Time is something modern homesteaders do not feel we ever have enough time of. When I address ourselves as modern day homesteaders I am referring to the fact that my husband and I both work as we strive for a self sustaining life. We plan chores around our paying jobs….yep, those darn pesky jobs, and regardless of what season we are in, the job needs to get done.
With winter comes shorter days, a time when we are suppose to slow down and rest before the working seasons of spring thru fall. But honestly, I think that we work harder during the winter months, and our animals don’t seem to understand that we have been gone all day and it’s already time to head to bed.
We let them out and feed them before the sun rises, evening chores are done around 4:30pm…in the dark, wellness checks on our small farm animals change from daily to the weekend, and repairs to their housing will usually wait as well.
There are many who feel adjusting the clock, forward or backward, is completely unnecessary. I am going to be selfish and say, having more sunlight toward the end of the day to complete chores is quite a bit more valuable than more light in the morning.
As modern day homesteaders we clean the stalls and the coop in the dark, and our poor goats just don’t seem to understand that they are not able to forage but for a few moments Monday – Friday (predators here are to fierce). I have resorted to following our small herd of four around (with a flashlight!) for a long as we can, allowing them to forage to their hearts delight.
The chicken and ducks filter into the coop slowly, but they are quite angry at me as I clean their drop pan and the bedding. I am definitely in their way as they try to get settled, and their clucks quacks of frustration are almost deafening to my ears!
I would have never given a thought to daylight saving 5 years ago. I was content with sitting and resting by 4pm. We now have chores and responsibilities that require additional daylight hours, and I will beg for the additional time. I am pretty sure I will not be able to change the fact that daylight saving exists, so we have become a family that owns many headlamps and flashlights, completing our chores in the dark.