Working On The Farm & Easter Dinner! (PA) “DAY 294” – 4/24/11

April 26, 2011 - 1:00 pm - (PA) “DAY 294” - Week 43 - State 40

Even though I didn’t do much yesterday except hang out with Matt and write, I still didn’t go to bed until sometime after 4 am.  What can I say... I’m a night owl. 😉  I mention that because Matt woke me up at 10 am so we could build a fence on his farm.

F.Y.I. - We are building a fence because next week when I’m officially here, Matt is throwing a bond fire party for me and the fence is just an easier entrance for people to get to the party.  Otherwise, they would have to walk a few hundred yards to enter.

Working On The Farm With Matt
Now, as you may be aware if you have read my site for awhile. I’m not very handy and have only been on a few farms in my whole life. (This was is/was one of them.) (Left: Me on a tracker in Arkansas with Spualding and Doug.)

So, getting up early (for me) and working on a farm isn’t exactly my cup of tea, but since I’m doing it with Matt, I’m excited to help out and get to business. 🙂  For the record, my idea of working might be different from yours, as even talking next to somebody who is working hard feels like work to me. 😉

Building The Fence
Like I just said, I’m not handy so I have never built a fence before, let alone a fence on a farm that’s used to keep cows from running away (well, walking away.) 😉  This should be interesting.

Matt on the other hand, has worked on this farm since he was kid and although nobody knows everything (his Dad told me that), he basically knows everything about this property and the things that need to be done on it.

OK, now that you have background on the two people building this fence, here’s what needed to be done.  We (Matt ;)) had to dig 4 holes for the new wooden posts we were  putting in.  Then, we had to reattach the barbed wire fence, followed by attaching the gate.

And lastly, I dug a small ditch along the inside area of the fence so Matt could run an electrical wire under it. (Besides using the fence as a deterrent, the electrical current helps stop the cows.)

Matt Does Most Of The Work
As anybody who knows me would assume, Matt did most of the work on the fence. (Well, at some point, his Dad (Bill) did come down and help us out for a while.)

But, I can honestly say that I’m the best Cub Cadet employee he ever had. (The Cub Cadet is the four wheeler Matt uses to get around the property. I used it successfully to get drinks from the house 2 or 3 times.)  Thus, I’m the best Cub Cadeter around! 😉

The Fence Gets Finished
Five hours of working on the farm later, we (Matt) finished building the fence for next week’s bond fire. (It does feel cool to accomplish something that you can physically see in front of you.) Nice! 🙂

Once we were done with the task at hand, Matt and I went back to his house to get cleaned up for the Easter dinner Matt’s parents were having at their place. (Matt’s parents house is on the same farm about 150 yards from Matt’s place.  You can walk, but we drove because it was muddy out.)

Easter Sunday With The Miller’s
At this point in my day, I’m exhausted.  I didn’t get a full night’s sleep and then followed it up by working on the farm for 5 hours.  So, I’m certain that after I have a big meal, I’m gonna wanna pass out right there at the dining room table.

Now that you know the frame of mind I was in, I’ll tell you about my Easter Sunday with the Millers. (I was happy to be there and excited to spend time with everybody there, but I was tired, that’s all I’m trying to get across.)

Matt’s Immediate Family
Anyway, at Matt’s parents house was Matt’s and his family (Renee, Liam), Matt’s sister and her 4 kids (ranging in age from 12-20), and obviously... me and Matt’s parents.

The beginning of this Easter celebration started with Matt’s Mom (Judy) handing out Easter baskets to all the kids.  It was funny because as she was handing each kid a basket, she would hop toward them saying, “Hippie dee hop-hop, hippie dee hop-hop” LOL. 🙂

F.Y.I. - Since it was their Easter dinner, I didn’t take as many pictures as I normally do or talk to much about my journey (only when I was asked directly about what I was doing).  This was because I didn’t want to be a distraction to a holiday that is normally reserved for just close family.

Easter Dinner
For being a homeless person, I’m actually a very picky eater. (I don’t like creamy food, white sauces like Alfredo, ranch, blue cheese, mayo etc., and a lot of other stuff.)

But, luckily for me, there wasn’t anything served tonight that I didn’t like.  And it was all good too! 🙂  They had ham, roast beef, string bean dish (I know that it’s kinda creamy but I like it anyway), as well as a Pittsburgh area staple, pierogies.  Umm Umm! 🙂

Thank You Miller Family!
After dinner ended and everybody left the table to relax, talk, or whatever, Matt told me it was OK if I left early to get some work done.  I didn’t leave right away, but once the food coma started to come over me, I thanked the Miller’s for having me and went back to Matt’s to write or as it turned out... to pass out.

Matt, Renee, & Liam Get Home
Around 8 pm I woke up from napping and that’s exactly when Matt and his family got home from his parents place. (I slept for about an hour.)  Everybody was whopped from along day already and since Matt and Renee had their normal life on Monday, they went to bed shorty after they got home.

Writing In My Room (The Guest Room)
For the rest of the night, I just stayed up stairs and wrote while watching TV. (I didn’t get a post up, but I did write my Saturday.)  I think I went to bed sometime around 3 am but who knows because I passed out with my laptop open.

More Donations Come In!
Oh yeah, while I was upstairs in the guest room writing all night, I got two more donations in through my Paypal account.  One was from Josh who I went to Kean U. with, met up with at Lollapalooza in Chicago, and who wrote an excellent story about in a Jersey on-line paper.  Thank you for everything Josh!

The other was from a lady named Liz.  I’m not sure who Liz is as she didn’t leave me a note with her contribution, but this donation means a ton to me as it must have been from somebody I met along the way who just wanted to lend a hand. 🙂  Thank you Liz!  (The total between the two was $65 dollars.) (Right: S.Alabama baseball stadium.)

My Plans In The Morning
Tomorrow morning I’m off to Cumberland, MD to stay at the Rocky Gap Resort for the next 5 days. (The room is comped for the whole time I’m there.)  It will be my 44th week and 41st state.  The finish line is almost in site. 🙂

Thanks for reading!


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  1. bennervous says:

    I hope u don’t mind if I use your line at some point because it just might be your BEST line of your entire blog:
    “…even talking next to somebody who is working hard feels like work to me”
    One big difference in the way I would’ve spun the story is that I would’ve said that I built the fence no matter how little I did.
    BTW — DUDE — answer your texts! It’s not like I text you that much. I got my answer so you can disregard the text i sent.

    One last note for MIKE — I gotta give you credit (or think u r insane…but really credit is due) for putting your phone # out there. Even when I dont agree with you, I usually get a good laugh at what u say.

  2. Liz says:

    haha! i’ve been reading your posts (you bought a ticket from me @ USA baseball). I figured thats why you put that picture of the University of South Alabama on your post! That’s where I’m from! Glad I could help out!

  3. Dad says:

    Sounds like a full daym of fresh air and a little
    bit of work. How good were the Perogies?

  4. Glad to help Rooster. Hope your luck turns at the tables (sounds like the week off so far is doing you good). Best of luck the rest of the way my friend.

  5. Caitie says:

    hey if u r still in town Friday or saturday I can get u tickets to a pirates game. Let me know if ur interested. I heard about u through my brother scotty. U hung out with him last night. I want to talk to u about possibly producing a documentary.

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