Growing Forward, Happily

December 31st, 2009

The garden sits bare in the snow… waiting. I remember what has grown there, and what didn’t. The fun of picking vegetables, the frustrations and impatience. Hands in the dirt, mysteries and suprises, butterflies and birds. So many memories through the years. And my imagination looks forward!


The garden waits for all the things I’d like to grow and share, opportunities and change. Somehow the seed and farm catalogs know it. They’ve started coming in the mail already, just in time to whet my appetite for planting and growing something in the spring. Ah, but what’s a winter for if not the chance to dream about warmer, growing seasons?

A day or two of sunshine is just enough to warm the spirit however.


Even though the cold will be a constant for a couple more months, somehow I need that time.  Maybe it’s a time we can look inward, or catch up on a few things at home.  A chance to look behind at the year past, and welcome new things.


It’s the last day of the year… as certain as that is, it still surprises me a little. Where has the time gone?! Some may debate when this decade really ends, but all I can say is “Welcome 2010!” Somehow each year brings hope… a time for change and a renewal.  Perhaps we make vows, or decide that this year it will all be different.  It might.  Where it counts, I hope so.   Sometimes too, things are the same no matter how the years pass, and that is as it should be.


I wish you all a year of great joy and promise, good health, love, friendship and prosperity, and most of all… a Happy New Year!

8 Responses to “Growing Forward, Happily”

  1. R. Shermanon 31 Dec 2009 at 1:07 pm

    A Happy 2010 to you and yours.

    Re: Your Post. There’s a reason fields like fallow. It’s necessary for them to be productive. I wonder why we humans haven’t grasped the applicability to our own endeavors. Too few of us practice the concept of the sabbatical, much less the sabbath, even without the religious significance.


  2. Pabloon 31 Dec 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Happy New Decade!

  3. Walter Jeffrieson 31 Dec 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Fallow, like what winter forces on us… Otherwise we would just keep going with all our construction projects. The snow has locked us in. Now we wait and survive until spring.

    Happy New Years!

    in Vermont

  4. Edon 01 Jan 2010 at 8:17 am

    Hear, hear!

    Happy new year!

  5. chookon 01 Jan 2010 at 11:05 am

    thanks for sharing your travels with us. it’s been such an interesting journey.

    happy new year!

  6. Sageon 01 Jan 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Happy New Year and may you keep sharing about the life around your farm, some of us get to fantasize what it would be like to settle down and grow roots from your posts.

  7. Laura-Jane - Whimfieldon 02 Jan 2010 at 8:06 am

    Happy New Year. I look forward to coming back and seeing that snowy garden looking bountiful.

  8. Beauon 03 Jan 2010 at 10:33 am

    Thanks all, and you as well!