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2017 Thanksgiving

November 22, 2017

It has been a year. A year of success. A year of interruptions. A year of sorrow and loss. A year of just flat not giving up.

The farmer’s market expanded for SlowMoneyFarm this year. More growth, more sales. Fresh basil of several varieties, herbal vinegars, jams and jellies, homemade herbal salves and lotions, fresh baked goods and more went through the stall at the Walker County Farmer’s market. A bat house is made and will offer a home for bats – winged mosquito eaters! – in the years to come. More things are explored and will be added in the time ahead. A new to me truck joined the work force this fall…more hauling capacity!

It’s been interruptions in that I didn’t get the bees started as hoped. I see lost sales and lost time, but it takes precious dollars to set it up! It’s been a struggle but the pantry is nearly framed in and next is on to the kitchen, which I’d hoped to be done by now but it takes – sigh – money for materials. Time. Progress is happening but slowly!

A year of loss. Unspeakable, sometimes paralyzing can I keep going loss. In August my dad’s time on Earth came to an end. That is something all go through but no way to really prepare for the finality of it. In September Troy Gentry was killed suddenly in an accident – so many memories with him around it. Later in the fall Kenny Beard, songwriter inspiration for many passed away also suddenly. Big losses. Ugly crying losses. There’s others, but these left scars. There’s the loss of Pixie, just after my dad passed and after several days of being a comfort to the whole family. Old Red, Missy, Taffy have been laid to rest this year. They were getting older, and we knew time was coming but it’s still holes that can’t quite be filled.

And Faith joined the team. Faith is a loves life Doberman puppy that will join Diva as security. Old Bella is also getting older, as is Girl and each week is a blessing. Diva and Girl made two trips to Illinois with me this year. Always ready to go again…and Faith is learning the same thing.

It’s time to breathe life back into the blog, as I’ve been absent dealing with life for so much of the year. A snapshot just won’t cover it. It’s uncomfortably tight going into winter with not enough funds, but hoping for Christmas sales to ease the tight and cold months ahead, so I can afford to expand offerings next year, which means a seed order. And if things go well you just might taste SlowMoneyFarm basil at a restaurant in Jasper!

Brighter times ahead. I greatly appreciate everyone who bought a bag of greens, a tin of salve, or jar of herbal vinegar. It has allowed progress, that although not as much as wanted is still progress.

As we gather around Thanksgiving tables, say an extra prayer for us, for friends dealing with real issues like Michelle and Amy, for those struggling to keep heads above water and those who you might be able to help. Remember those who have an empty chair at the table this year.We don’t know when it might change but if anything was evident this year, it’s change. Lots of change. Sometimes change is good. Sometimes it’s painful. Sometimes it’s lonely.

I ain’t saying I’m perfect. But I’m working. On a better me. ~ Troy Gentry.

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