Friday, August 3, 2012

1000

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I've been avoiding the blog because this is the 1000th post. It was looming and I wanted to make it about something killer, or you know, some shocking, earth-shattering Saipua news. But I don't really have any, and I can't keep waiting for it.

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Right now I'm sitting in my new office at the farm. It's the tinier of the two bedrooms upstairs, and it looks out onto our big field. I think it's the best view in the house and so I parked my desk here. Next to me are the remnents of a dunkin donuts run I made at 3:30. We have coffee here, but I have not been off the farm in a while, and driving the 10 miles feels liberating and exciting. I looked forward to it all day.

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Sanford, our tractor man who hays the 100 acres across the way has been spreading manure on his freshly cut fields for the last few days and the smell wafts in the window next to me. I don't mind it. Nea, on our nightly walks does an intricate dance on her back in this newly fertilized field. The first time it happened I stood on the side of the road screaming at her to get out of there, as she rolled in and started actually eating shit. I must have sounded like a banshee. Do you ever kick your dog? Now when she does it I don't care, in fact I took her picture. Dog's going to be a dog. Some things I learn very fast here.

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We've been working a lot outside. Eric has a scythe to cut grass we've let go for too long. It's laborious but he likes impossibly daunting projects like this. There's a metaphor regarding our relationship in there somewhere.

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I've been busy outside too; at the beginning and end of the day when it's cool enough I've been working on all the gardens. Around 8:30 when it gets too dark and buggy I come inside, take a shower put on clean clothes and pour a glass of wine. I sit here.

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If Eric is still not in yet I put on old sarah mclaughlin songs and reminisce about being 16 and first really discovering the vastness of nature.

Sounds corny? F-off! What if I also told you I'm getting into soft country??? and demi lovato???

We've been a long way together, haven't we?

40 comments:

D said...

I'm waiting for the commemorative soap, G. Sweet grass, perhaps? Eric can use his scythe (very Freudian). I'd pay double for that.

lupinbunny said...

When we go visit my mother in law, on acreage, with horses, first thing there the smaller of our dogs hurls herself enthusiastically in the horseshit, and squiggles around a little bit like she's fitting, then hops up and eats great gulping mouthfuls of the stuff.

Thankfully my mother in law has cleverly installed an outdoor dog shower.

Bare Mtn Farm said...

Does the scythe work well. My husband wants one to remove grass around the flowers that the mower can't touch. Worth the investment? Enjoy your blog, great cloud shot!

Unknown said...

Great 1000th post!

Bow Street Flowers said...

This is the post I've been waiting for. It's the perfect 1000th post.

Miz.November said...

This was a great 1000th post. The office is beautiful. That color is just amazing.
I'm out on the country music, but I'll totally listen to some Demi L.

Elizabeth said...

I have to save that cloud picture. Your farm looks heavenly. As for country, my Texan husband introduced me to Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle and I'm forever grateful.

Elizabeth said...

Here's Townes Van Zandt:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQ8Gtlu-PXI

and Steve Earle:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMknbUBLu5E

Anonymous said...

What is that red color? Its so beautiful!

sarahbeth said...

glad for you. for your post. for your hard work. for your humor. for your journey.

Heather said...

A writing mentor of mine always said that one of the best purposes of writing was to tell what it was like to be living right here, right now. Seems right that you're 1000th post did such a fine job of just that.

Volare said...

So lovely. Congratulations on how far you've come! Those little snippets look like real-life paradise.

kat said...

congrats on #1000! damn girl you pick the best paint.

Sally May Mills said...

Congratulations, that is a lot of words and pictures to share. Thank you for making the effort. You seem as happy as a dog in shi*t. There is nothing quite like embracing the simple life.

count buckula said...

hahaha nea

amygoround said...

Congratulations! I just completed my 19th blog post on my flower website. You made me wonder where I might be for my 1000th. I'm not sure, but after reading yours, I at least know I want to make it there. Thanks again for always sharing.

amygoround said...

Congratulations! I just completed my 19th blog post on my flower website. You've got me wondering where I'll be for my 1000th. I'm not quite sure, but after reading yours, I know I want to make it there. Thank you for always sharing!

amygoround said...

Sorry! Wrote the first one, thought it vanished, wrote the second one... you know how it goes...

Anonymous said...

Your office is gorgeous! I am anxious to see how the rest of the house is coming along. May I request a post of the house? With more pictures of Nea?

Alice and Stuart said...

is that the same red y'all painted gillies? when eric's done we desperately need him down here with his scythe....
more pictures of the farm!! :)
s

Anonymous said...

Best post EVER! I've been following your blog, quietly for about 2 years now. Just awesome. I envy your lifestyle.

fleur_delicious said...

oh, lord the farmhouse is coming along beautifully - that red, those floors, those gorgeous windows.

my hubs introduced me to sarah m. I'll always have a soft spot for her - reminds me of when we first got to know each other back in the 90s.

and seriously, what is it with animals and the stinky stuff? weirdos.

Primal Flower said...

Sarah, your words inspire me everyday. I love your realness and sense of humor. Wonderful post.

Laurie (Fleurie) said...

Congrats on the milestone. Really, if you think of it everyday is a milestone. Thanks for sharing your wonder of discovery and your humor.

Nidhi said...

The farm is looking beautiful Sarah. I love the red and that last photo is making me wish for that moment. So perfect. Happy 1000th!

Camille said...

Every time I do a wedding over the mountain in wine country I wait for the moment at the crest when my regular radio station goes out...then I flip it to 105.9 Krazy Kountry! Yee ha. It gets me in the zone for the wedding setup, out amongst the cows, the dry heat, and the conservative politics. I think you're allowed to have different soundtracks for your life depending on where you're at. My husband's dishwashing-soundtrack is old-school hiphop full of obscenities, and I'm always like WHO ARE YOU.

Anonymous said...

the music thing is what happens when you get older...I use to be in to punk music/alternative but now I like folk/fiddle type music...yeah?

beth said...

Nice post! Great farm and good number that 1000!

Grace said...

Congratulations! I love the agriculture + nature + pop music riffs. Thanks for sharing your lovely photographs and perspective.

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Country Flora said...

Amazing picture!I wish i would have them on my portal

Tina said...

Great spot for wedding photo ops.

sweet harvest moon said...

Looks beautiful!

Elizabeth Gilmore said...

Congrats on 1,000 posts!

Your new office on the farm is amazing! I love the color. I can just imagine sitting there looking out over the fields with a cup of coffee.

sarah said...

This seems like the perfect moment to say hi. I'm an urban flower farmer in Toronto and have been reading your blog and loving your flowers for some time. I'm so happy for you to be growing flowers yourself now. it's the best. you will love them like no others.
Thank you, Sarah!

Megan said...

Love it! Now I want to move to the country for a few months! There's nothing more peaceful than a glass of wine and the sounds of the fields...

stella josphine said...

Very nice farm photos!thanks for sharing the blog.Keep on update your blog.

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Anthon Sal said...

The place is so very perfect venue for wedding, My fiance and I don't have any idea yet where to spent venues and spent our honeymoon and thanks to this post, I'm gonna tell her for wedding planning .

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