Ramblings From Roda

img_4328Something happens to my brain, when I am preparing to go on vacation. I clean everything, to the point that the kids ask if the Pope is going to be visiting Indigo Acres. My very “Type A” personality becomes type AAA.  My normal busy days quadruple with tasks and chores.  I could give the energizer bunny a run for her money! I’m tired and filthy, to the point that if I were a bath and body scent, it would probably be titled,  “Weedy Poo”. Welcome to my life!  I love it!


To my defense, an amazing lady stays at our home and runs Indigo Acres while we are away. She is a saint! I want to make her stay here as smooth and relaxing as possible. I don’t leave our “Staycation” very easily, and honestly ask myself if the work to prepare for a vacation is worth it.  Knowing she is here, taking care of our critter family, does set me at ease. But why the serious push?

Honestly, I know the answer to my own question.   By the time I am on vacation, finally relaxed, it’s time to get back on the plane and return home.  The last thing I want to do is hit the ground running, as soon as I return.  Reentry can be painful!  I am determined to keep balance. Although going on vacation means family time and lots of photography time for me, it also is a time for renewal and restoration. When I return home, knowing that the human and animal houses are clean, means that I don’t hit that brick wall of reentry. I ease back in, with balance.


This is probably the last family vacation we will take for awhile. My oldest leaves for college next summer. (Let’s not talk about that right now) This is one of the many reasons why I’m going to embrace this time and enjoy every moment. I know that once I’m sitting on that airplane, my mind will clear and, although I will think about the animals, my main focus will be on my human family.

As much work as it is to prepare for leaving over 100 critters, I will embrace the gifts I receive from the journey.  I can honestly say that I am always filled with gratitude, when I return home to Indigo Acres. Our little farm is truly magical. Returning with a restored state of mind and balanced attitude, creates even more daily bliss. What a precious gift!

We’ve spent the past four years creating our “Staycation” here at home. But, I have to admit, taking a break from daily life allows me to appreciate it, even more, when I return.   So, while I am unplugged and enjoying an amazing adventure in the Rocky Mountains, I will rest.  My blog will rest, too.  But, I will have lots of stories and photography to share, when I return!

Over the next week, remember to take some time for you. Unplug and Just Be. It will be the greatest gift you can give to yourself…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…



The Many Reasons WHY I Need A Vacation!

Warning…this post is not as positive as most.  There might even be some naughty words!  Proceed with caution…

img_7153Yesterday began like any other Monday…

  1. I woke up – 6:00 a.m.
  2. I sent the kiddos off to school.
  3. I ate breakfast, checked my blog/ e-mail and fed Murphy.
  4. I started laundry in both washers. (Yes, we have two washers and two dryers.  Best investment ever!  One set on each floor.  With teenagers and farm laundry, I am happy to not lug laundry, up and down stairs, all day long.  Now, if only I had two dishwashers!)
  5. 30 minutes of Yoga
  6. I meal planned and ordered groceries for the week, to be delivered in the afternoon. (I love that for a very small fee, grocery shopping is now completed from my phone, in 15 minutes.  I save hours and don’t forget a thing!  I also don’t buy all the extras that are not on the list!  Best service EVER!!!)
  7. I started my favorite little cleaning friend, Roomba – AKA “Rumi”!  (If you have ever considering investing in a little robot vac, I HIGHLY recommend it, especially if you have pets (children included)!  Rumi does a fantastic job.  She also occupies the cats for hours!)
  8. Finally, I bundled up, to head out, into the arctic bliss, for chores at 9:30a.m.

These steps all ran very smoothly!  I am a bit of a type A person.  (Big Surprise!) I am all about streamlining and multitasking.  I have a lot of passions and like to have time for them all, without the weight of weekly tasks getting in my way.


As I walked to the barn, I had a huge smile on my face!  The sun was shining, the sky was clear blue and no new snow had fallen overnight!  It might have only been 7 degrees, but it was gorgeous outside. Oh happy day!  Cue up “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves!img_7155.jpgAs I opened the barn door, I was instantly greeted by hungry animals.  Magic was huffy. I guess I was not moving fast enough!  Little Frodo was pawing at his stall door, wanting out immediately and the sheep were all BAAAAAAing up a storm.  You would think these animals were starving!  In the meantime, the goats frantically paced the fence, waiting for their hay.  I am only one person, yet I could hear all of the animals calling, “Me first, me first!”.

From that point on, my routine became a bit rocky.


  Let me make another list…

  1. Sam, the goat, decided to say “hello” by head-butting me, while I bent over to clean out the hay feeder.  Really? Are you kidding me… I love you and appreciate your playful way, to say “good morning”, but do I look like a goat!?
  2. One of the heated water bowls was frozen solid.  I broke the ice and filled the bowl  with hot water. I am in charge of living things.  Wifey is in charge of dead things.  The water bowl was not working, therefore it was “dead”.  Period.  Case Closed!  I immediately added that to Wifey’s to do list!
  3. When I entered the duck run, with a nice goat induced headache coming on, I notice one of the Indian Runner ducks had a bloody wing.  It looked like a pulled pin-feather, but it was difficult to tell.  She was hungry and was not going to tolerate me doctoring her, at the moment.  When I texted Wifey to tell her about ducky, the text went something like this…  ” I had a bloody *uck.”  You can imagine where Wifey went with that one!  I tend to dictate my texts and need to really slow down and proof them.  So, if I ever text any of you reading this, and you see the word *uck, please know that I am talking about my sweet DUCKS!
  4. I proceeded to the chicken run ,to give the girls their morning treats, including meal worms and crickets.  Sweetie, one of my seabright bantams, loves her treats and often flies and lands on my head or shoulder, impatiently waiting for a sprinkle.  Well, I guess I was not moving fast enough for her either, for she swooped down, landed on my head, and decided pecking my head would speed up the situation!  Goats…chickens…why my head, people!?
  5. At that point, I was glad to be done with critters.  The only love I received, was from Ophe the Newfoundland and the 6 barn cats!  At least a few of them were in a good mood!  I had gone from singing “Walking on Sunshine” to 9 to 5 by Dolly!
  6. I always save mucking stalls for last.  As you can see, if I mucked stalls first, it would be full on mutiny.  Without a doubt, Farmer Roda would be burned at the stake!  On a positive note, I had a moment of love when I noticed a piece of horse poo, in the perfect shape of a heart.  It was a magical piece of poo and for a moment, I smiled and felt love.  Then, I realized I was hit in the head harder than I thought, and it was really just a chunk of horse shit…I mean poo. (Girl, pull yourself together!) img_7156
  7. I loaded up the tractor, with soiled bedding from the stalls, and headed out to the compost pile.  With over a foot of snow on the ground, I knew low gear would be my friend.  Most importantly, I needed to be careful not to get the tractor stuck!  Considering our gator/plow was picked for repairs, nothing could happen to the tractor.  %&$*%&$*@&$@  Let’s just say that there were spinning tires, colorful language and flying horse nuggets!  But, in the end, I WON!  The tractor is back in the barn, safe and sound!
  8. Finally…3 hours later I was finished!  Just in time to shower before groceries would be delivered.  I am notorious for forgetting my towel before showering.  I am known for bellowing for someone to please bring me a towel.   Well, today I was on my own.  I would dry my feet on the bath mat, enough to get to the closet of towels, in our room.  As I opened the closet door, I realized I washed all of our towels this morning!  There was nothing but wash cloths and hand towels left!    I had no words…at least not any I should type!img_7158As you can see, these are all first world problems.  I know, I need to call the WHAMbulance…in fact, I think I will call it for myself!  One week from Friday, I escape the farm for 4 days, on my little mini vacation!img_7159 No laundry…  No cleaning…  No cooking… No chores… I will stay clean! Most importantly,  I will not get head butted! Although, a pigeon just might land on my head…img_7157

I am now singing, “It’s the Final Countdown” by Europe!

Where in the world is Roda going!?


Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…




The Gift of Gratitude: Sleep

Today celebrates Day 10 of my 31 Days of Gratitude…Sleep!

Today (Saturday) was a very exciting day for our family, for we added four new additions to Indigo Acres!  If you follow Growing Self on Instagram, you might have already watched the video of these precious critters.  As exciting as today has been, I am exhausted!  Driving 5 hours round trip, in the snow, has made me very sleepy…

I am now going to truly Be Still and snuggle up with Merlin and say goodnight.  Tomorrow, I will share all about our new babies!  Until then, I will give everyone a hint…

Our new critters rhyme with the word Jeep!

Sleep well and dream beautiful dreams…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…