the prodigal son returns to the Barnyard. It has been a long, long, looong time and much has transpired. So much that this post will probably not cover it all. I’d like to say however I missed this exercise, it is easy to lose sight of the little things in a sea of everything big and significant. Frederic is a beautiful, well kept and seasonal town. We have shut down Lonesome Lil’s for the winter to return again in the spring. We have a lot of work to accomplish in this time, we want the farms to sustain themselves, meaning putting something on them that makes money. In Wisconsin, it means getting the help of key family member(s) to help us with some “small” farming. It came to my attention through some observation and some people (mostly my wife, but others as well) flat out telling me, that the large farming ways of Northern Wisconsin are a thing of the future. What we have is a population in the midst of a huge change, trying to decide what the hell to do next. I can relate and sympathize. I think once they realize that one of their own has gone out into the world and seen some things, and most importantly seen from afar the beauty and simplicity of the life in Wisconsin, AND RETURNED, that they will listen to the message. And see the results of letting go a little. Someone told me to give the people back there some slack, think I just did without realizing it. I do love the land we own.
In Washington, it also means putting this land to work. We’ve spend a lot of time preparing the canvas, once we finished it became blurry as to what we were going to do, at least to me. This time away has given me a hell of a perspective on things. I’m going to keep this piece of dirt and do some good things on it. Fleshed out plans will follow.
I have a lot of work to do supporting Lonesome Lil’s and the two farms in the way I can do it best and I’m looking forward to the next set of challenges. If there anything like the last cycle of change, I’m in for another ride.
One of the truly beautiful things I saw back there was the lightening. There was always thunder and lightening. Much to the time though it would never strike the earth, it would jump from cloud to cloud. No noise, no rain, just an amazing light show.
that’s it for now.