March 23, 2010
Secret to Happiness - Messy is All Right
People think we live in quiet solitude in our isolated mountain farm. This is so far from the truth, but to look at any photograph one would only see the tranquility of nature, not human affairs.
My life is messy, the dishes are never totally done, either is the laundry, you should consider yourself lucky if you catch me on a day when my floor is clean. Seeds, and plans and projects and renovations make a "clean" house impossible. But if you came to my door I would welcome you with a clean chair and a nice cheery spot to share our tea. I would hope to delight you with the latest from my culinary repertoire, today it would be smoked rainbow trout with homemade goat cheese. Then, if you stayed the afternoon you would join me picking nettles, dandelion and chives for supper. We would gather eggs and feed the chickens and turkeys, then watch their existence for a while with awe and delight.
When we bought this place 10 years ago it was little more than a shack in the woods. It met our qualifications of a road, power, water and sewer but it was all 40 years old. It has all been updated and upgraded, but we are still not done. Then we found rot in the forest and had to cut it down to save our house. The piles of debris wood sat for years as we used them for construction and firewood. Last year we got rid of the piles and now are working with cleared land, this year we must plant to get ahead of the grass.
Simultaneously, today, my husband is putting in a new septic system, one acre is ready to be planted in fruit and berry bushes, we have to get an electrical plug in checked because my freezer keeping going on and off, we have no water til we get to the top of the hill to clean the filter, we have 20 rooster than need to go. Next week new waterlines will be put in and a new garden constructed on another half acre which as cleared last fall.
We were content to buy a cabin in the woods, we are still content today. As nature evolves around us, we must evolve too. It has made us "be" more, better than we were before moving here. I want to show everyone how wonderful this life is, so I take perfect pretty pictures. I don't normally speak on such a personal level, but today, in celebration of the new moon bringing the new beginnings of life to nature, I feel compelled to expose the truth.
Life is messy. The only way to show you the perfection of this lifestyle is to show you the mess, then you can appreciate the transformation and the generosity of the wild natural world we are all meant to play in. Peace
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