Monday, January 4, 2021

Happy New Year!

Throwback to snowy day's past!
The holidays came and went in a blur of snowfalls, ice, good friends, and warm fires. For the first time in my life, I woke up on Christmas morning with someone beside me. We had a feast of roast venison and homemade pierogis (my family’s tradition) and spent the oddly warm day sharing gifts with the only two people we have been quarantining around since the Pandemic started. But there was still a bit of snow on the farm, and twinkle lights, and warm fireplaces and wood stoves. We danced over and over to The Wren in the Furze by the Chieftains and drank nog and wassailed and watched the snow fall. The dogs and cats were all kissed (regardless of mistletoe) and I can’t remember a better holiday! Maybe it’s being isolated without guilt of travel. Maybe it’s her. Maybe it’s just feeling a little more grounded and certain. All in all, this is a happy and good place tucked up and into a mountain.

Things here at the farm are better than they have been in a long time. The hay and firewood is holding strong. The sales from soap and pet portraits have carried us through another month. Still behind on the mortgage, but only by a single payment instead of several. We are both lucky to be healthy and safe, so far no sign of Covid and cases in Washington County have been rare, but not non-existent. Lots of masks, small gatherings if any, and quick trips to town and back is all that is happening. I hope none of you have fallen into the conspiracy theories or Youtube rabbit holes that have surrounded the Homesteading community out there. Wear your masks, be safe, be smart.

P.S. I loved all the cards! Some of them were so touching we just read them together out loud and teared up. Thank you for sending them and I hope the mail got some of the postcards through! I am sending the soap and book out later this month to the winner! Enjoy it!