I have often commented or thought to myself how blessed I am in my life. Mary and I have a nice home, room to roam, enough to eat and a multitude of great friends and family.
So the shoe hit a little bit this spring. In early May, we got hit with a late freeze, almost unheard of in the month of May. The trees at the Newark and at the Macedon farm got hit very hard, especially the Douglas fir and the concolor fir. At my Savona farm, the damage was less severe, though some trees that would normally be harvested this fall will need to be left another year.
A week later our house was hit by lightning, the second time in 9 months. It fried all of the electronics in the house, but all people and critters are safe!
Then as I was preparing the field behind the house for the recent drumming, the engine seized up on my tractor. A big bill in an already lean year seems to be in the offing.
Sundance is coming up quickly. Two weeks from today is tree day. The hay needs to be cut, and the thunderbeings are challenging that act because they won’t give us three days in a row to make hay!
But, you know, it is all good. Life with all victories and no challenges becomes boring, and the good things can become less rewarding. The gold in all of this is that we become stronger, and new opportunities arise. One example for me is folks reaching out to help. The circumstances of our challenges don’t lend themselves to people coming here and leaning into a shovel. But the number of people who have told me that they are praying for us lately is amazing and uplifting. I am indeed a man most blessed.