How many people have read this blog, back to it’s roots last October when I was in an apartment, dreaming of farming and living sustainably, running with my dogs in the back yard next to a chain link fence on a stone wall? When all I had to write about were ideas and thoughts and concepts and beliefs and had no way of making anything actually happen?
How many of you knew when I moved onto the Quarter Acre with big dreams, no experience, and inadequate cages for the new rabbits I’d just gotten?
Do you recall when I got the rabbits? Or when I first got my bales of hay? The dogs were so excited they just had to climb on top of them to see what the bales were. It seems like it was so long ago now and yet not very long ago at all. It’s just hard to believe that in one month it will have been a year!
There were so many hard moments this past year. Moments when I thought my dreams and plans would never bear fruit…
Moments when we lost things dear and close to our hearts, sometimes those losses were tiny, and sometimes those hurt most of all…
Times when we failed at what seemed like the most basic of tasks.
We’ve worked so hard to make this dream work and we’re finally starting to see the rewards… But it’s sometimes hard to honestly say if we’ve grown or have just moved things around a lot.
On thing’s for sure. We’ve all changed a little on this journey, and the year is catching up to us. We’re all turning a bit yellow from age and from the chill breezes as fall begins to settle in around us.
Only more time will tell if we’re changing because we are drying out, slowing down, and hitting a brick wall with the resources we have… Or if we are changing because we are aging, like a fruit turning ripe or juice turning into wine.
Either way it’s been quite a year for me. I have learned a lot in the past year, things that will be skills for the uncertain future. I really hope that some people have learned things along with me. I’ve learned about my animals, about working hard, about respect and humility for people who do hard work, and about being the salt of the earth. I’ve learned to make mistakes and to fix them. I’ve learned to try to love what you have… Even when sometimes there’s an ad on craigslist for a polled A2A2 miniature jersey calf that could just make all your dreams come true! I’ve also learned to try to do what you love because that’s what makes us really happy in the end. And while winter will be hard, long, and cold with a dozen rabbits and five hens to care for, I will face any challenge that stands in my path. And I already look forward to next spring when even more will stand before me!
It’s been an incredible year. I really couldn’t have done it without you… And I hope we can all keep facing challenges together.