My New Year's Day tradition is to review the accomplishments of the past year and plan for the next. It amazes me to realize this adventure has been going on for a little over six years, and to see how far we have come in that short time. This place has gone from a wild and woolly hillside to a farm, on a hillside. Sometimes i wonder if it will ever be 'done', but that answer is always "no," at least not until we are done and someone else takes over. And then, it will be their new beginning.
2018 was an emotionally challenging year, and potentially a transition in focus. It shows in the low number of posts to the blog, and that sadly, most of them are about sick animals. It was not all bad, however, and there were many moments of joy to make it all worthwhile. I cannot think of anywhere else I'd rather be at this moment.
2018 has been a year of learning. The year began with completing a Master Gardener class through the WV extension office. Along with the knowledge, I also gained valuable resources and met many wonderful like minded people. This led me and my daughter to our next level of plant adventure: herbalism, which includes wildcrafting, growing, and finding natural ways to improve our health. This will be another lifelong learning journey, and one we can share. It enhances the joy of living on this land and sharing it with my children.
As for the goals of the coming year, we must complete projects already started, make the daily chores easier and more manageable. And, continue to do things we enjoy.
Happy New Year!
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My name is Christy Franklin.