My name is Anne. I am a recently single Mom, in the process of downsizing my life. I am living on a farm, but have parted with the last of my farm critters in the last year or so. My two oldest kids are all growed up, one living in the Big Apple, one working but still living at home. The other four are teenagers, all getting ready to graduate high school in the next year or two.
I was a full-time Mom while my kids were younger, but went back to work part time as an Occupational Therapist a few years ago. But now my life is pouring through a funnel. Bigger house to smaller. Farm animals to just dogs and cats. Six kids at home to edging towards empty nest.
And so now I'm starting to get back to doing what I love, which is to create. Sometimes that means I'm sewing up some pillows, sometimes it's me painting a sign on some barn wood from my barn that I've cleaned up and cut, and sanded down to what it is I'm looking for. Or I'm turning a piece that I've found at a thrift shop or yard sale over in my hands and in my mind, trying to figure out exactly what it's supposed to be. Which is kind of like parenting, now that I think of it. Trying to find the beauty and the voice and the spirit of the materials before me.
So now for some fun bullet points...
Getting stuck creatively.
Driving at night in the rain.
Cleaning up poop. From kids, dogs, cats, farm critters. Way too high a portion of my life has gone to cleaning up poop.
Dogs, cats, horses, goats, sheep, guinea pigs, chickens, bunnies. All of which I've had, but currently only dogs and cats. Sad face.
Writing (magazine articles, a book I'm working on, blogging).
That rustic farmhouse thing.
Rain. Snow. Sunny days. Fall. The beach. The mountains. Farmstands.
My friends. My family. Laughing.
Coffee. Wine. Waffles.
One of my biggest loves? Hearing that people like what I've created. Getting positive feedback on something I've written or painted or just put together in my own style, it just doesn't get much better than that. Unless maybe there's a paycheck involved.
So I hope that I can pique your interest. I would love for you to return, or maybe add me to your blog list, or subscribe. Because this blog will be a journey. It will be an awakening. And it would be great to have you here cheering me on as I figure it all out.