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 🙂
What is a typical day for you on the farm?
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.
What are your thoughts on Gannon’s medical issues?
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.
How is quitting smoking going?
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.
What advice do you have for someone quitting smoking?
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.
How do you feel about me blogging?
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.
What is the most important thing my dad taught you?
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.
If you had to give advice to a new dad, what would you tell them?
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.
If you didn’t get into agriculture, what would you be doing right now?
I really liked working in sporting goods at Mill’s Fleet Farm in high school. That was fun.
What was your favorite part about working in Sporting Goods?
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.
Is there anything you want my blog readers to know about you?
I love Ruby Red Squirt and long strolls on the beach. HA!
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!