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What's this you ask? It's something new I'm trying on for size. As you may, or may not know, I have been sending out a weekly email with a highlights reel of our week here at the roost. While I was writing last week's update, I peeked through the old ones, and realized it was like a digital diary of our little farm life here. Why was I having that live in email form, when I could be saving them on my own blog to enjoy anytime? I don't know, but I'm fixing that. So here it is, our first Week Peepin' of all time!
And let me tell you, what a week it was!
On Monday we celebrated my husband's 35th birthday! Seriously, I couldn't do a lot of things we do around here without him and I am forever grateful for his dedication to us and this farm life. We had a great day enjoying him, good food, and banana pudding. His favorite.
The weather was hit and miss this week, but on the sunny days the goats and chickens played! They are still warming up to each other, but I think the chickens are going to enjoy "free ranging" in the goat pasture once the fence is finished and the goats move out there.
I finally got my blueberries in the ground! It's a good thing too, because I have 6 grape vines, 3 pear trees, and 2 new fig trees coming this week. This was a huge accomplishment considering they were sitting in pots on my porch for over a month. Giving myself a gentle pat on the back.
Our family was in a car accident and thankfully we are all ok except some bumps and bruises, and a wee bit of soreness. I wish I could say the same for our Subaru. When I casually said in conversation the week before that we could really use a 7 passenger SUV, but we were going drive our current car into the ground before we replaced it this was not what I meant. I need to be a bit more intentional when I throw things out to the universe. Despite the fact that we really could use a bigger vehicle, I do miss this one. Ever heard that saying "you don't know what you've got until it's gone"? That's how I'm feeling right now about the Rue. I won't rehash all the details of the crash now. If you want know more about it, I shared something on Instagram the day of, and you can read it here.
One thing that really struck me during all of this was how incredible our community is. The EMT's and first responders were amazing, the people who owned the houses the crash occurred in front of were kind enough to take our kids into their homes to entertain them, help me clean out the car, and drive us home after it was all over, we had neighbors and friends checking in on us, and more offers for help than we needed.
This close call has really forced me to take a step back from all of things I'm working on and re-evaluate my priorities. I've been a bit quieter on social media since it has happened, and made a real effort to spend my time on things that are more meaningful to me. I expect that will continue as I sort out all my feelings about it.
The day after the accident, Jared and I participated in The Buck Fifty! It's a 24 hour, 150 mile relay race around Ross County, with a team of 10 people in two vans. I'm not a runner, so I drove a van, but Jared ran about 17 miles over 3 different legs! Our team was on the course for about 26 hours from Friday evening through Saturday evening.
The race benefits programs that support eliminating drug addiction in teens. It's taken me a bit to process the overwhelming feelings I had participating in something so monumental. The fun, stress, and sleep deprivation really take a toll on you. Such a large number of our friends and neighbors participated in some way to make this race happen! They sponsored teams, drove vans, supported their spouse during training, volunteered at checkpoints, and of course ran the race. I was really inspired to get myself into shape so I can run it next year. If you live close enough to travel to participate I encourage you to check it out!
On Sunday, Sam and I recorded the 9th episode of We Drink & We Farm Things. We've received some positive feedback on the podcast. Check it out if you haven't yet.
Thank you for week peepin'! I truly enjoy sharing the highlights of the week with you and hope you enjoy reading it. This week seriously felt like it was 100 years long. Here's hoping this coming week is a bit tamer.
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