So…it’s been a while. A long while. Whenever I take a break from blogging, I always feel like I need to explain myself, some sort of excuse for my absence, but the truth is I just didn’t feel like writing. I needed a break. It wasn’t intentional or planned. One day, I just decided to stop.
See, I had kind of lost the hang of it, and blogging began to feel like another chore I had to complete. I was no longer writing because I enjoyed it or was inspired by something. In some weird way, I felt like it was expected of me and that I was letting myself down when a week or two passed between posts. I know it was pressure I was completely putting on myself, but that’s what I do.
So when I realized that my creative outlet had started to feel demanding, I revolted and said, “Nuts to this!”
For several months, I never looked back. I quit thinking about ideas for future posts, and my camera just set there in the closet, gathering dust between uses.
Then about a month ago, I stumbled onto the blog and started reading some of my old posts, and for the first time in months, I realized that I really did miss it. I love that my kids have an extended journal of their childhood, complete with pictures and funny quotes. I like that I am to recall memories better because I’ve written about them. And when I don’t remember the details exactly, I just enter a quick search, and I can read exactly what we were feeling and doing in those moments. I know if I stop blogging for good, I am going to regret it.
So I’m back, for no reason in particular. I just decided it was finally time.
A zillion things have happened since I was last here, but here are some of the highlights:
At the end of March, Ken and I spent a week in Arizona being tourists. It had been several years since we had taken a vacation just the two of us, and it was long overdue. I find I am a better mommy when I get the chance to miss my kids every once in a while.
Sometime last fall, we added two new furry friends to our menagerie of animals. I like to call them “My Little Mice Catchers.” I’ve accepted that if I’m going to live in the woods, I’ll have to put up with various pests, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to lay down and stop fighting.
Doesn’t she look like a ferocious hunter?
Also during the break, my parents sold my childhood home. We spent a week packing it up while taking many trips down memory lane. When you live in the same house for 27 years you accumulate a lot of crap, or my parents do anyway. Goodwill should be stocked for several months at least.
And as far as a farm update, things are progressing around here. We planted over a hundred seed starts. This picture was taken two months ago. So our little seedlings look much greener now, and it won’t be too long before they are ready to go into the ground. We also planted about twenty fruit trees in the orchard. I’ll post more on the farm progress. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before I can post pictures of us breaking ground on the pond. Eeeeeeeeee!!!!!!
That’s it for now. I promise to be around more, or at the very least, not wait another five months to post again. Until then…..