Friday, December 21, 2018

A green Christmas and adjusting to change

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
                                       Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It appears that around these parts we will be experiencing a green Christmas. I commented to My Hero this morning about how it does not feel like Christmas. Outside our window, right now, it is raining and that is supposed to continue. I will be great for those who must travel. The picture postcard Christmas we are used to is not going to make it.

I have been hanging out with the cows lately and they do not mind this greenery one little bit. There are shoots of grass scattered among the mud puddles. It is like a Christmas treat for them. A well-deserved treat from the hay that was lovingly cut, baled and continues to be delivered to them each day no matter what comes up.

Our herd is much smaller now. A necessity from a drought that had hay yields down. There are still the regulars like Red, Annie, Snow, Betty, and others but it took me a while to get used to the reduction of followers of me (yes that is what I thought). I still miss Bossy. Funny, I know, but they were like family to me. Silly for some, but that is “How I roll” as they say.

It has been a year of change, (for two getting up there in age farmers) and we are trying to keep up with the changes as best we can. I do believe we have this handled well, so far. Change is inevitable, no matter what and you best roll with it, as not to get run over. Always a good motto that I like to live by.

We had a new granddaughter born and now with two granddaughters, we will have fun on their visits to the farm. City girls, with unique access to country life. I do believe this advantage will give them a different insight. Something that a lot of children and adults do not get. Our plan is to keep this part of our world a big part of theirs. I do believe that the more exposure to the different ways that people live, can only help in the future. It should make for well-rounded human beings that look at both sides of things and to respect the rights of others in their own ways of living. I believe that we all should always try to understand the choices of others. Education and exposure to our differences can only make the world a better place.

You know that different way of observing life works both ways. I have been very busy bouncing from city to farm. I am getting used to a world in the city that is very different, yet surprisingly the same. People all over are very similar in their ways. All those news reports I constantly heard over and over on the television, I have to say, had me nervous about the city life for children.

I was wrong, people are good no matter where you live. You get what you give. If you walk around with a frown that is what you will get in return. A smile goes a long way in both worlds. Our world is wonderful, and we must believe that, and do what we can to do your part. Our children need to know that. We are all in this together. Tolerance and respect are key.

Laughter and silliness are what we all need more of.

Merry Christmas everyone from all of us here on the farm.



  1. Your grand daughters are indeed lucky to experience the best of both worlds! I enjoy seeing glimpses of your oldest as she visits you on the farm. It's looking like a green Christmas here too...nearly 60 degrees F here on the first day of winter, and a muddy, soggy mess! Merry Christmas!

  2. A great post today. I agree with what you say about respect and tolerance. We need more of that.
    Change is inevitable, especially as we grow older.
    It's raining here also and our snow is going down but I hope that we have a little left for Christmas.

    We have sold all our bred heifers and the price was so low that it like giving them away. The price the cattle buyer gave was $600 for pregnant heifers and $600. for milking cows. This is just such an unfair price. I've never seen it so low.

    We are still selling hay but my husband has to turn away new customers because he's afraid to run out for his regular customers.
    Wishing you a Blessed Christmas
    Hugs, Julia

  3. Love it Grace.. such a talented writer. We are all lucky to have you in our lives and of course especially your granddaughters! Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy Healthy and adventurous New Year.. Lots of hugs Dorothy

  4. Merry Christmas to you too ... and all the very best for the New Year to come. Lucky grand daughers to have such an insightful grandma.

  5. This is such a beautiful and wisdom packed post. Thank you. And I hope your Christmas (and the years to come) is filled with joy. Whatever the colour.

  6. Nice story Grace. You’ve been very busy with the new extension to your family. The grandkids are lucky to have such a warm, caring and fun grandma to hang out with. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I hope you and your Hero have a restful holiday and take this time to recharge your batteries.

  7. Well said as to how life should be lived. we're all in this together. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  8. All these photos made me smile and the story you told is oh so lovely, I hope your Christmas is wonderful and full of love and laughter

  9. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you your husband and family, Hugs xoxoxox

  10. Perfect words of wisdom. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  11. How lucky your granddaughters are, to have you and your hero as grandparents. I love that photograph of the two hands, one large and one tiny. We are nothing, if not flexible, right? I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday, and I hope the new year brings good weather and good crops to you!

  12. Inger has left a new comment on your post "A green Christmas and adjusting to change":

    I keep missing your posts because I'm just not around as much as before. I always love to catch up and I hope you and your Hero had a wonderful Christmas. So many changes and no Bossy? I feel bad when I miss so much. Take care my friend and I hope you will be able to take care of everything there for a very long time to come. I think of you often.

  13. I came by to wish you and your Family a Happy New Year. Laughter and silliness indeed! I find myself smiling often and am many times gifted with a smile and a friendly "Hello!" in return. The constant woe is me attitude I don't believe makes the world a better place. Congratulations on your new grandbaby!

  14. A heartwarming post dear B. May you and your family have a wonderfully Happy New year. Hugs xx


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