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.