Guest Blog Post with Craig! 2020 vs. 2022!

So I’m a bit stuck on a blog post so Craig is helping me out! If you’re new here, Craig is my handsome hubby 🙂 This is a throwback blog post but I’ve updated it now and asked Craig the same questions to see if his answers have changed! 2 years later!

What is a typical day for you on the farm?

2020: First of all, the cattle always come first. If there is anything that needs to be done with the cattle, they come first over the machinery, the crops, everything. The cattle come first so that would be like bedding and cleaning or vaccination. In the morning, you can guess that I’m working with cattle. In the afternoon, I do a lot of maintenance on machinery and buildings and keeping the place looking nice.

2022: Something with the cattle in the morning, fix something that’s broke and then drive a tractor, drink caffeine until it’s time for beer!

What are your thoughts on Gannon’s medical issues?

2020: No kid should ever go through what Gannon has been going through. It is so hard to not be allowed to go to his appointments because of work and how far away they are. Through COVID, it’s been really hard because that has been the majority of his appointments so I have to rely on Kalissa to explain everything back to me but I can’t ask the questions that I have to the doctor.

2022: I think he is just a hilarious kid. There is not a mean bone in his body. I see him as a normal kid and we love him for it. I think that’s what he needs, normalcy.

How is quitting smoking going?

2020: Well, there are some days that I completely forget that I was a smoker, that started about 2 months ago, I’ll go 2-3 days without a craving but boy, say like after supper, that dessert cigarette, I miss it. If I had a coffee, I would have to buy a pack of cigarettes because it is such a trigger for me. Almost 7 months now! Just gotta avoid those triggers.

2022: I’ve totally forgotten about it. I picked up a pack last Winter just because I was craving some and couldn’t stand it. That’s when I knew I quit for good. It’s almost been 3 years now.

What advice do you have for someone quitting smoking?

2020: Keep track of your accomplishments. Whether it is a day, a month, a year, celebrate every milestone. Have someone to hold you accountable and to celebrate those milestones. Kalissa made a post on facebook awhile back about how I quit smoking and reading those comments really kept me motivated.

2022: It will take many many tries. I did it during a pretty big life change, my entire routine was different so that was helpful. My job changed so my triggers changed as well.

How do you feel about me blogging?

2020: I really don’t care. I think it is a good outlet for you. You are more reflective. Before you used to be more impulsive. Now that you are seeing your thoughts on paper, (or the computer) you seem to think things through more. That’s just a Craig psychology analysis.

2022: You do you. I already lived it, I don’t read the recap.

What is the most important thing my dad taught you?

2020: In his last few days, we had a really great conversation I’ll never forget. Without going into too many details, he said “You’ll know what to do.” That phrase has carried me through a lot of big decisions, one of them taking the job at the farm. I just hear his voice saying, “You’ll know what to do.” and then I really do know what to do.

2022: I guess I learned more from his actions than his words. Family doesn’t just have to be family, he was also one of my closest friends.

If you had to give advice to a new dad, what would you tell them?

2020: Be prepared for each one to be totally different. I have to tell myself sometimes, “Don’t sweat the little stuff. It’ll all come out in the wash.” Have a good health insurance policy. I really thought I was going to be a bad dad, I had a lot of anxiety about it but it’s not that hard. The love is just there.

2022: Play it by ear, don’t do drugs, you’ll do just fine. If you’re a good human being, it’s hard to screw them up. Don’t force your own personal issues on your children, just because you come home angry, they can feel that tension. If you come home and give smiles and hugs and a good attitude, that’s what they deserve. They don’t need your burdens on them.

If you didn’t get into agriculture, what would you be doing right now?

2020: I really liked working in sporting goods at Mill’s Fleet Farm in high school. That was fun.

2022: I would be a bike mechanic/salesman. (as in bicycles) Or I’d be a friendly face at Kwik Star. I never would work a job based on weather unless I was a meteorologist…and that would be sweet.

What was your favorite part about working in Sporting Goods?

2020: The vest. Hands down. No one else got to wear the vest in the whole store unless you worked in sporting goods. You would wear the orange collared shirt and it was like a fishing vest, it was orange and black and had a ton of pockets. (side note, I’m DYING LAUGHING right now, really Craig?!)

Then when we held our fishing days, it was so fun. We set up kiddie pools in the parking lot with certain yardage, if you could hit the kiddie pool with your cast, you would win a prize. I taught a lot of people how to fish with leaches. I loved doing the life vest fittings to make sure the kids were safe too.

What would your dating profile say about you.

2020: I love Ruby Red Squirt and long strolls on the beach. HA!

2022: I’m tall, dark and handsome. I like sipping rum on a beach, taking long strolls through a pine tree forest, and buffalo plaid is the greatest design on earth. I don’t do drugs.

We had so much fun doing this interview! We will definitely do this again! If you had fun with this post like we did, leave a comment and ask Craig another question!

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  1. Dianne
    August 17, 2020 / 12:37 pm

    My husband is a Ruby Red Squirt lover too. We panic when there is none on the shelf! You sound like a great dad that has his s__t together! Glad you quit smoking, I have always struggled with weight so any addiction is hard.

  2. Anne Simonot
    August 17, 2020 / 12:58 pm

    As a reader whose dad also died of lung cancer, at age 61, can I just say that by quitting smoking, you’ve done the best thing for your boys, Craig! I am so pleased and happy to see anyone quit. You will save money, you will be a healthier, more active dad as you get older, compared to smokers. My dad was old in some ways, at a fairly young age. And through my workplace, I have seen people die of COPD in their 50s. It’s not just cancer, it’s the toll on your body in general. Good for you for becoming a quitter! Keep it up!

  3. Dee
    August 17, 2020 / 12:59 pm

    Good interview. Maybe you could interview Carver. I’m sure he would have some funny stories.

  4. Shirley
    August 17, 2020 / 1:47 pm

    Great interview – you are a natural! Good luck with not smoking. It is difficult; I watched my late husband try to quilt. If it was easy, there wouldn’t be any smokers.

  5. Kim J LeMere
    August 17, 2020 / 2:10 pm

    How nice to hear from Craig. I congratulate you on not smoking, its a beast to quit. My husband was a smoker for 45 years and he quit 4 years ago and this time I think it will stick. He often says he misses the one after dinner…..but it has gotten easier to be smoke free. You got this, and you will look back and be so glad you did the hard work now, one day at a time. I recall my father saying, feed the cows first, then you can play…..farming with cows never changes. I do enjoy the pictures from the farm and how tall the corn is.

  6. Elle
    August 17, 2020 / 2:32 pm

    First, CONGRATS CRAIG! I smoked from age 14-34 and I understand the daily mental work that goes into being a NONSMOKER!!!!!! My constant mental note was “I am not a smoker”. I said it a LOT at first. You’ve made a magnificent change for your life and your family! I’m also fully aware that stories of cancer and lung damage are not a motivator for quitting. (I am an OR RN-I’ve seen many black lungs as well as losing my Dad to lung cancer for his smoking. NONE of those things made me quit. ) I am fully aware that if I had a single puff, I would once again be smoking. So happy for you that you’ve made this decision for yourself 🙂 Keep up the good work. Every cigarette you DON’T smoke makes a difference!

    Fun to get to know Craig-your life partner, co-parent. A sense of humor is soooo important for the long haul (40th anniversary for us in June). Wishing you both the BEST!

    Happy Monday!

  7. Amber Cole
    August 17, 2020 / 5:56 pm

    Keep up the good work! I switched from cigarettes to vape products in November and have been off all nicotine completely since June. Luckily for me..the pregnancy helps keep cravings at bay for the most part.

  8. becky clay
    August 17, 2020 / 10:45 pm

    I also was a smoker from about 12-40 and that last day, which was NY Eve, I smoked all day long until I was almost sick, then quit at midnite, Cold Turkey! i kept that opened pack of cigerattes for over a year, knowing if I had to had one, I would use one of those…would have been awful…and I watched my father gasp for every breath he took for awhile, as he had emphysema..was really hard to watch, so I had to stop. Now 24 years later, I am hoping I don’t have it because after he quit smoking for years, he got it…but I could light one right now and that would be the end of my stopping smoking…trick is keep them, just don’t light them… and what is a Ruby Red Squirt??

  9. Ellie
    August 17, 2020 / 11:58 pm

    Congratulations on quitting smoking! It’s one of the best things you could do for yourself and your family! It may also help to keep your boys from smoking! It takes a depressingly long time to get beyond looking for a cigarette but you will get there . Seven months is a great milestone .
    You guys did a great job with the interview and I hope you do it again.

  10. Cherie in St Louis
    August 23, 2020 / 5:49 pm

    Yay! Craig for going 7 months without smoking. My husband quit and he would say, you have to nice to me, I’m a recovering smoke-aholic. It helped me to be supportive of him when those triggers occurred. You can do it!!!

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