Shadows In The Fog

| 12/17/2015 8:57:00 AM

Tags: Homesteading, holidays, Jack Fernard,

Jack Fernard"Could life possibly get any busier?"

We all know what it's like this time of year. There are countless things that need to be accomplished, social obligations to be met (some fun ... others not so much), cards to be mailed, gifts to be bought — you name it! And time is always ticking down.

Doe standing in the fog

Being gluttons for punishment, my family and I found ourselves moving this month into a new home. With our very first bath in the upstairs tub, my wife discovered a stream of water pouring out of the living room (downstairs) light switch. Yep, it's going to be that kind of month! Just add sagging drywall to the list of unpleasantries like wood stain spilled on the brand new carpet or a kitchen stove that makes frightening noises when the convection fan tries to turn.

Personally, I would like to think that the planets have aligned themselves against me and that my bad luck exceeds all others, but I know that's not the case. We ALL have stories that defy the limits of belief. And they call this the most wonderful time of the year?!

I was pacing through the kitchen anxiously eyeing the fog that was keeping the solar panels of my off-grid home in 'sleep' mode, and musing on the futility of this festive season, when I noticed movement in the backyard. A doe was grazing, just a stone's throw from the window I was looking through.

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