The barn on the farm was built before the house. The house was built in 1863. Originally it was a tobacco barn, but a previous owner turned it into to a horse barn with six large stalls and ample spaces for hay and grain storage. Last Saturday I went down to the barn to groom … Continue reading Mr. Ed?
“The ox is slow but the earth is patient.” Dad, via Confucius Sometimes I stop and realize how much I have evolved over time. How quickly I forget life before the change or the times I fall back into old patterns only to, as my yoga teacher constantly said, “begin again.” Fifteen years ago I … Continue reading Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Jolene in the mule Twelve years ago my father put his farm Red Bud in a federal program to seed the acreage in native grasses. Though the program was ended in 2017, the farm has remained in native grasses. Only paths for the four-wheeled mule are cut on the land so that the family can … Continue reading Red Bud: First Wildflowers of Spring
Time to get moving!
An old man in overalls and a beat up ball cap was standing on the edge of a Saturday farmer’s market at a Nashville church. He had several plastic grocery store bags next to him. He would talk to people as they left. In the way of city people, some would walk by and never … Continue reading Iris
I go down to the shore in the morningand depending on the hour the wavesare rolling in or moving out,and I say, oh, I am miserable,what shall—what should I do? And the sea saysin its lovely voice:Excuse me, I have work to do.Mary Oliver
Last summer, my three inflatable paddle boards were in the water at least once a weekend. Paddle boarding in the summer of 2020 was a wonderful to safely spend time with friends outdoors. I own three boards so that I have options depending on how I want to paddle and so that I can take … Continue reading Getting Ready for Paddle Season: Board Prep is
In a year of loss on so many levels, the sad news I received yesterday caught me off guard until I realized I was a reason for the ending. My lower back betrayed me in the spring of 2014. I was in pain. I could not find relief or answers. It hit the point where … Continue reading Epic Ending
A few years ago while I was working with a life coach after a rough period in my life, she introduced the concept of downtime where I moved and acted intuitively. She really had to explain to me that I needed to take time to not have a to-do list, a should list or any … Continue reading Piddlin’ Sunday