Friday, January 1, 2010

Rural Revival Turns One!

It's a new year and the perfect time to reflect on my first year of blogging. After deciding to blog and then after much procrastination, I set myself a deadline. I wanted to begin with my first post on New Year's Day, and I did with about a minute and half to spare before the clock struck midnight.

365 days later, there is a lot to reflect upon. In my first post, I talked about falling in love with the old farmhouse and the long, long list of tasks ahead of us. There are times when I feel like we haven't accomplished very much, there is still so much more to do, but then I think about all we have accomplished in the last year and I realize while we have far to travel, the road behind us no longer reveals our starting point.

We started our first garden, in what turned out to be the wettest season on record, and although our success was moderate, we had a wonderful pumpkin patch that was the epitome of sincere.

We installed a new fireplace in the kitchen; one that I can cozy up to in the wee small hours of the morning.

We renovated the male twin's bedroom, turning it from what was little more than a closet to the coolest kid's room for miles.

We decided on a long weekend to paint our living room (we thought it would be a three day job) and in the process replaced all of the trim and made it much more 'winter wind' resistant. It also took almost three weeks.

We had eleven very, very large trees, that were swallowing up the old farmhouse, removed and had a new septic system installed (with a lot of electrical and plumbing upgrades) far, far away from the pond and the wildlife that live in said pond are all breathing a huge sigh of relief.

There are also the little things like skating on our pond in the winter while watching the frogs and turtles in the pond in the summer months; we enjoyed the stillness of a quiet summer's day; we had bonfires, roasted marshmallows and made smores; we star gazed; we cross country skied around the pond; we cried over not being able to grow a single watermelon, we were amazed at the size a zucchini will grow; we saved some rabbits while others we could not; we listened to the coyotes howling and yipping; we brought home a puppy; we said good-bye to a sweet old cat and buried her under the sumac; we listened to the quiet of the country; we had an outdoor country wedding, the country girl in me started to reveal itself and the twins were introduced to a new way of life; all because we live in the country.

So rather than dwell on what we didn't accomplish, I will revel in the fact I have just spent a wonderful year of living in the country and if that isn't enough, I have people who actually read my blog and also leave comments and I have developed friendships with some amazingly kind and wonderful people. That last thing...well, it's been a surprise and a joy and I hope it continues for a long time to come!

I'd like to share with you the most precious and beautiful thing I received this Christmas. Artwork from the male twin. Art hasn't always been his thing, he's not one who's into crafting much but the odd thing can get his attention, like knitting needles and a paint brush. Unfortunately my camera and camera skills can't capture the glitter on the valley or the depth of the image, but let's just say...

 I am so in love with this.

I even made a trip to the store and bought a perfect frame for it. I've been gazing at it, admiring the detail and it got me to thinking, in my heart it portrays this blog and me. A blank white canvas, with nothing much to say at first, but then the sun sets and begins to speak with the most beautiful colours and gives depth to the valley below, while the snowflakes swirl and fill the landscape, dancing their hellos to everyone around and covering the trees with their majestic beauty. Thanks for being the beautiful snowflakes of Rural Revival.

There will be celebrating all weekend long as Rural Revival turns one. Stay tuned for a few more surprises!

Be well friends!


Flat Creek Farm said...

Happy Blogiversary! (sp?!) As we have discussed before, we share 1-1-09 as THE day we entered the blog world. An absolutely beautiful post, and picture! I see perhaps another budding artist in the family? On to another year of blogging, my friend! -Tammy

Jenny said...

Happy Blog-versary! That's so cool that it's been a year! I have a lot of framed artwork from my kids and grandkids around the house! They love it...and so do I! Happy New Year! Loving your snowfall here!

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

*****Happy Anniversary Rural Revival*****

So glad you decided to start a blog,
So happy I found it!
So blessed to call you call you my friend!

xoxo, misha

City Hen said...

Yay! I am so happy that I found you in blogland...What a special heart you have and sucha warm place to sit and visit for awhile.
Love to you,

Hilary said...

I just got an email from your Mom, who visited my blog via yours.....and so here I am.
Wow!! What a great post. And I totally know where you I bought my 1790 house that is my weaving studio, and it was a year in renovations, and we are still doing things there.
I love what you have 'accomplished' in the country....I lived in the country for many, many years, raised my children there. You can't explain how wonderful it is, but you will see it, you already do.
I LOVE the artwork, it is really, really awesome.
I am sure you will make more friends and you will continue blogging....I am going to follow right now!! And come back, and read more!

Jackie said...

Happy Anniversary! I love reading about your life in the are inspiring. I'm so happy to have found your blog.

What a great piece of art!!