Life at the farm keeps Cowboy and me on our toes. It seems between farm life and the critters, we are busy bees. There is always food (dog, cat, and horse, oh my) to be bought, stalls to be scooped, and fences to be mended. Well, you get the idea. It’s a busy place, and the project list is never ending. I tell folks all the time that while we love country life, it takes more time and money than we ever anticipated.
That said, there is nothing better than sitting on the porch looking out at the hills and horses, a breeze in the air with a wind chime serenade, and a glass of citrus iced tea in hand. The truth is, the farm is our favorite place on earth. We feel so grateful and blessed to live this crazy farmtastic life, which is why our favorite days are what we call close-the-gate days.
Close-the-gate is our way of saying no one comes in, no one goes out, and we get to enjoy the farm with our critters all to ourselves. While we love visitors, we absolutely cherish a little peace and quiet.
On these days, Cowboy is likely to be cooking up something lucscious on the grill, cats and dogs will be sprawled out napping, and I’ll have a batch of tea going on the stove while I flip through my stack of books for that perfect mystery fix. Sometimes we’ll give the horses much needed baths, laughing and getting ourselves soaked in the process. Or sometimes we’ll take the pups on a walk around the farm, stopping to inspect wildflowers while they inspect jack rabbit trails.
In short, we simply enjoy the day and each other. We live for and prep for close-the-gate days. We know when it’s coming and make sure our biggest chores are done, the fridge and pantry are stocked with fresh ingredients, and the critters are all set for some munching of their own. It’s a day to count your blessings, and here at the farm we use all of our fingers, toes, paws, and hooves to count them up one by one.
So whether you live on a farm, in the city, or the suburbs, we highly recommend a close-the-gate day to refresh the spirit. As we enter the hottest days of the year, take some time to soak it all in, and let us know how you enjoy your close-the-gate day.