Life reaches out and surprises you some time !
This spring I thought I would slow down on the Festival circuit, just doing my favorite smaller ones. Then , yesterday , I came home to a surprise. A festival I had done for several years had called while I was in town , asking that we vend it again this year. I had a pretty intense self talk about it all…
After batting it around for a while , I decided we’d do it again. I have been blessed to usually hit on things that sell well, and have built a nice clientele who will buy from me at whatever Festival we show up for. We are trying to meet some financial situations, due to family illness and I feel that this is an answer to prayers for a way to meet those needs, so off we go to the Festival Circuit!
So far , all the Flux festivals (My Fave) this year at Caldron Creek, Peach Tree at Crane Missouri , and now Byrdfest at Cass on the Mulberry. Come see us if you attend any of them !
Serendipity often presents opportunities like this. I believe our job is to be open to them. Paying attention, being open to change , listening to what is being taught. Awareness is a concious act- listening and absorbing what is being said.
Sometimes it is about being aware of your strengths and weaknesses. What do you do well? What gives you trouble? These are things that are important in Homesteading as well.
One of the major problems new homesteaders run into is not admitting problem areas. We always try to urge new folks to have a sitdown with their partner and have an honest talk about things you are good at and things that you hate doing. then think about these is realtionship to what you will be doing on your homestead. If you hate getting stinky- don’t keep pigs, do sawdust humanure or active composting. Does the site of blood bother you? Get your partner to to do the livestock butchering or take it to your local food processing folks.Really think about what you can and cannot handle- this is where being honest with yourself is really important.
Serendipity often opens up volunteer opportunities to learn, with neighbors, or as a traveling volunteer. Pay attention if you want to learn things that help you further your dreams.
Just thinking and havign the conversations about your skills and things that you just cant bring yourself to do becomes so important…
I am not a good detail person! Thankfully , Dear Hubby is. We complement each other on this. I am perfectly happy spending the day in the garden or hiking our hollow- he likes his time out with the TV… it works , because we don’t get frustrated with each other. I am the dreamer, he is practical. We both have a wealth of the knowledge of the oldtime homestead skills..I multitask – gather materials and helpers, while he does the nuts and bolts stuff. We both know carpentry and basic mechanics. He is a electrician and. plumber- welds and has a degree in Agriculture. I am a retired Nurse and also have a degree in Medieval fabric art , with a focus on natural dyes. I am a past Master Gardener, we both have been Licensed Falconers, I have been a certified Canoe instructor and white water rescue instructor. We both love the native plants and wildlife in our area, while he is a hunter, as am I ,I hate fishing! I focus on photography, while he paints beautiful watercolors. He has a degree as a Journeyman Beekeeper and is working on his Masters. Me? I am super allergic to his pets! I love watching them fly- they are gold against the sun above our garden… so beautiful.
Point being, find where you are strong , and what your partner is better at.. listen to the things that open up in your life … Pay attention, live with awareness.