Sunday, December 31, 2017

Sunday Walkabout 12-31

It’s New Year’s Eve, and I should be plotting out the future with intention, posting some sort of retrospective or at the very least planning some sort of celebration. Or that’s what internet-land would have me think.

But, the Boss says it’s all contrived. That I’m trying to make something out of nothing. We’re simply turning the page on the calendar. It’s just another day.

And, I’m inclined to agree.

That move to the Valley in 1997, that was with New Years’ intentions. And, we all know how that turned out. I’ve spent the past 20 years trying to figure out exactly WHY that happened and WHAT we were supposed to gain from it. (other than a whole mess of “issues” inside my head)

I don’t know that I have the time or strength for a retrospective. This has been a hard year.  A scary diagnosis (read this), two major surgeries, a prolonged recovery, what seemed like countless medical tests and the loss of a faithful guardian are just a few of the challenges we faced. 

And, until the world accepts 9pm as the new midnight, I know I won’t be able to greet another year with my eyes opened. Planning for any sort of celebratory welcome for the New Year is totally unnecessary.
it's very cold
and very windy

So, maybe I will just flip that calendar page. Say a quick “thank you, Jesus!” that the Boss and I are still standing after the various and sundry challenges of the past twelve months. Go ahead with the stuff that we normally do on a cold winter day.

planning/plotting the 2018 gardens
We have plotted out the gardens and planned the seeding dates. We vaccinated the ewes that will lamb sometime next week. The seed potatoes and broiler chicks will get ordered in the next couple of days.
ready for ewe shots

Even though all that seems a little anti-climactic. A little less than celebratory. But, that is just the way we roll.

So, forget that countdown to the New Year…we’re counting down to the to the first planting date…to Spring…to the beginning of Market season…

Because, that is the cycle of Life here on the hill.

Hope y’all have a

Happy Sunday! 

See you next year!
one of the GOOD things from 2017
He looks a little surprised that it's almost 2018

Just in case you need some reading material to make it to midnight (or possibly help you fall asleep) Here are some retrospective posts for your New Years’ Eve. 


  1. A Very Happy and Healthy New Year to you and to the Boss Barbara.

  2. Dang, blogger is acting up - spotting commenting. Don't know if you got the comment I had here. Stay warm, snug & centered. Spring is coming and you need to recharge. Kris