After more than 23 years at Microsoft, I’ve decided it’s time for me to take a break. Starting March 12th 2018, I’ll be taking a leave of absence for a year. Deciding to do this has been one of the most gut-wrenching decisions of my life.
Let me start with a little background. Every year, we have new goats born on the farm – generally in March/April. Last year, we had about 10 or so. They live in the field with their moms until breeding season –
Spring is hay season and it puts a significant strain on my managing the balance between work and farm. For the past several weeks, I’ve been stealing away every spare minute I can to cut, rake, bale and haul hay. I’ve hayed about 75 acres and that yields one heck of a lot of hay.
You may have noticed I wasn’t very responsive during much of April. That’s because I took an extended “Farmcation” for about 3 weeks. I just returned to work on Monday and should be a bit more responsive now.
I won’t bore you with all the details but I wanted to share one thing.
Last week, we had some visitors from Redmond visiting us in North Carolina. I invited a few of them out to my house for dinner – they were interested in seeing this farm that I talk about from time to time.
Sorry for the back to back farm stories but I was relating the Fire! story to someone the other day and remembered another story I hadn’t shared.
As a cattle farmer, I go through a lot of hay – about 300,000 lbs per winter.
When you have a farm like I do, with a lot of pastures, a lot of fence lines and a lot of trees, you inevitably spend a lot of time clearing dead trees, fallen limbs, etc. from your fences and fields.
I apologize for being away for so long. It’s been a weird summer. I was out of the office for almost a month and have spent the last week furiously trying to catch up. So I’ve been absent from my blog for a while now.
For the past several months, friends have been bugging me to write another farm post – it’s been quite a while. The problem is that I haven’t been able to think of anything terribly interesting. Most farm work does make for a good blog post – chores,
Well, today was my turn to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. This morning I was tagged by both Adam Cogan and Scott Guthrie. Tempting as it is though, I’m not doing it twice I don’t know if it’s typical,