Oh, the things you see when you're hiking and not looking for mushrooms! Icebergs big enough for a flock of seagulls. The soil that holds it all together... most of the time. The dead of winter. #winterhike #icebergs #notmushrooms #hartshorne #outside
I was finally able to pull some carrots from our low tunnel today! So surprised at how big they are, and how sweet they smell. I even left some in there 1-because I hate working with gloves but my fingers are wimps when it comes to even a little cold, and 2-this looked like plenty for the carrot ginger soup I've been waiting for. I was also surprised to see some little lettuce plants hanging in there. They haven't grown much, or at all, but still green and turgid despite that stretch of single and teen degree days and nights we had. #carrots #lowtunnel #coldstorage #wintergarden #coldhardyveggies
I've finally had some time to sit back and reflect on the last year. 2017 was not unlike any of the past 8 years... I got excited about a project, dedicated months attempting to making it happen, and then walked away from it. Sometimes I wondered if I was giving up. Other times I wondered if I was beating a dead horse. And in the end, I promised myself I wouldn't do that again. Ha ha! What I finally realized this year was that I was depending and counting on other people to help me along this path. But no one will ever do it just as I need it done. No one has my best interest in mind. No one even knows what I truly want or need. And no one can spend that effort on me, except myself. I need to follow my own path, and I was not doing that, which was making me sad, tense, confused, my heart showed odd results on ekg's, my shoulder stopped working, my throat felt tight... I realized during the holidays that I never told people about my choice to end my part in the project of the herb store, wildcraft. I didn't know how and didn't want to say the wrong things. It was a difficult decision and "breakup" with my partner. It was a bad relationship to begin with. (That is very tough to say out loud to anyone but my closest friends. They knew it all along.) I felt such relief and freedom after leaving, but some uneasy feelings have lingered, as with any breakup. I'm putting this out there in hopes that it will help in the release. It's been a huge lesson of learning to trust myself, trust my strengths, be myself, follow my heart. I chose this picture because it is a sunrise, the new start to each day. It is the farthest south it gets in the year, a new start to each year. And it's a little crooked, because sometimes there are obstacles to the straight shot. #lettinggo #newyear #reflection #instatherapy #lifelessons #newbeginnings #trustinyourself #followyourheart #listentoyourheart
If anyone needs me, sorry. I've scheduled a very busy day of staring out the window. The snow has managed to get through every little crack in my coop wrapping job, so the chickens will be doing the same! I don't like to feed them in the enclosed part, but today is an exception. It's going to get very cold tonight so they need all the fuel they can get. And i spoil them. The wild birds on the other hand are braving the wind and snow at my feeders. #bombogenesis #blizzard #winterstormgrayson #stayinside #cantworkwiththisview
We thought we wanted to come out to play... but never mind, we'll just stay in our igloo. #toocoldforthesechicks #slimpickinsonfrozenground
I saw the most amazing shooting star tonight right after I tucked the chickens in for bed. It was bright, long and seemed very close. I thought I maybe even heard a low sizzle. I caught it perfectly and completely and even had time to say "oh wow!" slowly. You don't get to take pictures of that, and often that moment is yours alone. It is the time of year to celebrate and savor the light. I thought I might be able to somewhat reproduce that shooting star with the star on my Christmas tree. The image came out upside down... #shootingstar #christmasstar #celebratinglight #solstice
We wouldn't last long with our lifestyle if we saw bad moments as failures, they're more like learning experiences. And we go through many learning experiences in this household! This runny jam really has me disappointed today. It's my first attempt, and I know even pros get runny jam at times... but, boohoo, it's got me down. Deep breaths, running to the store to get more pectin and see if I can fix this. Wish me luck!