Monday, July 25, 2016

There's Always Something

This morning when Scott got up for work (I worked an evening shift so I got to sleep in) he had a very unwelcome surprise - we had NO water! He immediately checked the usual culprits as this happens to us far too often. The clocks were still set to the correct time, so the power didn't go out, the breaker hadn't got flipped somehow and the cows water tub was not tipped over.

Now that he had ruled all out, he started to panic. He had to be to work at 8 and it was 7:10 when he found there was no water, so he didn't have much/any time for this. He woke me up to help (because I'm a lot of help, right?) so obviously I was in a great mood getting woke up at 7am on my one day to sleep in. Of course, neither of us could figure out what was wrong and the clock was ticking. We ended up bickering with one another because Scott doesn't deal well with issues like this (when he doesn't have time) and I don't do well when my sleep is cut short. Scott left for work and I was left to deal with the no water issue.

In a normal household, having no water sucks but it's not the end of the world for a short period of time. On a farm however, it is a major problem. We currently have 20 cows, 2 horses, 10 turkeys and 40 chickens on the farm and it was forecasted to be a 30+ degree day. Therefore, no water equals HUGE ISSUE!

Luckily we are extremely fortunate and have wonderful neighbors. One of these wonderful neighbors happens to be quite a handyman and was able to come and have a look at the water pump. Within an hour of him showing up, he had the issue solved and fixed! It turned out to be an electrical issue that was a fairly cheap and easy fix - crisis averted. The animals only ended up going about 2 or 3 hours without water.

In farming there is ALWAYS SOMETHING going wrong; whether it's a cow getting sick, a tractor breaking down or waking up to no water (all of which have ACTUALLY happened to us within the last month).Something that Scott and I are always amazed by is that the farming community looks after their own. It is tight knit and whenever you need a hand there is someone there to give it. We often get caught up in the moment; panicking and trying to fix the problem that seems like the end of the world at the time. When everything has calmed down, we always make a point to reflect and take some positive away from the situation. In this case, we are so lucky to live in the community we do and have such caring neighbors. This is not the first time, nor will it be the last, that we have had to rely on their kindness and we will never take that for granted!

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