Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Shiny & New

One admittedly very nice thing about being back in an office as opposed to the farmhand days of the past few years is the ability desire to actually feel a little bit polished.  When I was last working here in the family biz, it felt like most of my days were spent sneaking furtive glances out the window to the world I longed to be a part of.

A few years in the sun's unforgiving glare, the wear on my body and my heart, the sneaking arthritis in my right hand... those and other reasons have shown me that, beyond a certain scale, farming may not be for me.  This new chapter that Christian and I are undertaking... 30 acres, a blank slate, a haven for dogs and all the other animals we love to care for [and consume], that's a space I can see myself inhabiting for the rest of my days.

And that means I get to actually wear "real" clothes [in other words, not my $2 second-hand jeans and the sweatshirt I found in a dumpster on campus back in the day] unless I'm out doing chores or working on a project.  My high heels to muck boots ratio will finally be in balance.

Enchant, stay beautiful and graceful, but do this, eat well. 
Bring the same consideration to the preparation of your food
 as you devote to your appearance.
 Let your dinner be a poem, like your dress.
                                                                               — Charles Pierre Monselet