Today we are halfway through our second full month of budgeting on a single income, and staying on track so far. This is also my first week back to working five eight-hour days instead of four “tens”. It has been a long week but nice to get home a little earlier. Even though my job right now lacks the challenge and meaning I long for, I am fortunate to have it and look forward to where it might lead. Heading to town for work while D heads down the hill for work continues to feel right. We are so thankful that at this time in our lives, we aren’t tied to two incomes. D works harder than anyone I know, and his work pays in money saved (showing up now in smaller gas and grocery bills) and inner peace gained (for both of us). So, here are a few pretty updates.
We’ve been eating LOTS of vegetables. Shelly beans, tomatoes, and potatoes are doing especially well. D has the garden in really amazing shape, and our double fence/chicken run has so far been successful at keeping unwanted pests out. We took the goats over from my parents almost four years ago, and haven’t bred them in two summers due to time constraints. This summer, missing the sight of baby goats I am guessing, Dad bought a new Boer buck, Gibbs. Gibbs will breed our females when he gets a little older, but until then, he is busy being cute and hanging out with his pal, Davy. And with Adella in her new pasture, D is making progress breaking her to work. He has even been on her back a few times!
D and I spend Sunday evenings with his family on Pine Mountain. His family has shared the mountain with mining companies for decades (for more about mining in Spruce Pine, check out this recent article in Our State magazine, featuring an interview with Derrick’s cousin!). A few Sundays ago we walked to the top of the mine, and it was such a thrilling sight, to see the exposed gashes next to whole green ridges, banks of snow-white sand against the summer evening light. It reminded me of how complicated this area’s relationship with mining is. More about this in another post, maybe.
We also had a visit from family. Look at these two flower girls in our garden. We showed them the horse and the chickens. It was a joy to share some of our home with them.
As it is a joy, dear readers, to share with you. More later!
And as is usually the case, photo credits to D.