Surfing through FB posts last night, I found myself once again reminiscing for the slower pace and more personal contact of blog entries. Back when I first came online, a decade or so ago, it seemed like we all knew each other – it really was an online community; since joining FB, though, it feels like a suburb where we might wave to each other but everyone’s really just too busy to stop and pass the time. So here I am, making another attempt to get back to a medium that I much prefer.
What’s up with you and yours? It seems like stitching has fallen by the wayside for many of us (that time thing again?), but I’m trying to eke out time for it. Like blogging, it’s something that slows me down, gives me an opportunity to reflect on what’s going on inside as well as outside. And as busy as we all are, there is a lot going on in- and outside all the time!
I’ve been working and going to school, neither of which make for particularly interesting stories or pictures. ;) The farm has had a blockbuster season in many regards. Our two American Guinea Hog females had their first farrowing (on my birthday!) and we now have eleven bustling, busy piglets to amuse and entertain us.
Our goats had babies and babies and then when we were all done, some more babies. LOL. Pinto Bean had a liason with one of our bucks after the season was over and gifted us with three baby bucklings one week ago today. We started with Bella’s unexpected twins back in February and ended with her mother’s (Pinto Bean) delivery of triplets in July, LOL. In total, I think we had a dozen baby goats born on the farm.
There were also sheep. The sheep were not a good experiment and I think we’ll forego sheep for a few years. We do have this one fine fellow left.
There are baby ducks, chickens, and Guinea fowl all over the place. These babies are having their first day outside.
The young chickens are just about to start laying. Any day now. And I do miss fresh chicken eggs!
There seem to always be adorable bunnies.
My dear friend – a constant on the compass of my life – Sara spent several days with us. We explored and adventured and I had the opportunity to view this magical part of the world through fresh eyes again.
Sara and Ken, Arden and Nick at Petit Manan Nat’l Wildlife Refuge
Truly, this is one of the most breathtaking parts of mother Earth I’ve had the pleasure to walk on.
The thing about nature is, it doesn’t care if you’re there to appreciate it or not. It simply is.
Some friends and family have had ill health and losses lately, and it just makes me so much more aware of how delicate our hold on this reality is. We welcomed these lovely finches to our family when a good friend became too ill to keep up with all of her brood. (And I am thankful to say that she’s doing much better now!) Other friends and family continue to work through issues and I’m sending lots of love, now & always. Get out there and hug those loved ones, you guys!! <3
Oh, I did mention stitching at the beginning. I have found a little bit of time here and there to continue working on La D Da’s Noah’s Ark sampler (so far the kids *all* want it!) and I started a little tea towel the other day just to get some color out. ;)
The rhythm of exits and entrances into our lives continues. Our happiest, and most unexpected, recent entrance was when we found an abandoned kitten in the forest across the road from our house. Coming home from work, I heard a strange sound that Rowen thought might be a bird. Investigation turned up a frightened but friendly calico kitten. She’s had her first vet visit and we have named her Synnøve (Norwegian for ‘sun gift’).
Though I probably should be studying my statistics (shudder!), I’ve enjoyed taking some pictures for you and spending this time together this morning. Thank you for making me part of your day. :) In closing, here’s a view of our homestead. Wishing you well!