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Stress management on the farm.
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Clod    Posted 06-28-2003 at 15:38:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
There are a lot of things that can go wrong on the farm.Most can happen all at one instant,or build up from one event leading to the next something like a twenty car pile up on a freeway .Do any of you have a plan to handle stress at these times?Has anyone established a system to manage stress?I would like to have information on these formulas .Also..If a letter of the alphabet goes missing on your computer.WHY? AND>>>>>Why is it one that is always important? That W is often unavailable,,and R .This creates stress.

Jimbob    Posted 06-28-2003 at 18:50:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Although different, I worked on mega-dollar construction projects with tight schedules. Automotive is super high stress. Like learning anything, one gets better with time. Stress is just unavoidable.

My stress relief was just walking my mini farm and marvelling at the scenery. I am a transplant city boy thus may look at things differently. I had to get out after about 20 years on the road. Blood pressure was swinging too high. Back on the farm now, I do not need blood pressure pills. And, most industrial construction persons are in poor health by age 65. Union pension funds are huge in city locals. Workers do not live long enough to collect much!

Clod    Posted 06-28-2003 at 19:15:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Jimbob..I quit the plant construction awhile back though I liked the money ,It was high pressure,But here it is high pressure low money..I have just upped and moved to the country a couple of times..But the money aint in the country..Its in the city.Unless you find something unique to sell by trucking.

Clod.........Jimbob    Posted 06-28-2003 at 19:57:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I read your posts with interest. You have a lot of knowledge. I got out at 52. The money was big. I owe nothing to anyone except utility bills & we do lots of different things for money. I also saved some money (helps).

I sell on eBay. My wife does part time marketing for a company & works auctions part time.

We are going to get real estate licenses & my wife is going to perform appraisals for the townships in our county. I also repair guitar amplifiers.

Th whole thing will most likely add up to what I made before. Only thing missing is health insurance. I best buy this soon. I can get it thru our PPL deal.

Everything is relitively new here on the farm. Very little breaks. Our hobby farm is not dependent to feed us nor support us, however it is kind of geared up to do such.

Thus, life is low pressure here. The community is so laid back, that it rivals Louisana (nice people, just quite slow moving without much concern).

No guarantees here, could lose everything tomorrow. However, I have it easy for now.
I have had that overwhelming feeling at different times in my life (spoiled, but at least I knew it). I do not like being overwhelmed & use all my talents to avoid it. Still, I could get overwhelmed tomorrow at 7AM sharp.

If I was in your situation, I would get some friends to help pitch in. The neighbors who are struggling have asked for some help. We all pitched in one summer to save a farm. It worked- barely. The farm owner got hurt & could not move much for 6 months. We were real dumb at farming, but the yound crowd kept pushing.

CLOD to JB    Posted 06-28-2003 at 20:16:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I reall liked reading your story here.Im going to save it in documents to read again .I like that you work on guitar amps..I was into electronis a good deal .But not as business.I do know two amp makers. They are complex with a buch of caps for tones ..Scary! I like straight audio..They ways you have found to get by i the country takes more brainower than I have available.Im going to re read and talk more to you in the near future,Intersting man you are sir.

DeadCarp    Posted 06-28-2003 at 17:57:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh handling stress is easy - just work! When i was young and my chemistry started taking over, i noticed that football practice gave me a clear head again. My buddy is in a wheelchair and when the house gets to him, he kicks the door open & goes and drag races his dog. Stress is why city slickers jog! I've been known to get up at nite & go figure something out in the garage. Might even fix it. :)
And as Maggie Coventry (rest her soul) used to say "Don't tell ME there's nothing to do! There's ALWAYS something to do, and I'll bet it's more than you can finish! So grab the nearest project and start" :)

Clod    Posted 06-28-2003 at 18:18:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi DC! Yes,,I do design and invent things in my mind nights because you can focus on things you like and cut out those you dont.I get several things piled on at once or none.Then you get to wonder how to split things to get them all done in time.But the imposible is often asked of a person by the higher ranking one.Then you either must argue out the wisdom of the orders or try to get the thing done.

Andrew    Posted 06-28-2003 at 17:48:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I thought all farmers kept something a little extra growing in with the corn to keep life from getting stressful?

Clod    Posted 06-28-2003 at 18:20:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I guessed this Canadian advice would be diffrent before I looked.Ha ha!

cowgirlj    Posted 06-28-2003 at 16:27:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was always told you gotta' have a sense of humor for Country life. Just look at the bright side, or find the humor. For every negetive, there is a positive, just have to look a little harder sometimes.

Clod    Posted 06-28-2003 at 16:33:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am going to copy that you two posted here and e mail it to the boss.He could use the advice most.I mean this guy is not the good humor man who you know is there when you hear the ice cream truck.He is a clown in reverse.Ha ha!

Randy    Posted 06-28-2003 at 16:18:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Pretty much my stress management system is not to get stressed. You have 2 choices, get stressed or not. People ALWAYS ask me why things don't bother me. If I got all stressed out the problem would still be there and now it bothers me. Just fix the problem, it's part of life.

Clod    Posted 06-28-2003 at 16:25:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Randy.. I try to hide that but some days it all piles up at one time.I might just go fishing when it gets major.

Randy    Posted 06-28-2003 at 16:31:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Did you see the big catfish in the photo gallery to the left?

Clod    Posted 06-28-2003 at 16:39:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes,,A brown one? It was here on this board.I made a big deal of he color..Ours are blue or black here..I did oooooops..PC prob.

Randy    Posted 06-28-2003 at 16:52:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ever gone noodlin'?

Clod    Posted 06-28-2003 at 18:22:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
You got me there Randy..Seems I heard that name summers,,But cant guess what that is.., Now I am dying to learn..

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