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The Magic is in Everything


Thanks to many people, the work weekend at the farm was resounding success, and we have much more space for the event.

LJ roll call of honour:

cathgrace  ...mudded the entire garage bathroom
anselmatthews  ...mowed for seven (SEVEN!) hours and found almost an acre of lawn, in addition to putting up drywall
eleanors_closet ...lopped and lopped and lopped some more in the woods, and did some impressive yardwork
findlaech  ...mowed with the electric mower all around the house, which is no easy task, and I think was the one that took out all the trees attempting to get a foothold in the courtyard)
stringmonkey  ...kept me and my useless hands wonderful company
theblueleader  ...for works unfathomable and generous (without her we would not have most of the drywall) over many weekends

and also Cindy, Kirk (chainsaw!  CHAINSAAAAAAAWWWWWW!!!!!!), Jimmy (lopper, trimmer, and hauler of trees), Jeff (trimmer - big, scary, gas-powered trimmer that laughed at locust saplings), Laura, and Isaac and Emmy.  Did I forget anyone (not including my awesome Bob)?  I'm wracking my brains and trying to remember.  Smack me with the name if I forgot you.

And anselmatthews  does, in fact, play piano much better than me.  :)

The farm is so lovely this time of year; I showed Ansel and Catherine and the kids the spring in the woods (it was built up with stone in the 1800s when it was the only source of water), and walked them through part of the woods to the beautiful stream.  Isaac and I think fairies and dragons could live in these woods, because they look just like enchanted woods should look.

I managed the weekend with pain, but with medication to spare (just).  Thank you to all who saw my semi-locked post Thursday for your sympathies; I am waiting today to find out if they finally filled my scrip or not, but I have enough to get me through today, and I am okay.  The Lyrica may be kicking in more, and I am still hopeful.

I think this is because the farm has remarkable healing properties; every special place has magic, and the magic there for me is the restoration of serenity in my soul.  It is quiet (when the mower and chainsaw aren't in use, natch), and each moment brings a gift, whether it's toads and salamanders standing guard on the deck, praying mantises waiting by the door to welcome us, unexpected shooting stars in a night sky so bright with stars that you can see your hands, or a tiny jewel-green hummingbird that pauses for a moment and looks at you with surprise, not expecting you to be sitting by the blooming nasturtiums.

There are wildflowers everywhere - not the big brash ones of summer, but mellower ones that you have to look carefully to notice.  In the early evening, flocks of birds come to the unmown areas of fescue grass and feed on the seed heads, bouncing up and down through the grass as they please.  The woods resound with the calls of catbirds and gnatcatchers, and flocks of turkeys run through the woods (and across the road in front of us).  Squirrels munch intently on the first of the ripe black walnuts.  Everywhere you turn, something is alive and beautiful.

The weather was perfect.

Of course, I forgot to bring the camera.  You'll have to close your eyes and imagine it for youself.

Comments

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sileas_1
Sep. 22nd, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
No photograph could provide a picture as vivid and magical as the words you used. I could see everything from the sweeping newmown lawn to the magical forest.
leofwynne
Sep. 22nd, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, I am so glad you had a bit of soul-restoring time. It sounds like it was wonderful. The weather was beautiful this weekend, it is one of my favorite times, summer just spilling into fall. Hope you are feeling better and the pharma-drama ends.
anselmatthews
Sep. 22nd, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
You are very kind. You and Bob were very gracious hosts, and we enjoyed ourselves tremendously. Thank you for sharing your sactuary with all of us.

We have decided to attend the Tuesday practice this week, so we will see you tomorrow?
cathgrace
Sep. 22nd, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
hey babe, you are apparently on-line!
attack_laurel
Sep. 22nd, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
Yes. :)
cathgrace
Sep. 22nd, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
It's mostly my fault that I did the whole bathroom, it's how I learned to do it in order to prime for texture and even out the paint absorption, so when I asked Bob what texture you were finishing with, and if he wanted the room skim coated, I didn't make sure that we were on the same page when he said "yes" because I just assumed he knew that skim coated meant everything...... It's entirely possible that the meaning was even lost in all the assignments he was giving out. Anyway at least the garage bathroom will be well done! We had a wonderful time and I hope the children were not too tiring, you were both wonderful hosts!
attack_laurel
Sep. 22nd, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
You were awesome, and we had a great time. :)
sinclairhawkins
Sep. 22nd, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
now THAT sounds like my idea of a good weekend! A hard weekend of labor out in a place that beautiful with good friends.

Now I am jealous.

attack_laurel
Sep. 22nd, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
Well, you'll both have to come out and spend a weekend. *mischievous*
sinclairhawkins
Sep. 23rd, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a GREAT plan

etinterrapax
Sep. 22nd, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
Hi! It's Nicole from the Plimoth weekend. Don't feel like you have to friend me back or read; I'm mostly whining and occasionally screeding. It was lovely to meet you, though!
attack_laurel
Sep. 22nd, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
Hi, and welcome! My journal flips back and forth between many things, but hopefully you'll enjoy it. :)
akgnome
Sep. 22nd, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
your description leaves me insanely jealous, and wishing i could have helped out as well. (though with one bum wing, it's doubtful i could have done much to help, rather than get in the way.)

my grandparents house is like that...i spent all my summers up there as a teen...it was wonderful.

good luck on your script. i hope things work out for you.
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pinkleader
Sep. 22nd, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
Hooray for progress! Sorry we couldn't make it, but with all that mowing it is probably for the best. Glad you guys had a great weekend.
perilousknits
Sep. 22nd, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
I was thinking good thoughts for you this weekend. Actually, to be honest, as I was cleaning gravel out of the cactus jungle, I was thinking, "Well at least I don't have a patch of woods choked with undergrowth and an acre of grass to mow." :)
redsquirrel
Sep. 22nd, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
Lyrica? You have fibromyalgia? So Not Fun. I have that, fortunately so far fairly mildly. Stupid brain, forgets to turn off the pain alarm signal. So unpredictable too, just some days I wake up and find out my body has decided "Oh, OK, I am going to hurt today." Bleh. I think the walking I've been doing has helped some, though.

I'm glad you are feeling better. I'm a firm believer in the healing power of beauty. And laughter. And love, always love.
attack_laurel
Sep. 23rd, 2008 09:59 am (UTC)
I'm not even lucky enough to have something defined, even as poorly defined as fibro. I have "unspecified neuropathy", in that I have nerve pain and they don't know where it's coming from. I have only been on full doses of Lyrica for about two weeks, so I'm still waiting to see if it does anything. I mostly use coedine to kill the pain, because nothing else - so far - has managed to consistently make the pain manageable without giving me insane side effects.

...not that the coedine is without side effects, they're just manageable. :)
nobarking
Sep. 22nd, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
That's so wonderful, I'm glad you have so many awesome friends willing to pitch in, and I'm dying to see pictures before winter locks things down for the year!

Also I have my fingers crossed on the pharmacy, I've been worried about you and the hoops they're making you jump through.
attack_laurel
Sep. 23rd, 2008 10:01 am (UTC)
The pharmacy filled it, and I have enough to go until I see my other doctor, who will be my only pain doctor from now on. :) You definitely know how relieved I am!
isabeau_lark
Sep. 23rd, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
I am a firm believer in places picking up emotional resonances, and if you're sensitive enough to pick those things up, they make a big difference. Sounds like your farm has always been filled with happy people, and I hope that continues to help. Obviously you're adding to it with the camaraderie of your friends.

When I was house-hunting, there were one or two places that I "Just Said NO!" I knew the second I walked in the door that there was no way I could ever live there.

Good luck with the pharmacy trolls!
attack_laurel
Sep. 23rd, 2008 10:02 am (UTC)
When we were looking for land, another place actually whispered my name, but I knew this place was the right one as soon as I walked on to it. There were about 10-12 spicebush swallowtails sitting on the driveway, waiting for us. :)
dreadbaron
Sep. 23rd, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
Sorry we couldn't be there, we were doing show prep for the UofR Arts around the lake. Feeling very useless this season.
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