Beating Boredom on the Homestead


multiple ways to beat boredome 

Upon writing this article, our world is facing the COVID-19 virus that has so many people in quarantine, or their government has encouraged people to stay at home and children to no longer be in school. Because of this, people may find themselves looking for ways to stay entertained during this time of distancing and avoiding the crowd.

For the homesteader or self-sufficient individual, you may be saying- "I have enough things to do already!" in this time. Right now, spring has arrived and crops are on the mind. But for yourself and others, I hope this will serve as a list of ideas for things you can do with your family and ways to keep your mind busy so that you can beat boredom in the future!

Pick up a book. Perhaps you have a few dusty books on the shelf that deserve a good read. Now is the time to pick one up, and find yourself a title that you'd like to read for the first time, or perhaps read once more. Brew yourself a cup of coffee, whether its the electric pot or a percolator on the wood stove, and sit down with a good book! 

Training pets/livestock. No matter the circumstances, animals still require our care and attention. But if you have down time, this is a great opportunity to work on training and teaching your animal friends some useful things. Give clicker training a try, and help an impatient dog learn to sit and wait for food. Exercise your horse that hasn't been ridden in awhile, and go back over basic ground work.

Try a new hobby. Now is the time to give a new hobby a shot. If you've been wanting to learn to play an instrument, finish a large puzzle, identify the constellations, or even pick up woodworking- this is your moment! Remember, we live in a time where internet capability allows us to order the necessary tools and items online, and even watch tutorials with video streaming if you have the ability to.

Work on crafts. If the kids are at home with you, this is a great opportunity to get together and work on some crafts! Make a birdhouse or feeder from material around the house, and teach them about the type of birds that visit and show them how hard our feathered friends work to build their own nest. Get a head start on some potential Christmas gifts, and spend some time in the workshop on these projects.

Fala Burnette
4/29/2020 1:02:56 PM

I know the homesteaders and self-sufficient living folks may say it's easy to stay distanced right now- but as mentioned I hope it serves as inspiration to others and maybe to you too.

4/29/2020 8:43:54 AM

Being on a homestead is probably one of the best, if not the best environment to avoid boredom. As for contact with others, there's an old joke about why country folks talk so loud. It's because of hollering back and forth to converse with your neighbor over a distance while doing chores.

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