Sorry to have left you munsoned.

Hello friends.  I’ve missed you.  I’ve missed this space, missed the shining window of time that I used to take to ruminate on whatever was top-most on my mind.  I hope to take that back very soon.  You see, I’ve met my limits.  Face on.  And had them blow up all over the place, leaving me as a deer in the headlights, shaken and not knowing where to begin to start digging out of the mess.

Trying to take on too many things at once is predominantly a Spring disease, I think.  Gosh – I hope it’s limited to Spring.  Starting seeds, getting and raising chicks, lambing, business management, tilling and planting the new-and-improved-garden, building a website from scratch, returning phone calls and emails, brushing hair and teeth…it all becomes quite overwhelming if attempted at the same time.  For me, at least.  I know you understand how this blog, any blog, can only represent a miniscule sliver of the whole of the life it describes.  I know you understand that when I post about some domestic achievement, you can’t necessarily see the pile of dirty laundry, frozen pizzas, hot school lunches that lift up that achievement and make it possible.  I know, too, that you understand that I work hard to not only portray the happy-shiny aspects of this day-to-day, but that I try hard to keep it real and also highlight areas where I haven’t gotten it quite right.  My goal, however, is balance.  All of the posts I’ve mentally written in the last, oh, 17 days have been about the particular challenges that have been bogging me down.  It seemed like all of that brash honesty would have taken this blog down a weighty negative path.  For this reason, and for the sheer fact that I’ve been in a tailspin, not knowing which end was up, I decided to shut up.

But I do miss you, I miss the community we’ve created here and the insights we’ve shared.  So I’m popping my head in for a brief moment to say so and also to introduce you to the newest member of the Acres.  His story is a sad one, folks, as he is an orphan.  His mom was sweet Violet – a brave, lovely little ewe who went through pure hell to birth him and in the days after his arrival.  We lost her to complications of lambing.  Despite his unfortunate start, he’s a bright strong ram lamb – a bottle lamb now, splitting his time between the house, where he fits in like another pug, and the pasture, where he’s desperately trying to find his place in the complicated social hierarchy.  His name, I concede officially, is Munson, a reference from the movie Kingpin.  Captain Daddio penned the name, of course, and it was swiftly adopted by coercion.  It is fitting, of course, but still I have reservations and concede only because I’m grossly outnumbered.  Such is farm democracy, no?  That he is a ram lamb even getting a name should speak to his fate.

Without further ado, I present Munson.

7 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Connie Sue said,

    So sorry to hear about Violet; Munson is adorable. blessings, Connie Sue

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    queenjeanne said,

    I have met Munson personally and he is a fine fellow. So sorry he had a rough beginning but from what I observed, he is getting plenty of attention. Try to get some rest.

  3. 3

    Munson looks like he may be a bit of handful! Thanks for popping by to say ‘hello’ and letting us know you’re ok even if life is like trying to knit fog sometimes. Keep smiling 🙂

  4. 4

    cubbyholes said,

    Good to hear from you. Sorry about your having lost Violet, but you have her son to keep her memory close. On the bright side, once everything is planted, all you have to do is wait for God to grow it. grins.

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    Jeanne said,

    So so sorry to hear about Violet. Munson is quite the sweet little fellow!

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    Ailsa said,

    Lovely lamb, beautiful girl. Take care of yourself. Glad I’m not the only one who feels overwhelmed sometimes! I’m presently reading ‘Simplicity Parenting’ which has helped me see the wood for the trees…

    p.s. when i first read Munson, I was wonderinf if you had misspelt ‘monsoon’, so you could perhaps sneakily adulterate the name… or alternatively be grateful that it wasn’t Manson 😉

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    Amy Sue said,

    It was lovely to meet Munson in person tonight and seeing you guys again too. It really has been too long. Glad you are all doing well. LOVED the wooly yarn!!!

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