Everybody have a great Super Bowl Sunday? We had a good one.
Sunday my husband and I and our boys headed to the city to have a conversation with my mother and step father. My Step-father will find out soon if he will be one of the many people that are people laid off in the 2nd wave at one of the local aircraft plants. Things are getting bad here, every one, Beech/Hawker (aka Raytheon), Boeing, and Cessna have all laid off and will be cutting more jobs this month. This is bad for the economy here is Wichita. Spirit said they won't have to lay off until Boeing does. All the major factory jobs are being cut, From Big Dog Motorcycle to Koch Industries. 9/11 hit our community hard when it came to building airplanes. Our local news broke it down, the job loss is staggering even compared with all the lay offs that happened in 2001. Many of the people being laid off, are not new workers, these people have held these jobs for 12 years to almost 30 years. Many of these workers have held no other jobs straight out of high school. This trickles down, and will affect my husband's work. Luckily motorcycles are cheaper transportation, and the work shouldn't completely dry up. And we just got word about a couple of other friends that have been laid off of their non-factory jobs. Shoot, this isn't what I was going to talk about. See what you people do, ya get me going on the wrong subject. I had a history teacher in 6th grade that if we didn't feel like learning about a certain subject, we would ask a question about something else, and spend the next hour talking about it instead of the text book. . . I digress (thought you could trick me, did you?)
Some of my readers should remember me talking about a farmstead that we have an opportunity to homestead. Well, the time has come. We will begin work on it very soon. Sunday, my mother, stepfather, husband and I got down to a few details. What needed to be done first. My priority is corals for my animals. I will not be able to spend large amounts of time out there without the cows. Patch, the milking goat should be having her babies soon, and Donkey would just be plan lost without someone there to tell him he is a good boy. My mother wants the house going first. I guess the roof leaks, but the house is still standing, which is good enough for me. My husband has declared himself the keeper of the windmill and plans on having the running asasp. My stepfather has been working on a homemade generator so that we can power the farm off the grid. But after all the talk I think we have an objective of a quick coral, than house, while the men work on water and power. So anyone that is interested in that apprenticeship position better hurry.
One other change that will be taking place is how I blog. My mother had a camcorder and I thought it would be nice to record what is happening on the farm, and embedded the results here. In the beginning the video's won't be frequent, and I will still be writing. But as the days get longer, it might turn into a daily episode.
I was wondering how all of you felt about this. I have a very slow dial-up and really can't watch video's on my pc. I know I am not alone. Please, if you would, leave your opinion in the comments. Would you like to see me in action? Or prefer that I continue to write it all down. Or would you like the video's and a recap of what went down in my own words at the end or later in the week?