Whatever It Takes: A Mantra for Farmers, and Fishers, and People Who Never Give Up

| 10/23/2019 10:27:00 AM


It’s when you dig deeper. When you sit up all night waiting for new born lambs or kids. When things don’t come out the way you planned but, you just change plans. When Mother Nature decides this old Earth needs more rain or snow than you would like, making growing seasons too long or too short, but accept it anyway because you’re not in charge. When the phone rings and it’s not the news you want to hear, but you hold hands and close your eyes and say thank you anyway.

As a writer, there are times when I’m cramping my brain for something worthy enough to get out of my head and down on paper. Other times, there’s no question where the inspiration comes from.

A few weeks ago, a post came up across my Instagram feed. Because of the photo, because of the quote, I was curious to know about the author and the story.

I ordered this new book and within a few days, it  was stuffed into my post office box. I was eager to dig right in to it but running a farm single handedly, quiet time is precious. When evening comes, I sit down with good intentions, but the days chores and a tired body usually results in heavy eyelids winning more often than not.

 About the 3rd day, the calling from the bedside table became louder and curiosity got the best of me. I made a cup of tea and headed back out to the barn after morning chores, book tucked under my arm. I joined my new little bunny, Mr. McGregor, sitting in a pile of new hay, gnawing away on the piece of apple I’d given him. The morning disappeared as chapter after chapter unfolded. That night, I climbed in bed early and finished the book.

10/24/2019 4:11:56 AM

A lovely article, a trip down memory lane. I am fortunate to have known my great grandmother - 1889 to 1995! She was a true pioneer woman, in the Pacific Northwest, and her legacy lived on in my grandmother, mother and now me. Now Australian by choice, hubby and I have just taken on (in our mid 50's) 130 acres of challenge and opportunity. We have surprised ourselves at how easily we've slipped from our city life into a live by the sun and the seasons -- and I know that's my DNA coming into its heritage. I will definitely get this book - sounds like a cracker read!

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