|This saying says it all and hangs in my living room, a gift from daughter, Jen|
As for me the art of rebuilding a new life has been a bit like living in a Kaleidoscope with swirls of thoughts, feelings, smells and re-connecting with the old Gayle, all these things are scattered about to form a crazy colorful pattern of what I guess is my life. I still don’t have the big picture of what this life will look like, but each day seems to unfold in a way that makes me observe, listen and see things anew. While experiencing this new chapter, the recent wheat harvest was bittersweet. The dusty/earthy smells of wheat being cut, hearing the sounds of the machines as well seeing them move methodically through the fields were reminders of what my former life looked like. And while I have adjusted quite well and am happy, this part of the Ag industry will forever tug on my heart strings. And that is why I continue with the blog – reporting as a landlord rather than a farm partner and talking to you. It’s a creative outlet that keeps my creative juices flowing.
(Make sure and check out Luna, the farm dog’s thoughts on harvest)
|The Hallmark Bag says it so well|
Without intending to, I've been playing more than writing and working around my place. And it feels good, but it is still a learned and conscious effort to remember to relax and enjoy the wonderful people around me. My warped sense of humor keeps finding ways to emerge in full color to poor unsuspecting folks…. Like for instance, I, along with my outrageous Montana cousins,
planned a surprise “re-hitching ceremony American style” for my brother and his new wife at their wedding reception held a few weeks after they had gotten back from being married in Jamaica....
|This is what a "not-so-normal" family picture looks like|
Then I did this...
(plus it is amusing to make your kids wonder about their “gene pool”! LOL – I think it’s called payback!! Ha ha ha. .. Yup if you counted all the goofy and crazy things that I do, well this would be about number 982 reasons why my daughters wonder if I'm normal! =)
Then my love for cowboy boots - a completely new thing for me and so far I am now the proud owner of 14 pair of cowboy boots, and 5 pair of non-cowboy boots. These are now standard gear both in and out of the office. They pair well with my jean jacket and dresses and I rarely wear
I’m still baking, not as much during the summer, but have to share this new cake recipe…quite yummy if I say so myself.
|Berry Centered Yellow Cake|