Sunday, January 30, 2005

Shoot the Rooster, Buy an Alarm Clock

I suppose my hectic week finally caught up with me. I get up at 2:30 AM, and if I don't.... Things just don't get done. On the Lord's Day it is even more important because I have to do the whole days work before 8:30 or so. We have to leave by 9:00 and the church is about 30 miles from the farm. This morning I woke up and looked at the clock.............OH the horror......5:15Am and all ain't well. I was milking by 6:00 and usually I'm done by then. Just when I thought I was gonna pull it off..........yep you know, the barn cleaner broke. I finally Got the barn cleaned by 10:30 and still had to feed hay and bed the milk cows. I sent the wife and kids to church and I had to stay home. I hate missing the Worship service. It dose not happen often, but when your farming; sometimes it can't be helped. I often wonder what it would be like to roll out of bed Sunday morning and lazily prepare for church. God made me a herdsman, so I don't think I'll ever know what its like. I made the best of a bad situation. First I listened to a Wilkins sermon, which was a free gift from the fine folks at Southern and Reformed Books. It was actually a whole church service on tape, very good sermon. Then I listened to the Psalms being sung for the remainder of my chores. It was a heat wave today, 30 above! I hope it stays warm for a few days. I've got alot of work to catch up on.


At 1/31/2005 5:48 AM, Blogger Rebecca said...

We missed you at church too, Scott.

At 2/01/2005 5:53 AM, Blogger Rebecca said...

Here is a run down of my "lazy" Sunday morning...

Family wakes up...I shower while Corynn eats breakfast so my hair can air dry.
I get Corynn reday for Church.
Start the bread machine.
Prepare everything for our afternoon meal (which takes a long time....)
Pack Corynn a lunch and then pack diaper bag for church.
Go upstairs...make both beds.
Finish myself up- clean up the bathroom
Clean up any toys that Corynn has decided to let loose, so that house looks nice for when we come home.
All this time, Matt has prepared himself, he usually helps me with something, and then studies scripture.
So you see, though we don't wake up at 2:30 in the morning-we don't wake up at 8 either. Though we don't have to take care of livestock, we are proactive in taking care of ourselves and the needs that will arise throughout the day.
I say all this because it seemed as though you thought only Farmers were spending their Sabbath mornings glorifying God and all the rest of us act slothfully.
But the truth of the matter is, just because you are not a farmer does not mean you are lazy. I believe our Sabbath mornings are glorifying unto God just as yours are...but in different ways.

At 2/01/2005 5:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your wife gave us the link from her CMOMB group. I thoroughly enjoyed what you had written here. The information as well as the tidbits of humor were interesting to read.

Keep up the great job Farmer!!!
Blessings from Melissa in South Carolina

At 2/01/2005 8:03 PM, Blogger abigail said...

way out west past the church of all the rest
speeds an itty bitty family
dressed in all its pretty best

the mama of the family
--lazy daisy she--
has not made bread nor brushed her head
nor fed the cows by ten of three

she rolls right out of bed
when the cock crows 'diddly dee'
and then rolls right back in again
(don't DARE think SHE is ME)

at last the roars drown out her snores
her boy cries, "UP WITH THEE!"
she flies around, ignoring chores
and more and more of those and those
to find some clean and unrent clothes
for a. and m. and, i mean HERSELF.

so what if the rhyme and rhythm aren't consistent, have no purpose, and end abruptly? it's not like a former english teacher had a hand in its lickety-split composition.

i laud the hardworking "f"armer dreaming of sleep with calloused hands half-frozen and the juggler-mama with dough-covered paws, and i hope to lazily roll out of a nanticoke bed some sunday morning in the future to see you both.

At 2/01/2005 8:07 PM, Blogger abigail said...

for the scores of you who are puzzling this over, i defend my use of "not" followed by "nor"...

"The rules for using nor are neither simple nor easy to spell out. When using neither in a balanced construction that negates two parts of a sentence, you must use nor, not or, in the second part. Thus you must say He is neither able nor (not or) willing to go. Similarly, you must use nor (not or) when negating the second of two negative independent clauses: He cannot find anyone now, nor does he expect to find anyone in the future. Jane will never compromise with Bill, nor will Bill compromise with Jane. Note that in these constructions nor causes an inversion of the auxiliary verb and the subject (does he … will Bill …). However, when a verb is negated by not or never, and is followed by a negative verb phrase (but not an entire clause), you can use either or or nor: He will not permit the change or (or nor) even consider it. In noun phrases of the type no this or that, or is actually more common than nor: He has no experience or interest (less frequently nor interest) in chemistry. Or is also more common than nor when such a noun phrase, adjective phrase, or adverb phrase is introduced by not: He is not a philosopher or a statesman. They were not rich or happy."

At 2/02/2005 4:53 AM, Blogger reformed farmer said...

Mrs. Newman,

It seems you are a bit defensive. When did I say that non-farmers were lazy. I never said nor implied that. I would rather have a less stressful Sabbath morn, that way I could keep my mind on God and not the 500 tasks at hand. Anytime you wish to trade jobs with me just drop that sweet little girls off for me to care for. You know were the barn is, my girls will be waiting.


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