So…even with the best intentions, both Red Kerchief and myself left the blog on the back burner over the last couple months. The best laid plans…
ANYWAYS I was able to be on the farm for Christmas, a privilege many performers don’t get around this time of year. As much as I loved being with my family and friends during the holiday season, this was a particularly difficult time.
My truly fabulous and creative father adapted our backup generator to run on veggie oil so that we aren’t dependent on diesel. The generator is used more frequently in the winter than the summer purely because we don’t get as much sun and the batteries are not given the opportunity to charge fully. Long story short, this change created many issues that resulted in our power going out multiple times. We are still in the process of resolving all the problems, but, to put it bluntly, it has been beyond stressful for everyone involved. It was truly a reminder of how difficult this lifestyle can be and the constant struggles that my parents come up against. I have been overcome with a feeling of helplessness as I don’t have the knowledge or the means to help them as much as I would like. Logically I know that all will be well and that this is a small mess in comparison to many other bigger messes we have cleaned up. And yet…
In an effort to keep positive, here is a list of all the great things about this Christmas! Because, despite the trials and tribulations, it has been a lovely couple weeks.
- I successfully made 2 different gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar free desserts and MY BROTHER LIKED THEM!
- Baby lambs in the snow!
- Our first Christmas Goose! Success!
- White Christmas!
- Quality time with my Nana-Banana!
- New cabin by the lake! (My Auntie Shirley wanted a place to stay when she comes up so she bought one half and half with my mom and it arrived the other day!)
- Sibling time. Ian is way cooler than me, but we still manage to have a grand old time.
- Witnessing the amazing team my parents have become. Even through these ups and downs, they are working so hard to maintain communication, calm and humour despite extreme stresses. I am so proud to be their child and to be a part of this big dream they are creating.
“And whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”