“Remember – you have the bigger brain” – these words of instruction provided to me echoed thru my mind. It was my mantra as I went out to feed the horses for the first time. I know very little about horses, except that they are much bigger than me; but apparently their brain isn’t. A few days earlier Amy had taken me for a test run of the farm chores; showing me how to feed the chickens, gather eggs, call for the horses, feed them separately and give them the right mix of food. Now, on my own for the first time, the horses seemed much larger than before. I thought I would ease into the horses by checking on the chickens first. They seemed easier…and much smaller.

My latest house-sitting gig has landed me on a farm. It’s really a hobby farm (so I’m not taking care of livestock or driving a tractor – yet that does sounds like fun for a few days!) The farm is home to 3 horses, a couple dozen chickens, 5 or 6 cats, and 1 big dog that is more of an uncoordinated rag doll than a dog! All of this fur meant that I was downing my allergy pills with gusto!

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  • Sherry Ott

    What is Ottsworld? It’s my journey! I quit my corporate IT job 2 years ago and said goodbye to blackberries, meetings and New Y…

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