View from the porch, my first week
Good morning everyone!! Hope you are having a wonderful day.
Its been one week of me being on the farm now. One of the things I learned is that Sandy and I have the same birthday. I was so happy to find this out because most of my closest people in my life have had my birthday. Sundays are for rest, relaxation, and spiritual growth. Most days go by so fast because of how busy it is here. There is always something to do.
To you guys that don’t know me, I am a Christian that believes that God has a plan for me in each step I make. I don’t believe in coincidences I think everything happens for a reason. I think God has placed me here to learn from Sandy and Alisa. So far, I can tell you that I know that both of them live a Christian life. Being selfless and letting someone come stay with them is an amazing way of showing me that God will provide for me even in my darkest times. The devil will not win.
I also crochet a lot. I have been behind on my work because of trying to get into the swing of things and need to learn how to balance things out. I love crocheting and would do it all the time if allowed. Learning how to balance my days is a good thing for me.
I am also a mother of two. My son is almost 17 and lives with my sister for right now. He is going to be getting his drivers license real soon. He has grown up so fast and is adjusting very well. My daughter is 12 and she has been living with her father, so she hasn’t had to deal with the change at all. Other than on the weekends she comes and so far, she loves it here too.
The farm has been so wonderful to me. It is a place of peace and calmness, a place to heal, not only with my injured arm but mind as well. Alisa makes the most wonderful meals ever and I hope to help her in the kitchen one day. Just not knowing how to cook it will take a lot for me to learn. The spices all around and the oils to learn how they work is also something that will take me some time. The one thing that is great to me too is the green house. This time of year, it is empty and it will take some time to get it ready then in the spring it will come alive. I think it is something I am going to love.
The chickens still make me laugh all the time. A rooster crows then the others try to beat him in being louder and there is one that will use his whole body and see him stretch his legs and whole body. It’s like I can be just as big as the others and I can do better. He shakes his feathers afterward and looks like he has done it. Then another will crow, and it goes in a circle of them trying to beat each other. It’s a great sound to me. I love watching and hearing them all around.
This week I will be at my mom’s house most of the time. So, I will be back here soon. Till next time.
View from the porch by Tracy
Hi everybody, hope you are having a wonderful day today!
So, on Facebook you see these posts saying “live here rent free for a year but no smartphone. No internet. Can you do it?” I was one saying yes l can. Well, being here I have learned one thing. NO, I CAN’T! Learning how to not have my phone is not easy. I have my phone, but you must do a dance, sing a song, lift one foot up, hold your tongue right and maybe find service. Not everyone has this problem. Its my service. I love my service but might have to investigate somewhere else. You don’t know how much you miss something till its gone. I am so using to playing games at bedtime. Now I just go to sleep.
The only time I am really missing it is with my crocheting. I look up new things to do and my patterns are not as easy to get to. Good thing most are in my head and I can do without a pattern now. So, if you think you could do it. I say go a day without it. It is a lot harder than it sounds.
The good part is my two cats, Snickers and Patches, are getting use to the place. First, they were running away from everything and freaking out. Now they are starting to play a little. They like it here too. Sandy isn’t a cat person (loves all animals but just not his number one), but Patches has been able to get some love from him too.
So, I said I want to learn more each day. So today is Lavender. It’s my favorite color. All purples are really. Just I noticed that it is in the cream and oil I use for my shoulder (Big Guns and Moontime back and belly). I love my cream and oil because I can move my arm most of the day without pain, also it smells wonderful.
So yesterday someone said they needed lavender to cook with. What? Really? No way I heard that right. Yes!! Very little goes a long way, but it is used in some recipes. I was shocked to learn this. Like I said I make things from a box kit. I can bake some and I can cook very little. Nothing like what Alisa does here. Let me tell you, if you live close by and have not ordered from here you are so missing out on things.
Back to Lavender. Did you know it can be used on bug bites and stings too? I never knew this. Burn yourself, use lavender. This summer maybe after I get sunburned, I will see how good it will be. Its and antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It can even be used to keep bugs away. Helps you relax and calm down. How can something do so much but only time I ever hear of it is with relaxing. It has been used all the way back to Roman times. So, if you were alive back then and went to the medicine man you were probably going to get something with lavender in it.
It amazes me how much I must learn here. It will be an adventure.
View from the porch. My first days
Let me first introduce myself. I am Tracy Saunders. The most I know about herbs and spices is what box kit I can get from the store to mix with hamburger. As with the oils, well let’s just say I like the smell of them. I never knew that they had anything but a good smell in a candle. I found myself in a very hard situation. I was going to be homeless. I had nowhere to go and didn’t know what to do. My sister, Angela, told me she spoke with someone that I can stay with and help on the farm.
A farm, right. I am thinking I’m going to be milking cows and getting up with the chickens having to do labor. The reason I was going to be homeless was from a work injury to where I can no longer use my left arm as well as I once could. So, my sister goes on to tell me it will be fine. I can help in other areas.
This was all a shock to the system for me. My first visit to Willows Bend Farm was very intimidating. I knew nothing of what they had or what was here. I came inside and the smells were so amazing to me. Alisa was cooking and I got my first impression of her. She is so welcoming, calming, and beautiful. She sees I am nervous and gives me a hug. It was like all my fears were for nothing.
This farm is not what you think it is by the way. There are peacocks and chickens running around. Yes there are pigs and a beautiful huge turkey. What I see that makes this farm different is the feeling you get. There is a restaurant here that the food is organic and amazing. There is every kind of herb and spice you can think of. The oils, creams, and rubs for healing. So here I am not knowing anything about anything here. I know how to get the eggs from the chickens. I know how to do the dishes. I can do little things here and there, but I want to learn. With that I wanted to share with you what I do learn here. So many people don’t know anything about any of this and it will be our journey together.
So far, I have been here almost a week. I have found that chickens are very picky about where they lay their eggs and they do like to fuss at you. I had a good conversation with a chicken yesterday. I kept trying to ignore her. She didn’t let that happen. Her coop someone wasn’t to her liking and it needed to have some attention and I thought I was going crazy talking back to her. I made my way to the coop fixed what needed to be fixed and she left me alone. I looked around like if someone just saw me talking to a chicken, they would think I lost my mind. Then I told my cat about it and we laughed. So yes I like to talk to animals as if they can understand me and I pretend to understand them.
I have also learned what Big Guns cream is used for. My injury I told you about, my left shoulder, I can not use it a lot of the day and have been in pain for months. Well they gave me this cream and I thought why not. I was shocked. I can move my arm more and do more. That does not mean I don’t have pain sometimes. I have been using it more that at first to make sure it can help and it shocks me each time. I have been able to do more each day and it smells wonderful too.
So my next step to this journey is to learn what the oils are for and then I can share them with you. Hope you stay with me on this journey and we can share some laughs along the way. If at all you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I won’t have a clue the answers but I know of this amazing woman who does.
Alisa, Sandy, Tracy, Amber
Visit us: 20413 Carson Rd
Dinwiddie, Virginia, 23841
Call us: 804-892-7588
Email us: Willowsbendfarm@gmail.com