I love this time of year, when everything is turned to browns and greys; when the earth shows its bones, its humbling architecture. The weather is changeable where we are. Christmas day was a balmy 60 degrees this year. Strange, but lovely. Then it was all thunderstorms and tornadoes. And flooding, lots and lots of flooding. Not what one would expect at the end of December, even in the Midwest. Now it’s cold. Finally. And still flooding.
We took advantage of the winter reprieve to tend to the garden–something which got lost in the shuffle this fall. Husband did a rough turning over with the tractor, but before he did, I made sure to clear out any big stuff that was left–a missed tomato cage, dried okra stalks, pavers, and… Look what I found!
Yeah. That’s a radish bigger than my head! And you know what they say–never eat anything that’s bigger than your head and certainly not three that are bigger than your boots… Should I be a radish farmer or what?
Time to sweep out the old year and welcome in the new. I am so excited for this new year, I can hardly stand it. I’ve got a list of all the things I want to do:
- Become best friends with my body–maybe do some juicing, a little cleansey+detoxy sort of thing, and (ahem) start working out again. Easy, right?
- Take trumpet lessons.
- Grow a bunch of awesome seedlings for the garden.
- Establish proper dye, herb, and medicinal gardens.
- Do this fun Plant Ally Project Challenge.
- Two words: Dye. Yarn.
- Have the soil at the farm tested.
- De-fence the pastures. Re-fence the pastures.
- Begin management intensive grazing. Of the sheep, not me.
- Start drawing again. Play with the inks (that I’ve had for 5 years).
- Fix my sewing machine. Sew.
- Learn how to make tinctures and more medicinal tea blends.
- Learn how to can, freeze, and dehydrate.
- Take more walks.
- Paddle the MR340.
- Prolly ought to practice paddling.
- Sprout broccoli. Eat the sprouted broccoli.
- Make water kefir. Drink the water kefir.
- Figure out what I want to do when I grow up.
- Send postcards to friends and family.
- Go on a silent retreat.
- Write down the stories in my head.
- Clean the basement. LOLOLOLOL.
- Welcome the magic in my life.
- PLAY MORE. And relax, everything is ok.
It all looks so simple in a list. Who knows how much of it will happen. Doesn’t matter. I used to care about checking things off the list, but then I realized that it’s much nicer to just let the list show me what categories of things I’m finding important and/or need to work on. Maybe I’ll chuck through it, maybe I’ll struggle. But I will remain resolute that however it goes, it goes in good cheer and thankfulness.
So, friends, what hopes do you have for the New Year? What fantastical feats do you wish to accomplish? What mad new skillz do you dream of acquiring? What do you secretly dream will happen in the upcoming months? Tell me, tell me!
Have a very happy New Year! May it be filled with many blessings–good health, good company, and loads of good luck.