Rise Up

What the FUCK is going on with this country? When did our society start to implode? Right now, we have hit critical mass. There is no going back, only forward. I’ve been asking myself since 1991 what has happened to the decent country I grew up in. When did it become okay to trash talk…

COVID-19 and the Fear of Death

I want to distill for you what is happening in our world, right now, at this moment, for the last year and a half. The Cosmic Consciousness, God, the Universe – however you want to describe the spirit that is found IN EVERY LAST ONE OF US – wants us to come to terms with…

All Gone!

Yesterday was another busy day at Happy Shepherd Farm. We wake up early, get up, drink coffee and decide what the day will look like. Fortunately or unfortunately, over the last month, the days are out of our control. I was getting dressed and Alden was sitting in his chair when someone knocked at the…

Spring Plans

The Shepherd earned points today. He drove me all the way to Caribou to pick up my new to me Bernette for Bernina 009dcc Coverlock/Coverstitch machine. I used to have a serger. I didn’t particularly care for it although it did make knit t-shirts a breeze. I think this is better than a serger. It…

Exodus Chapter 1

It’s been four years ……….. four years since the girls who are leaving us today, first arrived at Happy Shepherd Farm. It was called Poor Shepherd Farm back then. There was a lot of work, a dang lot of work, but there wasn’t a whole lot of green stuff, except for grass and weeds. Curious…

April 1

This mess has been straightened out. I am within 5% of finishing my jacket. Only the grunt work is left to do and I’m not sure when I will get around to it. The important part of doing this jacket has been completed. I wanted to see if I could do it. I can. Done….

The Farm

I’ve been living here, on the farm, since July of 2018. It has evolved in amazing ways since the day I first arrived.  I met my husband in July. We seemed to have a lot in common. He lived about 2 hours north of me. I was in Bangor, a sort of nondescript little shopping…

Old Photos and Memories

My mother was great for saving things. She had old quilt blocks from my Great Grandmother Mary Eleanor and her two daughters stored in the attic since 1958. I got them in 1987. And did I use them! At first, I was so worried they would disintegrate in water, I could barely stand to wash…

Is is the time change?

I don’t know what’s going on, but I do think time is telescoping or something. I get up every morning at 6 something. I have my coffee, read The Writer’s Journal by Thoreau and, before you know it, it’s 10 am and I haven’t done a thing. How can anyone sit for 4 hours with…

March 18 Two Days Until Spring!

Oh the days are getting soft! What a beautiful start to spring here in the woods of Southern Aroostook County we are having! Lest we get too excited, I have to remind The Shepherd of our last two end of winters. Everything was beautiful and green. In 2019 we set out my seedlings so they…

Creating …………….

I wish I could remember how long ago I bought this fabric. It’s been at least 3 years – I think. Finally, I’m using it. I would show you what I’m using it on, except I can’t get my picture to upload. I’ll work on it. This new iPhone is almost beyond me. I traded…

New Moon – Open to New Ideas

New beginnings, new moon, spring in 6 days – life is good. This is the time to start that project you’ve been thinking about over the last two weeks – since the Full Moon. This is a time when the Universe will support you. Actually, the Universe will support you, whatever you decide to do…

My Love Affair with Henry David Thoreau

Reading has always been the foremost pleasure in my life. I do tend to read junk for relaxation, but only mystery junk. I like the Golden Age mysteries from the 1920s and 30s. I detest the blood and gore and guts in modern fiction, as I do in modern movies. There is so much I…

Time is Money

I go from absolutely no inspiration, complete despondency, total disinterest in life and living to the energizing, inspiring, thrilling and adventurous moods of a creator. I can’t live in anyone else’s head, but there are times when I would love to get out of mine. This isn’t one of those times. I am inspired by…

The Man of My Dreams

This man, this lovely, happy man, is my father. The man of my dreams, except that he certainly wasn’t a dream, but real. I can hardly describe my father, today, 20 years and some odd months after his death.  I only know that each day that comes, I think of something my dad would say…

Soul Despair

For once in my life, I am not reacting to what I am seeing on the news or the internet. I can’t. I just cannot get my head around this much hate in the world. It is making me physically ill. When I learned Thursday that Rush Limbaugh died, I was saddened. He was someone…

The Lamb that Saved the Farm

This little girl (I think, more about that later) saved the farm yesterday. She made her appearance between 8:30 am and 12:00 and she floored The Shepherd with her markings. We’ve never had a lamb like this before, although last week Mandy did give us one gray/black baby ewe with black legs.  You can see…

Mercury Retrograde and I Can Tell

There’s all sorts of neat Mercury Retrograde things happening these days. Like we have this tractor. This tractor is OLD. It’s OLD as in it was made in 1955 or so. It’s a John Deere M 50 and it has needed a bit of work. Right now? It won’t start. It has been in the…

The Definition of Cute

These are the first two lambs born this season and the second two who were just born about a half an hour before this video was taken. I just can’t get over how they run around and are so alert within hours of birth! Raising these lambs is a heart ache, for both of us….

Art, Stars, Sheep, and CHEESE?

The art and the star part of this journal is getting short shrift. I promise to make it up in the near future. You might want to just relax until the 11th. There are some annoying aspects flying around up there now and after the 11th we should have a much easier time of it!…

Lambs Lambs Lambs

I figured out when we were supposed to start lambing this season. It’s not scientific, I just note the date our ram (Randy) won’t leave the girls alone. He had a bit of a rough time this year because we had several of his sons that were old enough to compete for the ewe’s attention….

We’re Having Baby Lambs

It’s started! I was a few days off in my 145 day calculation regarding the arrival of babies. I don’t do it scientifically. I just notice when Randy won’t leave the girls ALONE and I figure 145 days from that. He is a randy old ram! We raise our sheep on the “pretend they’re on…

Rise Up

I don’t have to tell you that this year has been ODD. Not just odd, but mind-blowing ODD. For me, it was doubly strange because I had a total knee replacement on the 17th of March. Now THAT was not only ODD, it was scary. I have had surgery a couple of times before this,…

A Day to Do Nothing

Nothing. Absolutely nothing. That is my plan for the day. Well, except laundry. I have two mountains of clothes to fold in the laundry room, which is ridiculous because there are only two of us. I have done laundry for a week but not folded it. If The Shepherd paid attention, he would be appalled….

Finding Truth

After the aggravation of the last few years (4 years), I have decided it is time for me to get back into my life and out of the world-confusion. My spiritual path has cliffs on it – I occasionally fall off. I’m climbing back on my path, just like my Capricorn symbol, the mountain goat….

OFF FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND MESSENGER!

I’m done. I’ve swallowed all the anger I’m going to swallow. I thought when this started, the day after the election in 2016, that they would eventually stop. They did not. They got worse. Now we have ABC News telling people Trump supporters need to be “cleansed.” I knew this would happen. I waited for…

The Day After

We all know what happened yesterday. Or we think we do. Personally, I have no clue who entered the capitol. Supposedly they were Trump supporters, but I’m not convinced. Most Trump supporters don’t dress in drag or wear weird paint on their bodies. Trump supporters are normal people. I do know someone was murdered. If…

Keep the World Out – It’s Not Real

It’s true. What you see as “The World” is just a projected set of incidents coming from the minds of the collective. Not the TRUE Cosmic Consciousness, but the little, small, petty, angry, hateful and disgusting minds of the humans alive in the world today. Don’t participate. That’s all. you can do. Don’t get caught…

Win the Lottery

Okay! Here it is folks! If you live in Maine, Massachusetts or New Hampshire you can win $410 Million as in DOLLARS! And if you live anywhere, you can win $410 Million in the powerball. Maybe you could win both. Years ago I played the lottery. I started buying tickets because every client I read…

When I Was Called Rachael

In 1987, I graduated from university. Finally, 18 years after I started. I thought that having a degree would help me get a job that was more of a career. You know, less direction and more directing? Well, that was a laugh. I got nothing after college, except disillusioned. I had intended on going to…

69 Years

Sixty-nine years ago, I made my first appearance in this incarnation. Whoa, what was I thinking, agreeing to this? It’s true, you know. We choose our life path, our lessons, our family. We aren’t thrown out into the world without first giving our opinion. I must have been feeling really guilty. I got a lot…

Stars and Sheep

It’s weird being a farmer’s wife AND a psychic. Especially since the farmer is a skeptic. He used to be more skeptical. I’ve shocked him a few times. I love when that happens. But if you are going to look at the stars, you may as well live somewhere where you can see them! Life…