It’s December 31, 2010; New Year’s Eve. It’s been a year to remember for me – almost one year now in my new place, and a lot of work so far. I’m going to use 2011 to really settle, and work on those other goals (a real vegetable and herb garden, bees, growing my business to work from home, expanding my knowledge and marketing what my farm produces – wool/wool products, medicinal herbs, eggs, honey, and whatever else I can think of. Most of this is just in the beginning stages, and there’s a lot to learn and do before I can sell profitably, but the groundwork has been done and I’m ready – and excited – to move forward with all of it.
The past few days have been cold and clear. I had about 4 inches of snow on Tuesday night – my area had more than many other areas (pretty much nothing at my office, only 20 miles to the southwest); the weatherman said convergence zone, or something. I love the snow, and am loving the cold, clear days. Yes, there’s lots of ice on the roads yet, and it barely gets above freezing each day (it’s in the 20s overnight – so not too terribly cold, really), but I’ll take this over two inches of rain and four days of wet clouds.
As I bid adieu to 2010, and look forward with eager excitement to the gifts of 2011, marking another year on the earth in this form, I am reminded of all my blessings with even as I yearn for peace and goodwill from our prickly, aggressive, destructive species on this dear, blue planet we share.