We went to a different kind of auction last night, an exotic animal auction. Thats what they call it, but its not all that exotic....mostly chickens, bunnies and goats. They also have a plant auction ahead of the livestock and thats what we go for. I generally have to leave as soon as the animal part starts....I can't handle those sad and frightened farm critters on the auction block.
We also go to see our friends Jim and Julie. They are so busy with there business's that we don't get to see them as often as we'd like.
Now, there is a couple to admire and respect. They used to do the art shows and did incredibly well at them. They went from making a consistant 5-7 grand at every show for many many years, to not making enough to to cover expenses practically overnight.
They sold there nice big home and moved to northern Florida and bought an old trailer well beneath what they were used to. Never whined, cried or carried on about what the fates had done to them.
Jim now runs a very successfull lawn care business and Julie raises chickens and rabbits in their expansive back yard. I'm not talking a couple of bunnies in a hutch....I'm talking full production rabbit farm. She sells to 4 H groups, the auction, through Craigs list and at rabbit shows. She shows her bunnies to win ribbons that increase their value and introduces her to other rabbit enthusiasts.
She raises chickens and incubates eggs by the hundreds. Selling at the auction, fertilized eggs, chicks and full grown breeders.
They also side line with selling worm castings and manure. They clean houses and offices on occassion as well.
These two are hard working people who have carved out a new life when the old one stumbled. And you know what, they are happy as clams! I'm sure they would say they love this new life much more then the old one. They should be an inspiration to us all.
Oh and the ol'trailer they bought? It is slowly becoming a show place. They renovate when they have the actual money to do it, they do it themselves and buy materials at auctions and sales .
I'm a little sick of all the people who over bought, bought beyond their means and now because of the economy are whining that they can't afford to keep it. I say tough! Do something else, try something else....do something to change your situation. Look to my friends Jim and Julie for inspiration, they deserve our respect and admiration.