Life on the Farm 2022

Can also check out what the Dreamcatcher Hill Puppies and Rescue family has done in the past years (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)*.

*These years are not including the untech-savy years of raising puppies since 1989. The years included are the ones where the new skill of blogging took place.

2022 started off terrific on the family front. Our past child was excelling at his families, and we welcomed a new daughter, with plans to add another teen son.

We hired a new person to help fill in part of the gap of the last employee who quit when Covid started, she was terrific, and the terrific college student who came up with the computer stuff to make life easier and could do anything with an excellent attitude and hard working ethics. He is working toward a Dr. degree, and no doubt is going to be a good one! Art has had chronic health problems and has been unable to work much at all almost 2 years now. This time he developed a hernia first of November 2021 and its now February 2022. Its not healing right. He can drive to the vets, when the dogs need to go, and does some dishes. I have been drowning with all the child care, doing all of his usual job, and still attempting to do my usual 2 peoples worth of work in the office, with puppies, and on the farm. Mali, our new help is terrific and can do videos and tech stuff I can’t do! Plus has that great work ethic and great people skills, better then mine! I hope she wants to work a lot! Kim, one of my daughters, is following her long term goals of only working here a few years then doing house flipping with her husband, which started last summer. She’s rarely here, but it is SO wonderful when she can make it over. She’s organized like I can only dream of, and just great at everything! Mike has been working 2 years now and took over all of the outside work Art, and Libbie used to do before he started working here. I milk the goats, and bottle the babies. ITs so nice to have someone on call when I run into problems and Art isn’t up to fixing it. He is off on weekends, which I then have to do almost everything. Keith, my son, builds things and fixes all the many things that fall apart on the farm, including the tractor, and sometimes helps me do farm chores on the weekends.

The new kennel took a back seat when we were so short of help keeping the basics all done. The critter care and family always comes first. I am hoping with Mali working the guys can go back to building the kennel. Its a really big project.

2 weeks into January Brandy, Mike, and Keith all caught covid, 4.5 days after they started Art got it. Mili is only 13, and though she was only here a couple weeks learned how to milk the does, and bottle feed the goat kids. Plus she helps me on weekends and has been just a joy to have around. Full of personality and when everyone got sick I don’t know what I would have done without her help. Not at all how I pictured her first month here! It was also freezing cold so chores are much harder to do. I don’t need a gym membership, just need to do the farm chores instead of office work. She loves the idea of having a job that she can work if she wants, or not as she wants. At 13 school, and doing kid stuff is the priority.

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