It feels good to be writing to you again. Over the last couple of months I had the image of being a snow goose nestled in on a secluded island covered by a lovely cloud. That was my version of hibernation. In real life it looked like time to read, to be without a to-do list (a rare thing for me to be sure), to be bored, to play games, to go for walks just for fun, to do yoga and rest. For Paul it looked a bit different; his time away from farming often involves kitchen and house projects, while listening to podcasts and books. He made bread, and more bread and Christmas cookies and painted some of the inside of our house. To each their own:)
Maybe it goes without saying, but I think it is also worth saying, that the many wars and conflicts in the world have weighed heavy on our hearts. We grapple with making space for grief, wanting our hearts to remain open to compassion in the face of such horrible injustice and violence against oppressed peoples and trying to take small actions that fight inertia at being so far removed yet seeing so much.
Along with crop planning, website development and other administrative tasks it has felt good to do small physical tasks of digging a trench, refinishing tool handles and cleaning the back of the barn (that place where everything gets thrown throughout the season and is completely disorganized). And then it snowed. What a beautiful thing to have everything transformed by the snow if only for a little while.
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