If I die in Raleigh, at least I will die free.


Arrived at my new farm.

Philip drove me from Seattle (Thanks Phil!!) into the relative emptiness of Raymond, WA. I had a small bout of anxiety, but it soon subsided as Sandy, a kind and spirited older lady, quickly showed me my spacious comfortable room and said good-night.

I got ready for bed and walked around a little in the darkened house. The cozy rancher has a big airy living room with brush painted yellow walls, comfy mis-matched chairs, and a well-loved oriental rug. Theres a fire place along the south wall, book shelves with aged books along one adjacent wall, and a guitar, ukelele, guit-jo, fiddle, and piano along another.

This morning I woke up at 6:30 with light pouring into the windows and loads of squawking chickens. I stayed in bed for a half hour more just breathing in the air. It smells like pine and old books.

I’ve gotten to know Larry and Sandy a little. Sandy is an old-time musician and used to have a live music and variety show on NPR called ‘Sandy’s Potluck.’ Larry was a carpenter and oyster farmer and grew up fishing and hunting in Washington. They’ve retired here and now own a very extensive property (its gotta be something like 50 acres at least).

Animals stats:
2 donkeys
5 goats (2 cuuuute kids!)
2 pigs
15+ sheep
30+ chickens
2+ guinea hens
4 cats
4 geese
8+ ducks
1 biiig beautiful french shepherd dog

Todays chores included bottle feeding the cute tiny baby goats, brushing the donkeys, and weeding a little. After weeding Larry, Sandy, and I shared a deliiicious lunch- cucumber salad with an egg frittata baked in a cast iron skillet with lots of goat cheddar cheese, turnips, snap peas, and ground sheep (at least I think it was sheep). There was a pitcher of lemonade made with rhubarb juice and elderflower (MMM) and to finish the meal off: home-made chocolate pudding. I could just die.

Other fun adventures:
-Tandem bike ride with Larry (he hasn’t driven a car in 30 years!!)
-A neighbor visited with his grandkids- 3 robust and beautiful (and quarter asian!!) boys who speak perfect chinese and english and some german, malaysian, and swedish. WTF.
-A hike through the property forested with beautiful alders, cedar, spruce, huckleberries, salmonberries, and blackberries!
-Finding lots of chicken eggs, and two nests of duck eggs!

I have no cell phone service and the nearest town is ages away… but I think I’ll be just fine here. Just fine :)

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