Hard to believe it’s the end of February; I’m hoping March will come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. We’re to have rain mixed with snow showers tonight and tomorrow with clear skies on Wednesday…so hope springs eternal.
I’m home after speaking at the 2006 Mid-Atlantic Direct Marketing Conference in Reading, PA on Saturday. It was a very long drive, just a mile or two shy of 1,000 and I’m every so glad to be home. I do enjoy speaking and teaching and meeting like minded folks who are proud and happy to be engaged in agriculture. My main audience is small acreage, hobby, family and female farmers who are interested in increasing farm income. Actually, that’s the primary title – Increasing Farm Income Using Agri-Culture, Agri-Education, Agri-Tainment and Agri-Tourism. I teach people how to work their farming business so they can increase farm income to the point where one of the couple can stay home.
My undergraduate degree is in Recreation, Parks and Tourism and it didn’t take me long to figure out that thirty acres and a handful of critters would work me to death but not make me much money. So, I merged the aforementioned and teach other people how to do the same.
There were between seventy-five and one hundred people in the morning session and about fifty to seventy-five in the afternoon session. I should have made an exact count but was too preoccupied to tend to all my housekeeping duties.
The odometer shows only a few miles shy of 1,000 being driven since Thursday when I left and last night when I returned home. It was a long drive, most of it straight up the Valley and it was beautiful. Coming home I drove through three or four snow blizzards that lasted for five minutes and then ceased. It was very strange driving but I enjoyed it greatly.
Today was spent trying to catch up…chores, feed store and still have to go to the grocery store tonight after supper. We didn’t go to the grocery while at the feed store because Dave likes wally world and that’s at the opposite end of the county. I have a feeling I’m going to be tired early tonight and want my comfy bed soon.
O, it’s grand to be home!