Thursday, March 15, 2012

Gypsy Farmgirl Plans - What Next?


So, if you haven't already guessed it, we're back on the mainland after spending most of the winter in Hawaii.

I understand the winter here was very mild, much more so than normal.  And for that I say, "You're Welcome."  I'm sure if we had stayed here it would have been a typical Midwestern winter.

So, what next?

Although this question occurred to me every now and then throughout our stay on the Big Island, I spent surprisingly little time or energy worrying about the answer.

In fact, I spent surprisingly little time or energy worrying about anything at all except how we were going to get to the grocery store to restock our pantry every week.  It was a refreshing break from my normal gerbil-ball-brain.

I just kept reminding myself, after all, we do have a 1971 Airstream Travel Trailer. We won't be completely homeless when we return.

We do actually have some real Farmgirl plans however.  Such as, find a parcel of farmland to call our own. We have resumed our farm hunt with vigor.

Nothing like a little vigorous farm-hunting to get the blood flowing, eh?

In between shopping for farms I've been reacquainting myself with the Big Farm. My girls are both here, and we brought our cats, too, who are sharing the second floor of my friends' bunkhouse with us.

{the cats, not the alpacas}

I have completely fallen in love with the neighbor's lamb named Puppy who was brought back to life by their dog.When I go over to help bottle-feed her, I call out and she comes running through the paddock and across the barn to me, bleating all the way and sucks down her bottle with a gusto I can only admire and occasionally emulate. 

I've helped catch and move this flock of 65 chickens - twice - and enjoy their pastured-eggs every morning.  And now I am also enjoying two new peeps hatched from this very same flock. 

I've hauled firewood and cut raspberry brambles and pitched hay and hauled water and grain and visited a maple syrup sugar shack and taken sunset hikes into the hills and sat with the alpaca herd for no reason other than just to sit on a hillside with a beautiful view surrounded by beautiful animals.

But mostly I've been enjoying the company of new and old friends we have in this area, friends and mentors who have taken us under their wings and are helping us get our Farmgirl feet planted squarely on the ground.

{or Farmboy feet, for my hubby}

In other words, life is grand, and we are blessed beyond measure.

What blessings are you counting these days??


jenlarson said...

As always - I love reading your posts!! I'm so happy for you both, and excited for you to find some farmland of your own :) Puppy looks absolutely adorable, too!

Victoria Strauser said...

Thank you Jen!! I'm so honored you keep visiting! We are excited, too! (I'm hoping Puppy jumps into our car one of these days... lol!)

Jess said...

Welcome back!

Victoria Strauser said...

Thank you Jess! It's great to be back!

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