Leaving the farm was an interesting adventure. Life is so different here than in a lot of places. It is slower, calmer, and more peaceful. I find my clarity by the water’s edge, feeling the wind against my face or soaking up the sun’s golden rays. I noticed after being in the city for over a week I was overstimulated. I needed uninterrupted time without attention or noise to be with my thoughts. I hadn’t realized that the constant vibrations of city life would be so noticeable to me after only three months of being away. It was nice to get my fill of social time and head back to the hills! Being away afforded me many happy new memories with friends, co-workers, and family along with some sad times as well. My cousin lost her husband last week and my heart is with her and the kids. Also, my grandpa found out he has Myelosplastic Syndrome, which I can’t tell you much about except it is a rare bone marrow illness where the blood cells don’t do their job essentially. This has been a sad time for our family. I took the train to Wisconsin to work for a week in the office and see a Nahko and Medicine for the People show with a couple of friends. I got to spend a week with all my hilarious, fun, and hard working co-workers. I can’t tell you how many times I laughed until I crying. I admit, I snorted once laughing so hard. The concert was a night I’ll never forget and learned a lot from. Their music is my favorite medicine and has helped inspire me to follow my own path. They are partially responsible for us starting Green Journey Farm!
Grant was here at home taking care of business while I was off in Wisconsin. Drako the Dragon is healthy and happier than ever! So, last I shared we thought his illness was related to the decaying meat he ingested, however we found out the next day it was actually Parvovirus. He had it when we got him from the prior owner. The first test they did came back negative, but they just kept seeing all the symptoms of Parvo so they did a blood test. Sure enough, so they ended up going in and cleaning out his intestine. The next day he started eating and improved quickly from there. We are so happy he is home and so is he! The pack enjoys multiple walks a day all across the property. Grant was able to establish a trail that loops around the 10 acre sheep pasture. Besides that, I found so many nice surprises! Little things like the paper towel rack being installed that we had been talking about for months! He got the reverse osmosis faucet installed so we have delicious fresh filtered water on tap! There is new shelving in the shed to use all the vertical wall space and get things off the floor. The chicken coop was revamped to provide more weather proofing. We got 8 more chickens from the neighbor. They are an assortment, but I think there is a white Silkie rooster, a couple Rhode Island Reds, a Black Australorp, and a few others I’m not exactly sure yet what they are. They are staying in a separate coop for now until they get better acquainted with the existing flock. The biggest and most exciting addition since I left is the new windmill Grant installed! He said it isn’t completed just yet, there is some wiring to do. The instructions didn’t come in English so he has to do some deciphering… The list just goes on and on! He is amazing at getting things done! It has been all the little things that we just couldn’t get around to before. Every once in a while you have to stop and tie up loose ends. This place has come a long way from where we began. It is a lot easier to notice after taking some time away from it all. Now, Grant is off on his own adventure to Montana to meet his brand new beautiful baby niece, sister, and parents for a visit! As sure as the seasons change, there are blessings and hardships. We must embrace all the seasons and all of life’s lessons.