Friday, June 13, 2014

On Sabbatical–Week 1

It’s such a pleasure to take a month off and do whatever I want. Most of the time it involves spending time with the kids.

I haven’t taken pictures of everything we’ve done but here’s a small list:

  • Trip to Waterton to the Teenie Weenie Theater company.


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  • Coached double header baseball games
  • Worked in garden
  • Planted trees
  • Baby sat 11 kids. Not sure I want to do that every day. (5 kids from friend who went to doctors appt, 3 from family member who needed a sitter, and 3 of our own)
  • Moved cow pasture. Fixed fence so yearling wouldn’t get out
  • 11 year old scout camp down to the river bottom
  • Helped pour concrete for neighbors basement
  • I’m going today to help pour another friends basement today as well. I’m not a contractor nor do I have really any of those skills. I find it funny that as soon as I take a sabbatical I now have lots of manual labor offers.

Not bad for the first week. Next week we intend to do a lot more fun stuff like the above.

Friday, June 6, 2014


I’m not a full time farmer. It’s quite a thing to even admit I’m any kind of farmer at all. I have very little farming skills. I do have sweet nunchuck skills but mostly my usable skills are based on things like SQL and Dynamics.

For my regular full time work I work from home for a small technology company in Southern California. But over the next month I get to take a break from my regular work life and do whatever I want. The company I work for has an awesome policy that after seven years employees earn a four week paid sabbatical. I’ve been with the company for about ten years and I’m finally getting around to it.

Part of the reason I haven’t taken advantage of the sabbatical yet is because I knew Milly would make me work on building our house instead of letting me do what I want. ha.

I’m not really sure what I’m going to do or when over the next four weeks. I’ve sat down and made a list of lots of things I want to do but I’m going to let the wind blow us around and go and do anything we want.

I’m guessing part of the time will end up me being a full time farmer for a bit as my list includes planting trees, tending garden, building a cow barn and wood shed, mulching tree beds, planting tomato’s, building cold frames, etc.

I think the list above just shows I’m a little crazy as my four week vacation might end up me working my tail off.

No matter. I have lots in the plans including travel and fun. I plan on taking lots of pictures and documenting my break for all to see.