It was a very good year

“When I was….. um,”.  Lets just say last year, 2014, was a very good year.  It was a very good year for new beginnings.  We had a few.

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Our little baby Cocoa

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More Hippie Chicks

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Our newest member to the family.  Grandson Travis

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Baby bunnies

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Guinea Hens!  (very noisy guinea hens!)

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The 3 Stooges….Alpacas!! Moe, Curly and Larry….yuck, yuck, yuck!

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Beaks.  Our little lost Parakeet

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She found a permanent home and a new friend, Blue.  Beak and Blue.

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Honey Bees!

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Last but not least.

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Mo.  Mr. Molashes

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and Thunder.

When I was ……. ah…  It was a very good year.  It was a very good year for new friends and old.

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The Bunkhouse opened it’s doors to our first guests.  Mo’Riches Bridget

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and our hubs….Cheers to new friends!

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and more guests who soon became friends.

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Facebook friends that came to visit

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and friends that I hadn’t seen since elementary school.

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Man friends

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Women friends

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very best friends.

It was a very good year.  It was a very good year for Family.

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Me and my sisters.

Let me just say this here… there is nothing like a sister.  I love them dearly and I could never imagine a life without them.  They are everything (They KNOW everything!!!!! and still love you).

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My mom.  She made me who I am.  Yes, I blame it all on her!!

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My family from Germany even came for a visit

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Dutch made a new friend too and wouldn’t leave his side.

Then I was…..Okay…54!!! Happy now??  I’m 54…..Jeesh…get over it already!!

When I was 54, it was a very good year.  It was a good year for

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Dutch entering the ring and becoming a Champion!  Go Dutch!!

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Is he not so handsome?

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and then there is this guy…handsome even with his mouth guard hanging out. Our son Kris became a Lacrosse player.  Not a sport for the faint of heart.  It is brutal and he came home with bloody noses and black eyes.  Just in time for his Sr. Prom.

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It was ok though.  His date plays soccer and she had a matching black eye.  They were quite the pair.

Seriously…I can’t make this stuff up!!

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It was a year for our first ever Swiss Stock.

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Swissy’s came from far and wide

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3 generations of Swissy’s.  Dutch with his mom and grand mom.

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Dutch learned to pull a cart.

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and everyone wanted to bring home a puppy.

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We had Wildman Steve Brill come and host a foraging class

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He showed us things that were bad for our farm family and things that were good for them.  The goatee girls really enjoyed his visit.

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We started a roadside stand business

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and hosted an Open House

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When I was…..(are you really gonna make me say it again?) 54!!!  When I was 54… It was a very good year.  It was a good year for the 4 seasons.

They came and went ~ way too fast.

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Spring.  New beginning.  Fresh start.  Clean slate.

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The garden begins

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The farm family is content.

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The Hippie Chicks start laying again.

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Life is good.

Then came summer.

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The garden flourished

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My herbs rocked the scene

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I started drying

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and soaping…always soaping.

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We opened the pool.

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AND

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THE KIDS

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JUMPED IN!!!

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Our youngest joined the National guard and left for boot camp.

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I baked pies to keep busy so I wouldn’t miss him.  (it didn’t work)

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I made lots of cheese.  That didn’t help either.

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Our gardens went crazy

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I made pickles.

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Jams and Jellies

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Dilly Beans!  Salsa, Pickled everything!!

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I had a great garlic harvest.

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Our grandson got so big!

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Both of them.

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Our granddaughter played soccer.

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and came for a week at Camp Mimi.  She learned to felt soap

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and make cupcakes

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clean barns

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Help with the farm family

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Pick vegetables

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and gather flowers.

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Then fall sound asleep after a hard days work.

But now the days grow short, I’m in the autumn of the year…

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Time for fairs

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and festivals

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apples and peaches

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grapes and grapevines

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tomatoes

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and pumpkins.

And now I think of my life as vintage wine from fine old kegs

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From the brim to the dregs and it poured sweet and clear.

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Then Christmas was here

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Family came together for life long traditions

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Friends came together for new traditions

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the stockings were hung

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the table was set

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our son came home

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and then we said good-bye

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It was a very good year

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it was a mess of good years.

when I was 54.

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