Snow has transformed the landscape. Every little familiar detail is infused with magic. The little nooks created by hawthorns, apple trees and roses as they reach over the creek look like something out of a fantasy movie. Orin loves these spots and it fills me to watch him play as I did when I was small enough for such spaces.
I recently came across an audiobook for an old DragonLance novel I read as a young teen – Dragons of Autumn Twilight. I’ve not read one of those books in near 20 years. I started listening as I tooled around the kitchen or early in the morning while getting ready for work. Sweet, sweet nostalgia. I wonder if Orin will love these books as much as I did in my younger days. Sometimes I wonder about how much different (read: less awesome) my life would be had I not discovered fantasy and sci-fi at such a young age. I have my brother to thank many times over.
We took a family walk after the first snow down to the creek and the aspen grove. The more we learn about the plants and animals, the more connected we feel to the land and to ourselves. Orin knows where the mint grows and where there are still rose hips left hanging, tipped with a powdering of snow.
In spite of recent setbacks (dead farm animals, cougars, and a whole new set of tires), our adventures in ReWilding are picking up steam and our excitement for the life we’ve chosen is as high as ever. Possibly a little higher.
Orin’s Snack Shelf
Orin now has his own shelf filled with tasty homemade treats – dried beet chips, dried apples, roasted pumpkin seeds, raisins and popcorn. He’s quite proud of this new freedom and happily offers up his food to anyone at every opportunity. Orin’s snack shelf in action.
We’ve filled our freezer to bursting with a quarter of a grass fed cow raised a stone’s throw away by our neighbor, half a pig raised 30 minutes away, and a whole load of bones and leaf fat to render into stock and lard. Tasty, healthy free range meat with no synthetic chemicals added. Sweet.
Every Thursday we drive into town to pick up our grass fed raw milk share and our CSA box. This makes up most of what we eat. We’ve a wide assortment of herbal teas (some we’ve harvested, some we’ve bought) and a whole host of goodies we’ve made (mostly from the land here) elderberry juice, dried rose hips for tea, dried chanterelles and field mushrooms, fresh sauerkraut, fermented hot sauce, kefir, etc.
Most of our time spent not working is spent focusing on healthy food and exploring new ideas around rewilding and becoming happier and healthier. There’s something new to learn every day. I’ve been pretty swamped with work lately, so Manijeh gets to do most of the exploration while I push pixels around the screen. I enjoy what I do, but it’s sometimes difficult to look out the window and see Orin rolling around in the sunshine with his mom while I argue with clients about brand guideline adherence. Ha!
Dianna recently explained apple doll carvings to me, so I gave it a shot (here’s mine below). What a great use for “bad” apples. I can’t wait to see what the final dried face will look like. Already I want to carve a dozen more and line them up in the dehydrator for Christmas ornaments!