Many thanks to all who have been following us here on the website.
I am not unaware that there hasn't been a whole lot to follow. Since my last posting way back in April, I have sat down many times to write blog posts. And then, hit "delete". While writing is something that normally brings great satisfaction, that I'm squeezing it in between other life priorities was evidenced in those blog postings. They all read forced and contrived. So, delete!
Between the daily farm chores that start before the crack of dawn, renovations on the main house that will be on-going into 2013, working with our area kids and young adults, building up of our non-profit organization, and developing and keeping up with profit-generating work (so we, too, can eat), all which continue long after the sun sets, plus taking a wee bit of time to enjoy all that we're doing, and appreciate the good people in our Valley …
…, trying to blog here is just … well … wrong. It doesn't fit. Despite what we expected — a slower (ha ha ha!), more contemplative lifestyle — life currently happens in snippets and, as we used to say in the broadcast business, "sound bites" that come and go and pass faster than a mongoose can steal a guinea fowl (that's fast!). Plans and priorities change with the wind (and I don't mean only figuratively), the rains, the availability of a particular item or tool, or the health, life, death, and birth of our animals; projects begun are without end (see previous "plans and priorities"), or at least seem so; and the growth and learning that we're both experiencing are as big and rich as a pile of rhino poo (just believe me on this one), or at least larger than what I'm capable of putting on paper at the moment.
So, we've made the decision that should've been made awhile ago: we're
closing moving. No, no! Not physically moving. We're just … well, we're closing down this website …
BUT, both Nils and I will continue to give updates on our Chrysalis Farm Facebook page. There you'll get "only" snippets, but we believe that the spontaneity provides a real and honest picture of our life/lives with all its trials, joys, (sometimes hard) lessons learned, and successes.
We hope you'll continue to follow us on our daily and life journeys, and we hope that life is bringing YOU joy and as many adventures as you can handle.
p.s. – the site will actually remain up until at least the end of the year, in case you want to copy something.
Today is "D Day".
First and foremost, D is for Departure. Nils' parents have been with us for six weeks and they headed back to Deutschland this evening. In that time with us, we've grown quite accustomed to having them around, and they've been a big help in the renovation efforts. It will be very quiet here … actually, what am I saying? It will continue to be just as chaotic as ever …
Anyway, due to limited time today, I decided to make this a Diverse Stuff Day and use the opportunity to show (rather than tell) what's happening on the farm.
Please mouseover each photo as you go along.
Thanks for following us, and mousing over our photos.
and Nils and Shecky, Daisy, Daphne, Esme, Donatello, Waldo & Statler, Guenther & Gaby, Solo & Kazu, and all the babies and new additions that don't yet have names …
Yesterday, on arrival at "our"* school, I was disappointed to learn that all 7th graders refused to participate in the after-school homework session scheduled with one of the teachers. They were sent home at 2:05 pm.