Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The View From Here

I write today from my little corner of the farmhouse in Kansas. I should be out feeding the pigs, goats and donkeys, but I've missed you all and I've missed telling my story. I'll get to them in a minute.

The last few days, ahem, weeks, have been life changing, but I believe for the best. Change is always difficult, especially for anyone who is even the slightest bit uncertain or emotionally unprepared. For me, my mind is always in a bit of hyperactive turmoil (just like Jim Lahey put it), so a new man, a new home, a new town, new animals, a new job ... wait ... can be oh-so-challenging.

But, like the horizon I snapped last night while out walking the farm, the future is vast and full of possibilities. In every corner of the land I see potential. There is so much work to be done on this farm--mainly fixing up and cleaning up--but with all hands on deck it's totally doable.

I have so many projects germinating in my mind, it's hard to decide which to focus on. It's a wonderful, blessed place to be in life--too many ideas but not enough money--because it lets one put things into perspective. It's humbling and I feel myself growing closer to God every day.

More Notes from the Nook later ... now I think I hear those goats bleating.    


  1. Couldn't be happier for you. You've done what I only wish I could do. I look forward to hearing the whole story.


  2. Karen! Your poll is cool but chosing one item to tick? Can't do it. I'd build the rustic cabin we've wanted for so long and build a nice but modest barn for my animal friends--in Minnesota, not here--but then have the absolute time of my life helping out animal charities with the rest. The only thing I wouldn't do is squirrel it away! :o)

  3. The only reason I thought about squirreling it away is because I'm regretting not squirreling away more money when I was a 9 to 5er.

  4. Thinking of you... catalog is almost done! Will write soon. :)

  5. Yeah, you're right. Squirreling is a Good Thing sometimes.

    I'm glad you're settled in and happy. And I hope Simone is getting used to Hank's dogs!