It’s been quite a year up here on the mountain. We fell in love with and bought a log cabin on 13 acres and fell in love even more with the cabin and land. We’ve now had almost a year up here and how could we not!
And that was just fall! As we settled in to our first winter we realize there wasn’t enough wood. We needed to hire someone to plow and a scary new health issue reared it’s ugly head, meaning shoveling the many paths needed over and over again was challenging.
Ya, I had to pull out my lined farmer overalls and hand knit hat and then go rest between shovelings. It was hard on the dogs, on the chickens and us!
But Spring , early Summer, new chicks and new life arrived up here on the mountain. So did better health, wonderful young farm hands, a new garden and a new appreciation of the slow but steady way of approaching physical labor! We got new spring chickens this year…and well I’m not one of them!
We’ve lost a few more of our elders this year…it’s been hard as our family is so closely bonded and beloved to each other! I know we’ve missed all of them in our own ways…I can still hear all of their voices in my head. And now we become the elders of our nieces, nephews, grandchildren and the parents they remember. It truely is the cycle of time and family. I’m not sure any of you will ever know my memories and love of you all.
And then our animal companions. Not that everyone understands this but in some cases almost as important as our ” human” family. Chichi, Digger, Iyago, Tilly, Cherry Merry, Agnus, Sherlock, Shirly, Bernie and Charlene, Lance and Jeremiah. Yup, I’m pretty sure these are names my siblings and cousins would remember.
Loss is coming to our home as time marches on. Nisha the Tuxeto kitty is gone now, Maeve kitty is 17 and hanging on best she can, Zelda is almost 14, losing a bit of speed, face color and hearing, Tanner will be 11 this fall and Frankie our “baby” just turned 8! The joy and sorrow of loving our companions…I can’t stop loving them even as I know the sorrow to come.
I will not stop opening my heart to family and friends as I will not stop loving the animals that become part of my heart…my heart is big enough for you all!