Reflections on 2018
It’s never too late (this is what I’m telling myself as I realize that the New Year is already a week in) to look back on the past year
and reflect on how things went. I won’t get too philosophical on you, but the one word that kept circling my brain to sum up 2018 is “weather.”
We started the year off with a mild, but long winter, then had a wet spring and an even wetter summer. The fall was hot right up through October and then we had instant winter starting in November. We ended the year with a VERY mild December – some days getting as warm as the 50s. The constant up and down of temperatures produced many head colds and sinus issues in our household but other than that, 2018 was a healthy year for our family and farm and we hope this continues in 2019 (though as I write this I have a head cold). I survived, and have really come to enjoy another job transition, one that I hope to stay with for many years which is a lovely feeling!
The wet weather wreaked havoc on the gardens with rotting tomatoes and squash but an overabundance of cucumbers and beans. Flowers did well, and surprisingly, herbs tripled in size even though they normally don’t like their roots to be wet. Not once did we have to haul water to the chickens as the stream kept up a constant flow.
Our shed project in the back of the farmhouse had some issues with rain as it is hard to pour concrete, let alone give it time to dry, with so many holes filled with rain. It was completed before winter though, just taking far longer than we had hoped. Under the drive of raindrops, we filled the shed with the requisite pellets and wood and finished putting on the doors from the inside.
Several of our family members have summer birthdays and two of them will always make us laugh as we tried to cook hotdogs at the state park in the rain. The nice part about those two times were that we had the beach to ourselves! We covered ourselves with beach blankets and sat under the pine trees laughing as we ate, tried to read, and laughed about our ridiculous stubbornness that kept us there.
Several fun family trips kept us busy and looking forward to things. The summer is always marked by our trip to Maryland for the annual Decoy Festival. A few weeks later I attended my first ever Comic Con (my sister has been to many) and was completely blown away by the ingenuity of some of those handmade costumes! Our biggest was our trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. I hadn’t been there since I was little and didn’t remember much and my husband and my mother-in-law had never been. The new museum (finished a few years ago) was amazing and although we spent almost nine hours there, we barely scratched the surface of all there is to see and do there.
The fall brought on more farm projects but also had us reconnecting with family we rarely get to see. Fall birthdays were celebrated with wonderful hikes and apple picking. Swedish recipes were brought out and new jobs (for one family member) meant the family trying out new local beers. Our hunting season was as good as we could make it. The wet weather combined with the instant “winter” in November meant that birds flew South sooner than expected. We managed to get some geese hunting in and did well but duck hunting was made difficult with the higher water marks and lack of birds.
Life has some funny ways of being crazy but making you realize how wonderful it is. With family with you every step of the way, life in 2018 was a good laugh, full of love, and had the making of many cherished memories. Looking back on photos of 2018 there were almost too many to pick from as my favorites. Here’s to 2019. May we all be blessed with health, good times, family ties, and positive mindsets.
Until next time,
Vermont Farm Heart