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Uphill swing

September 8, 2010

Fall has flung here in KY and we spent an incredibly enjoyable Labor Day Weekend frolicking in the cool weather and exploring our land. The two new additions to our family, Roja and Nadine, are adjusting well to life on the farm. Roja will follow Geoff around, which is the first step in us being able to take them out of the back yard and rotate them on pasture using the portable fencing. Scooter continues to have amnesia. Every few hours he looks into the backyard, sees the goats, and barks bloody murder as though we were being invaded by ruthless caprines from space. Scooter’s dedication to home security is really inspiring.

Geoff continues to use Jillian Michaels-like tactics to kick his own butt. I came home from school today and played my usual round of where’s Geoff. I heard the “mush mower” (a bush hog that one pushes by hand rather than attaching it to a motorized vehicle) and looked in the direction of the sound. Geoff was attempting to bush hog the bottom part of the ridge behind our house. He was successful, although I think he nearly did himself in mowing the hillside. I chose to use this time to take a nice long nap. We did not sleep well last night because we were trying to ride the wave of cool weather and not turn our AC back on. Unfortunately, yesterday’s high was nearly 90, so the house heated up and couldn’t cool down.

The nap was rejuvenating, the hill got mush mowed, and all is well on the farm.

Things are looking up in the adjustment realm as well. I’ve been thinking a lot about why we chose to move out to the farm, what commitments we made to ourselves, our future family, the planet, etc. I realized that I need to try and keep perspective. You can’t move from a city of over 1,000,000 to a farm on a piece of land where there isn’t even cell coverage and expect to adjust over night. I am working on encouraging myself to relax, learn from every moment, acknowledging the feelings of adjustment and learning from them. It is a process that will last a while, but I believe strongly that in time my life here will make perfect sense.

Thanks to all the friends near and far who have sent their encouragement, prayers, love, emails, cards, presents, phone calls, and comments. Geoff and I are doing well, we’re doing our best, and we are learning and growing everyday. Well, Geoff is shrinking, but that’s his own fault :).

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2010 8:41 PM

    You and the doggies look stunning in this picture! Please pass the sentiment on the Bailey. I would say Scooter too, but, you know, the amnesia.

  2. Karen Grimley permalink
    September 9, 2010 6:19 AM

    I got to Cincinnati without your contact information, how, I know not. Could you send me phone, address, etc… Would be great to meet for lunch in the geographic middle one weekend, if the chores on the farm allow!

  3. September 9, 2010 9:53 AM

    That’s a great photo, and one assumes Geoff had a hand in creating that bail of hay? Wow. Good luck to Scooter (and to the animals in his way). Keep on keepin’ on. Thanks for the update. I love to read your words.

  4. Florence permalink
    September 16, 2010 9:32 PM

    Hi Lindsey!
    I was flipping through a book put out by Lonely Planet called Signspotting: Absurd and Amusing Signs from Around the World. It’s a compilation of submitted photographs of real road signs that are for one reason or another, absurd or amusing. Included is a road sign to “Toad Suck Park” in Arkansas. The author said that the town got its name because of men who sucked on bottles of rum until they were bloated like toads. “Surely, an image worthy of commemoration”, he said. Geoff, is this the true story of how the town came to be named Toad Suck?

    I admire your courage in starting and continuing this ranching adventure. You’re doing great! Say “hey” to all of the animals for me. One “hey” for all of the chickens en-masse is okay. I’m trying to get our church’s youth group pastor interested in going to Lifestyles Lane, once you have it built. They will probably be the most interested in the West Africa simulation.

    Florence V.

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