I’m back from Detroit. What a different place I live in as compared to an urban city. Not a bad difference – just a difference.
I drove down our road to find Julia waiting by the door and my sister Lynn with a handful of eggs emerging from my chicken coop. What a sight – totally out of “Green Acres.” Once in a while, we joke with the neighbors that The Farmer and I are completely out of Green Acres. But the fact of the matter is I am no Eva Gabor. Not a prayer I could ever be. I’m just a person full of lots of common sense and practicalness in my everyday life loving living where I do with a kid and a very great husband. Not a bit of glamour in me except for some daily mascara and lipgloss. But my sister Lynn - she is defitnitely Eva. She was dressed in a floral low-cut top complete with cleavage and some kind of knit pants, her arms and neckline covered in piles of gold jewelry. It was quite a site and one I hope I will remember forever.
Here Lynn is with one of my Polish Chickens. She has been caring for them all week long – collecting eggs – feeding the chickens. She just had major surgery which coincided with my crazy trip to Detroit PBS. She came up with my wonderful mother Nancy to help The Farmer care for Julia – get her to school, carry her around to appointments so the business side of this place could continue. Fact of the matter is, Lynn came for rehab from surgery. When I left on Sunday, she was a mess – in severe pain and feeling incredibly awful and on pain pills. By my Friday return, she was feeling much better and said that our place was worth $500/day for re-hab.
I didn’t worry much about Julia while I was gone. If Mom and my sister were around, I knew she would be safe. Mom’s got lots of experience with diabetes care and they all get along and laugh a lot. Truth be told, I was envious I was missing all the laughing. Julia’s Dad was there for the common sensicalness of it all – the part I usually am in charge of. Except for the excess of Hannah Montana-ish junk they bought her, it all worked out great.
I am indeed very lucky that Mom would take a week out of her life to pitch in and drive far and help take care of Julia. The fact that Lynn could be here to recuperate was an added bonus. Lynn has two sons so the time she spends with Julia is extra special as they really are on similar wave lengths.
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.