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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • TROY'S COLUMN — An abbreviated family vacation

  • While I recognize for the adults being around a cabin full of kids is far from relaxing, just knowing you are away from the normal routine is nice....
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  • During the week prior to the start of the new school year, the Krause clan spent a week in northern Minnesota enjoying the fishing, swimming and relaxing one is able to enjoy in the quiet atmosphere of “the lake.” While I recognize for the adults being around a cabin full of kids is far from relaxing, just knowing you are away from the normal routine is nice. Unfortunately, I was not able to partake in this year’s vacation, and over the next several years that trend is not likely to change. Yes, I stayed home for a number of reasons, but at the top of the list was maintaining the animals at the Krause family farm. My schedule was completely thrown off for five days, as my morning schedule of getting up before the sun had to wait. After all doing chores in the dark is really not an option. So, each morning I was greeted by the loud clucks of more than a dozen hens, the constant quack of two ducks and the grunts of a Hampshire gilt. Before you offer your condolences thinking “poor Troy he made such a great sacrifice for his family,” you need to know I volunteered for two reasons. Peace and quiet. For five days the house was all mine, although my hours spent there were limited. There was no whining, bickering or screaming, and honestly I felt it was worth it to have to work for that benefit. Yes, I love my family, including the extended clan, and would have enjoyed spending time at “the lake” with them. After a very busy July and early August, I was ready for a bit of a break. So, the peace of a quiet home was very nice. Of course, it was not perfect, as the house at times was too quiet. So, each night I would turn on the TV and put in some cartoon video just to make things feel somewhat normal. By Thursday night I had determined I could make it to the north country for the weekend, and, with the gracious assistance of my in-laws, I was able to load up and travel to Otter Tail County. Honestly, I know even having a couple of days away can be nice, it was really hard for me to get into vacation mode. It was a challenge just being able to relax. Sadly, I just couldn’t seem to take that deep breath and enjoy things. It was if I just had no idea what I was supposed to do on a vacation. I ended up spending a few hours swimming with the kids, ate far too much in that brief period of time and even got about 50 pages of a book read. It was nice, and I hope someday after all of the Krause progeny are on their own to be able to extend it even longer – maybe even three days. … My Amos is spending the next several days at the Minnesota State Fair with his pig Charlotte. While he may never get that “Some Pig” top ribbon, the experience of just being there is going to be a good one for him. The hardest part for him is going to be Sunday morning when he has to load up his animal for the stockyard. I know it is going to be tough for him despite my continued reminders that the pig in the barn is one day going to be bacon and pork chops are likely not fully going to prepare him for saying goodbye to Charlotte. I can’t really empathize with him, although I do feel for him. When you raise more than 100 chickens like I did as a kid there really is no way to get close to any of them. Perhaps a nice ham sandwich can help him get over it.

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