To borrow from Game of Thrones author, George R.R. Martin, "Winter is coming."
In my observance of the land around me, we are about 3 - 4 weeks ahead of what this area of the country consideres 'normal'. The leaves are beginning to turn. For the second time since moving to this land back in 1992, we have absolutely *no* apples on the ancient apple tree here in the upper five acres. Our peach tree produced a total of six peaches in total because of late frost that pretty much killed all of the blossoms on the tree.
For all that we do to tend to the land and its spirits, I have noticed far fewer honey bees. We are also seeing an absolute proliferation of a type of ground ivy - not poison ivy hat has all but wiped out a stand of tiger lillies and is threatening to overtake the comfrey beds that are growing around our well cap. Even the concrete Buddha that I have in the pine grove is being overrun every time I turn around. When weather permits, I am going to have to separate out the roots of both the lilies and the comfrey and move them to a better spot, then spray where they were. It isn't what I want to do, but it is getting to the point where we no longer have a choice in the matter. I hate using chemicals of any kind, but it has gone beyond natural solutions.
Climate change is real. Anyone who spends any time in the garden, out in the woods or in nature at all can tell you it's true. And yet there is no sign of it abating. I have been talking to a friend who is a member of the Iowa Tribe and we have been discussing preserving the natural areas around us. As climate changes, extremes in weather escalate and there become fewer and fewer places that support the people living on the land, we must be prepared. I won't even discuss the political and economic unrest that is going on in the world. All of that is just too obvious. For my part, as my sworn duty as a priestess etc. I have to do my part in the Work. Make no mistake, it is very easy to sit back in fear and do nothing, or try to choose to lie how, but none of that will help get things done any faster nor will it save us from the confrontations and difficulties that are sure to come. It's a delicate balance of knowing where we can assist and where our efforts and time are better served.
I have not finished the book yet. No surprise there, I am sure. The biggest issue holding me back is fear. I just need to get it out and let it go and what it does it does....or doesn't. The second biggest issue is I wrote the whole thing on Scrivener for Windows, and I want to get the kinks out of the formatting done just right. (Note: Mac users, please do not talk to me about the 'superiorit'y of Apple products. I was forced to use the bitches in school for film editing. My loathing was well earned after Apple destroyed Final Cut Pro (FCP) as the industry standard. Never. Again.
But I digress....
Before it gets below 50 degrees F we need to finish staining and sealing our deck and what we can of our log home. We really don't want to hire it out because no one pays attention to detail as satisfactorily as we do. Add to that getting the shelves in the garage and barn built, and the client work that I do each week. I need to start putting out more of my skills like film and sound editing, SEO, and all of the other bells and whistles that businesses certainly want but love to low ball to get it cheap rather than get it done right by paying a fair price.
For those whom I owe reps to, manage communities, etc. I promise I will get to it all, but right now, my plate is uber full and we just got this little picnic started!