Welcome to the March 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Day in the Life This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have given us a special glimpse into their everyday. ***
Our life has a regular rhythm that often depends on the seasons or current employment status. In the rainy season, our life revolved around planting, while in the dry season it centers around the harvest. The employment status of my husband, myself and 12-year-old son, also varies. When there is work available, we work, when there isn’t, well, we make do.
Sunday activities are the most consistent year-round and little affected by our work schedules. I often get asked about what we do living off-grid in the middle of nowhere in central Mexico. I have to say, there is never a dull moment around here! We get up with the sun on Sunday morning and have our coffee. Right now, we have a plethora of little chivitos (kids) that are enjoying our organic raw goat’s milk, so we take the coffee black more often than not. (See Birth and Death).
After breakfast, the animals are attended to. (See Old MacDonald’s Farm) Our current collection of horses, chickens, rabbits, cats, goats, turkeys, sheep, donkey, cow and dog are fed and watered, and any issues that need to be addressed are done so at this time. For example, this Saturday our youngest goat, Princess, had her first baby. She has been having a bit of a problem adjusting to her new role as a mother when just on Friday she was a carefree youngster. So we have been assisting with her learning curve a bit. Princess gets a little extra corn to increase milk production and a little help in remembering to stay put so her littler princess can have some breakfast. We expect to only have to assist a day or so more.
After that, we gather the laundry together and head to Quirahoyo to do the wash. (See After Ecstasy the Laundry) Many hands make the work light, so we each set up at our own washboard. This Sunday, a local elderly woman was there with her broom and rake, clearing up the place. She was complaining about the amount of trash, which was considerable. As we leave no trash, our consciences were clean in that regard. My husband gave her a hand with the raking. In gratitude, she lit the pile of trash with her cigarette before we had finished washing, and we finished up with smoke in our eyes and a cough in our throats.
We headed home to hang the clothes for drying. About this time, we start to get a little hungry. Sometimes we go for a plate of birriria ( goat broth) or head to Cerano for some carnitas de res (fried beef) (See Failing at your own business–Tianguis) but this last Sunday we stayed home and had leftovers. Remember, no refrigeration means food is eaten promptly. Of course, with a pre-teen in the house, leftovers are not much of a problem.
Just as we finished, we had visitors. A couple that owned lots in La Yacata came to see if we could help them locate the lots and if we knew anyone who would be interested in buying them. My husband went with them to mark the lots with cal (chalk). Even though we tried to pass our positions in the mesa directiva (community group) last November (See Trying to Bow Out of the Yacata Revolution) colonos (residents) still come to us when there is an issue with their lot.
Then it’s time for our son’s soccer game. He has become quite the enthusiast, even playing goalie on two teams right now with a third school team in the works. Today’s game was close, 6 to 5, but they came out victorious which puts this team in the semi-finals.
We stopped for an ice cream treat and picked up tortillas, vegetables, and cheese for enchiladas. While my husband prepared them, he is, after all, the authentic Mexican around here, my son and I did some general straightening up around the house. During the week, we often are pressed for time, and things can get disordered if we don’t stay on top of things.
After we had eaten, it was time to take the goats and horses out for their daily romp. There isn’t much in the way of food during the dry season for the animals, but they enjoy their time out and about anyway. We are only taking the adults out right now, at least until this mob of babies is just a little bit older. The kids don’t mind the unsupervised recess time either and frolic about like, well, kids in the enclosed space set aside for them.
This afternoon, since there was a wee bit of rain last night, my husband harnessed Fiona up to test the soil. It turned out to be still too dry, so she and the horses spent the afternoon grazing in the field instead.
After everybody is back in, it’s siesta time. My son and I often use this time to read. My husband likes to use this time to dream with or about the animals. He builds his stables in the air so to speak while listening to the radio outside. It’s a quiet time of day.
Once the heat of the day has passed, we start with the evening chores. The animals need to be fed and watered. The clothes need to be brought in and put away. Things need to be readied up for Monday morning and the work week. We eat dinner or have snacks if we like. Once it is dark, we plug our DVD player into the AC/DC adapter in the truck and watch a movie, a nice reward for our long day. Morning comes early after all!
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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
- A Day as Mama and Data Manager — Becca at The Earthling’s Handbook explains what she actually does as data manager of a social science research study, as well as Mama to a baby and a fourth-grader.
- Pictures of a Day — A photo montage of a typical day in the life of Life Breath Present! You can see how she wakes up and spends her time in quiet, to Baby Boy sleeping at dinner, making natural products, and so much more!
- Escaping a Mekong cityscape for a slice of rural life — It’s often necessary for Nathalie of Kampuchea Crossings to escape the heady concrete jungle that Phnom Penh is rapidly becoming, for the calmer environment of rural life.
- Community-schooling — Dionna at Code Name: Mama and her family don’t *home*school, they *community* school!
- A day in the Life in La Yacata — Read how Survivor and her family at Surviving Mexico Adventures and Disasters spend their Sundays off-grid in rural central Mexico.
- Day in the Life of the Cole Family — Stoneageparent details the everyday life of her family through twelve photos taken over twelve hours
- The Days Are Just Packed — Holly at Leaves of Lavender talks about the beauty and simplicity of daily life with a toddler.
- A Day In The Life of a Heavily Pregnant Naturally Parenting Mama — At 37 weeks pregnant, Sam Vickery of Love Parenting shares her current reality as she naturally parents her four-year-old and awaits her sweet baby.
- My Life in Pictures on a Random Day — Donna at Eco-Mothering captures a random winter day in Rhode Island through a series of snapshots. What seemed boring at first made her smile in the end.
- How One Book Inspired Our Whole Day: A Day in the Life — How to plan the whole day with a toddler after reading one book together from Rachael at B is for Bookworm.
- A day in the life of an unschooling, work-at-home family — Lauren at Hobo Mama shares a picture journey through a typical day with three little homeschooling boys.
- Day in the Life of a Toddler — From mess making to cleaning up to trying new things, All Natural Katie shows the life of a toddler.
- Things I have done today (and every other day for the past seven years) — Marija Smits shares what a ‘normal’ day looks like in her crazy world of kids, writing, creativity and household chores!
- Just Another Wednesday — Lactating Girl at The Adventures of Lactating Girl shares a glimpse into a typical Wednesday in her family’s life.
- Day in the Life — Dr Sarah at Good Enough Mum gives us glimpses of her life as a British GP and mum.
- Our days, these days — Dietary restrictions and health issues take a lot of time for Jessica Claire at Crunchy-Chewy Mama, but she still follows her passions and tries to show up for her kids.
- A (Typical) Day in Our Life — ANonyMous at Radical Ramblings describes a typical day with two kids, eight cats and two dogs.
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Thanks for commenting on my blog. Your day in the life is revealing of a family life led quite differently from ours, due to your old MacDonalds Farm. An interesting insight into life on a farm with children.
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Thanks for showing us a day in your family’s life. I always wonder about being off grid, but I’m not entirely sure if I’d adjust to no electricity/refrigeration, etc. Although, I think I’d really like us to homestead one day, which is pretty close 🙂
It does take some getting used to. You find that you can do without a lot more than you think you can.
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Thanks for giving us an insight into your life – so different to mine, and yet so similar. I think mothers are busy always, creating, cooking, loving, dreaming, writing, doing the laundry… 😉
That’s for sure!
I loved your post! Life sounds simple but very enjoyable. We would all benefit from a little time off the grid to just enjoy all the beauty around us. And to work a little harder!
At first it was difficult, frustrating I guess. But now we’ve gotten into a real rhythm and it is really satisfying.
You lead an interesting life, and this post gives me a lot of insight into what it is like to farm with a family… and to do it all without things that so many of us consider basic necessities! Thanks for letting me get a glimpse of your life.
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I love these glimpses into your life – thank you for sharing!
OMG, those enchiladas look delicious! I loved getting a glimpse into your off-the-grid lifestyle. Thank you for sharing!
I think you win for most unique carnival post! Well, maybe tied with Kampuchea Crossings. I love having you share your daily life.
I didn’t see the baby goat at first — I thought the mama was the baby. That kid is so tiny & adorable!
I want those enchiladas! When can we come over to eat?
Well, we did get the roof up on the second floor, so we are almost ready for guests! 😉 Yes, Princess is still technically a baby and there she went and had a mini-me. Quite a surprise for everyone, including Princess herself!
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I love that you’ve taken the plunge and gone off grid – what a great way to work together as a family, raising animals and being outside so much! We had our honeymoon in Yacata and were made to feel very welcome there.
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It really is a family effort, this life of ours. And it has been so satisfying as a result.
Curious – why La Yacata? 🙂 We left because of the political landscape in the US. We ended up settling in Cambodia for a “short while”. The environment in the capital city was so raw back then – poor roads, no internet, people would come in to the establishment and set their handguns down on the table or counter. Going back to NYC for a vacation – stark culture shock. Now with a family, I want the kids to experience both (not specifically NYC or Phnom Penh, but the varied perspectives).
Thanks for the life perspective and glimpse into your day!
My husband is Mexican and from a small town near here. We moved to La Yacata because we could afford 2 small lots there, instead of in town where if we had bought a lot we wouldn’t have been able to build a house. Mexico is absolutely breathtaking, despite its political issues. I, for one, do not regret our decision to set up a life here.
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Wow! I live in Mexico, but in a heavily populated urban area. Life could not be more different! I sincerely admire you for living out in the country, and I do understand how you can be happy there. Like you say, despite everything, Mexico is beautiful. However, I wonder if you have any safety issues. My husband has relatives who have a farm in the country, and they complain that it isn’t as quiet and peaceful as it used to be.
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We do have safety issues. Our neighbors are not as honest as we would like. Our horse was recently injured deliberately. Our donkey has been shot. The police come out in the middle of the night to do whatever it is they do. We don’t leave our animals or home unattended for more than an hour at a time. But really, I think we’d have more problems in town.
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