Still here…

I don’t have much in particular to post about. I just wanted to put it out there that I’m still here! I had posts all ready in my head for the past week and never got around to any of them. The menu plan was a bust. Brian has been so busy that I ended up riding in the semi with him quite a few nights just to see him. That means lots of leftovers and grilled cheeses. I guess he just gets in that mode and works, works, works. He’s up for work by 6 and got home after midnight two nights I think. I’m either sleeping in the passenger seat by then or falling asleep at home.


I used to be able to work like that but now it seems like I need so much sleep or I’m tired all the time. It doesn’t help that I have trouble shutting my mind off and falling asleep and have nightmares so often that keep me tossing and turning. I’m about ready to look for a sleep therapist or something but I’m trying a few other things first. I.E. reducing stress/stressful thoughts, cutting back the caffeine (tea) before bed, trying not to eat before bed, and trying to avoid shows like Criminal Minds. I spent some time looking through the Bible tonight to see what it says about dreams. I found a few helpful tidbits and a really neat quote that relates to farming that I’ll post sometime.

I feel kind of blah. I’m not sure if it just because I have so many projects going that I don’t want to do any of them or what. I’m hosting a birthday party for my sister next month so I’d really like to wrap up the Git ‘Er Done list by then. Lately I’ve been rearranging the rabbit room (aka spare bedroom) to make it a more usable space. It is right off of the living room and now has a couch and futon in it. I think it is going to be kind of “my room” for knitting, sewing, and just relaxing. Our living room couch always has several blankets and pillows on it because I sit there and it looks kind of messy. I wound most of my yarn stash in to nice, neat cakes today and organized them in the spare room dresser. Next, I need to organize my fabric and sewing accessories and find a place to store them.

The electrician came today. I forget to mention – and this is a big deal – Brian’s Mom is gifting us some money. She sold her house and is being very generous to share some of that income with us. It is enough that if we put a little with it we can have the whole house rewired all at once instead of breaking it up over another year like we’ve been doing. Anyway, we walked through the house and discussed the details. I picked regular white covers and switches versus almond or ivory. I like the bright white, I think it looks fresh. It will looks especially nice compared to all the discolored and painted over switch plates we have now. The wiring we have is so ancient and all jumbled together from different changes throughout the years. We used to smell hot things a lot and after the barn fire we don’t want to take any chances. I’m really excited to get it done.

Plus, the rewiring is one of the things standing between us and paying off our debt. With that gone all we need to do it finish the cattle building, rebuild the lean-to, save for a semi trailer and maybe a gravity wagon, and then we can start kicking it do the debt. We had originally wanted to do a few more projects beforehand but I’m so sick of putting it off and Brian agrees so we put the other projects on hold. Our goal right now is to be debt free except the mortgages by Christmas of 2010. Who knows if we’ll get there in time but if will be so worth it whenever it happens.

Hmm, this is getting really long for being a post about “nothing in particular”. Guess I”ll stop now.

I hope everyone had a great Halloween!


10 thoughts on “Still here…

  1. Farmer's Daughter

    I’m glad you’re doing the wiring, since it’s a safety thing. Our parents have also been very generous, and my dad has always said that’s what parents do, they work hard so they can give to their children. We’ll pay them back by doing the same for our children.

    As for sleeping, Ed is a sleepwalker and talker, and is up walking around a few times a month, but talks pretty much every night. He used to walk much more. I’ve done a lot of research about it, and it tends to be closely related to stress. When we were building our house, he was always talking about working, calling out measurements and talking about what he was doing in his sleep. He’d get up and put on his workboots, and I even caught him twice standing on the bed and unscrewing light bulbs from the ceiling fixture. I found it most helpful to say “It’s okay, it’s not time to work it’s time to sleep.” And he’d usually say “Okay” and go back to sleep.

    I bet your poor sleep is related to stress, and if Brian wakes up when you’re tossing and turning, tell him to say it’s okay and it’s time to rest. It sounds like it’s too easy, but it’s worked really well for us.

    1. marriedtothefarm Post author

      I told Brian what you said and that maybe he should just rub my back and say something reassuring. He laughed. Not because that wouldn’t help but because the chances of him waking up in the night are pretty much nonexistent. I’ve woken him up a few times when I’ve had really bad dreams and he sort of snorts at me and flops over and back to sleep. I told him we’d better think long and hard before we have children because I’m going to be very resentful when he doesn’t here the baby crying at night. The dogs even know to come to my side of the bed and whine because he never wakes up.

      I like your thoughts on parents giving to their children. I never thought of it that way but it does make sense. I try to avoid relying on our parents at all but when they push things like this on us it is really appreciated.

  2. Jenilee

    my dad drives a blue semi! 🙂 and I love the farm. We lived on a farm before we moved here. We rented but got to enjoy the horses, cows and other fun adventures of farm life… and a really huge garden! 🙂 hope the rewiring goes well.

  3. Julie

    I’ve been kind of in the same boat- I write blog posts in my head and never get around to posting anything and when it’s not spontaneous, after a few days it feels like, “what’s the point”. You have my sympathy on the sleep issues. I’ve been having trouble sleeping, even when I’m sooo tired. I hate it! I hope it gets better (for both of us!) soon. =)

  4. Jena's mom

    John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
    Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

    J, we can come help you around the house the weekend of the 14th. I have to work this weekend or we would come then. Love, Mom

  5. Angie

    Hi Jena,

    I’ve been having problems sleeping too. I know my insomnia is related to my erratic exercise schedule. I find that if I don’t work out at least 2x per week my sleep is affected. I am not a huge fan of regular exercise (seriously, who actually likes jogging?) but when it disrupts your sleep it does help motivate. Of course nutrition pays a huge part too – it sounds like your schedule is so crazy right now.

    Hope it gets better and your routine returns to normal.

    And GREAT news about the wiring.

    1. marriedtothefarm Post author

      You’re probably right about the exercise. I do think I slept better when I was doing to 30 day shred. Nutrition is a whole nother topic. Now that you mention it that might play more of a role than I realize. This time of year when Brian is gone a night so much I don’t eat very well. I don’t make dinner so I snack and then I’m hungry and eating right before bed.

      Thanks for the advice, I’ll have to give it some more thought.

  6. Leigh

    My DH is a trucker too. 🙂

    Doing the wiring a little here and a little there is a drag. It took us two months just fo finish the overhead wiring for ceiling lights. Talk about being thankful for small favors! Getting it all done at once is so much better. I’m glad it worked out for you.

  7. Ruth

    Jena~maybe you’re pushing yourself too hard; everyone needs sleep, you know! At least that’s what they keep telling me!

    How cool that you’re riding along with Brian in the semi! Sometimes that’s the only way we get to see our guys, by going to work with them! You know what they say about tractors: “She thinks my tractor’s sexy!” I think it’s the same for trucks!

    I’ve been way too busy to blog, but have all kinds of posts in my head, just have to get them down . . . one of the latest is the combine my guys ended up driving in Indiana! Will post pix soon!

    1. marriedtothefarm Post author

      Ruth – I suppose all those people are right about the sleep thing. It’d do us both good to heed that advice!

      I’ve noticed you seem to retain a good group of blog followers, even when you get busy and post sporadically. My blog seems to do really well when I post regularly but when I fall off the wagon I lose a lot of regular visitors for awhile. Bummer!


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