2014 has been so far, the most insane ride yet: unrelenting in its pace and intensity. But all good. No bad days. The baby chicks are growing at an alarming rate. Aside from a little cannibalism (who knew that was a thing?!!), which is largely under control, they are funny and cute and amazing to observe as they come into their own weird tiny dinosaur chicken personalities.
In fact, one day I will devote an entire post to chicken drama, which is wholly engrossing and rather surprising.
It's been nonstop, between pipes getting busted with the deep freeze of the "polar vortex" (who knew that was a thing?!), getting the goats knocked up (via a rental car, no less), driving almost 700 miles each way to disassemble a greenhouse, and you know, just day to day farm work.
Today was MLK day, and a client sent her office to me to contribute a day of service. 15 people came and weeded, composted, lifted and moved lumber, and painted the shed to look like a barn (pictures forthcoming). It was magical. I feel beyond blessed with good fortune.
After the work day I drove 300 miles round trip to look at a small 30s bungalow that I am hoping to have moved to the farm to make into my living space, which will free up the yurt to function as an educational space, and the shed can then be converted into a commercial kitchen. I have hired a carpenter friend to build out a pole barn for me adjacent to the shed, and honestly, I am feeling ecstatic at the prospect of having all the buildings I need possibly within the next 6 weeks.
Yes, I am exhausted, but I have trouble sleeping at night because my head is spinning with all the possibilities and fantastic things happening so quickly now for Whirlaway.
As I washed my hands in the outdoor sink this evening, I saw a brilliant fireball meteor graze the sky, and felt, for a moment, as though the universe itself was offering a benediction, giving me a nod and a wink.
Its a wonderful feeling to know that you are on the right track. It's been a long, winding road here, but worth every last bump and stumble.
Thanks to all for riding along.