Funny Farms

Most of my day was spent running errands and working on my office accounts.  Just staying at it an hour or two each day, makes for another one of my jobs finished more sooner than later.

One of my errands sent me out to my listing at 1034 Park Lane here in Mason City where I took new exterior and interior photos which I felt necessary so to replace the ones I took when I first listed it.  Now that the owner has moved out, prospective buyers will be able to more fully envision their own furniture placement within.  As with most long term owners, they usually have more furniture than those who’ve just lived in their homes a few years.  As with nearly everyone, long term home occupancy does create the opportunity to store all the more personalty.

Speaking of personalty, I’ve noticed this past decade how much more stuff–especially clothing, people have contained within their homes.  Just today, I showed a house to a young couple who seemed very interested in it simply because it offers a large amount of built-in storage cabinets and closets.  One closet off the hall, is almost the size of a small bedroom.  Whomever had that home custom built must’ve been major hoarders. When considering it was built back in the 1920’s, I’d say they were way ahead of their time with such a large number of built-in storage spaces.

There was an interesting article I read in the newspaper today about a young couple who purchased their “dream” acreage back in 2016.  What I found the most curious is that they intend to start raising all the more chickens and hogs so to sell their meat to some of our area natural food outlets.  I thought, “How wonderful to see more of our young getting back to the basics.”

After looking at the photos provided by the writer, I couldn’t help but consider them more of the “gentry” type who live within decorator homes perched out on a patch of land in our countryside.  I’m sure by trial and error they’ll learn that raising animals for at least a small profit, will entail a large amount of time and effort on their part to get their animals from birth/hatch to market. If there’s any advice I’d give any who want to step into that arena, is for them to be willing to invest extra time in creating a daily/monthly/yearly method and sticking to it.  I’ve seen good working farms, and really bad ones, and the one statement I make whenever seeing a bad is, “Domesticated animals absolutely DO NOT and CANNOT take care of themselves.”  There must ALWAYS be daily chore interventions by humans, and if there is not, they quickly become dysfunctional “funny farms”.  I’ll continue to wish them well, and hope they’ll have their acreage’s productivity skills fully fine-tuned all the more sooner than later.

As a footnote, the last “funny farm” I was at, I almost cried on behalf of all those animals great and small. Even thinking those animals now, nearly brings tears to my eyes.

Joe Chodur

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