how we got here.....

picket fences, revised

life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans.... john lennon
 i thought i had it all mapped out. the white picket fence. the craftsman style cottage in the middle of the city.  then it was the historical victorian handyman's project on the idyllic street of that perfect small town. and a few dreams later, there was that little art deco place in another small town. i'd picked out the new tile.  the wallpaper.  designed the landscaping,  preapproved.  ready for signing.  then BAM. curveball.  it falls through.  crushed. hopes dashed. again. my partner is out of patience and ready to throw in the towel.  sign another lease.  try again in a year, maybe.  i said i was ready to give in, too. 

but clearly, i wasn't.  because late, late at night, when i said i wasn't really looking.  i was looking.  and i found a place that was just about the farthest thing from what i had planned.  what i had dreamed.  what i had always been sure i wanted. it was none of that.  it was a farm.

or that's what i saw, anyway.  because it wasn't a farm.  it was just a spot of land with a fixer-upper in the middle of nowhere.  the only reason i even looked twice was the location.  only a few miles from our very favorite state park, it was situated in the beautiful hill country. and the price was right.  less than we'd planned, in fact.  i bookmarked the ad.  (who finds their home on craigslist?!) and hit the hay.  i'd been up for hours and i was exhausted.  ready for sleep.

except sleep did not come.  the wheels were turning. speeding along.  and in the early morning hours, a farm was born

being a certified 'foodie', i had always been interested in growing our own food.  living a more self-sufficient lifestyle.  reducing our carbon footprint.  i mean i composted, forevermore. i had all those vintage homekeeping books.  i was up to this.  i would start sewing again.  i'd can our foods, like the jam i'd put away, oh, say, 15 years prior. i'd bake bread. we'd have some animals of some sort. if the walton's could do it, i could do it. all of this developed before 5am.  and before i saw the property.  and before i mentioned it to my partner.  i'm kinda like that.

and the rest is history....

the partner, well he thought maybe we should take a look.  and we did.  the place didn't quite look like all of the dreams i'd had that night.  and it was a little more difficult to imagine the storybook farm life of which i had been dreaming.  it looked like a lot of work.  and it looked like, well, it really looked like the country.  not the walton's country, either.  more like green acres. i even began to affect a hungarian accent in the new thoughts i was having.  i was all eva gabor playing lisa douglas.  i wondered if i'd begin taking a bath in the town's water tank.  have to climb up a pole to make a phone call? were we going to have a pig named arnold? horrors!
but it was too late.  oliver, i mean the partner, well he had already sipped of my walton's koolaid.  he thought it was a great idea.  and i was in tears so did i, of course.  by golly, we were farmers. be continued
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  1. It seems like only yesterday

  2. Tom Perkins29 April, 2011

    You are a great writer! When you are in your house and you walk through the closet do you end up outside?

  3. Oh no Tom, we closed that off weeks ago.

    Lot's of things have changed. We no longer have only 1 channel on the TV. Now we can tune in 5 radio stations instead of only 3. And we no longer have to drive into town to make a phone call or use the internet!

    We are HIGH TECH I tell ya!

  4. and he isn't making any of that up. (and thank you, i think that writing is a family thing.)

  5. Amanda Wright30 April, 2011

    Tried to post on your blog no luck. But i wanted to say that is a beautiful story. I am glad you have found your happy place :)

  6. Kate Barclay01 May, 2011

    You have done such amazing work at your farm! Good job!

  7. thank you, amanda, i really have found my happy place!
    and thank you, kate, it's been such a pleasure to share our work. we 'get by with a little help from our friends'!


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