A Lonely Farm

| 5/10/2010 4:25:02 PM

Wood shed and outdoor boiler

Red Pine Mountain logoThis winter, I found myself constantly slipping on the ice. One day, after watching me fall for the umpteenth time, my pragmatic Mountain Man said, “You’ve always got your head up in the clouds. You’re looking at the mountains, at the sky, at everything except where you’re going. That’s wonderful. That’s you; but why don’t you just watch your feet so you can see the ice and then you won’t fall as much?”

“No,“ I answered. “I might miss something and I’d rather fall.”

“I knew you’d say that.” Mountain Man replied.

That conversation in a nutshell sums up the difference between Mountain Man and me. While I’m off in the clouds thinking, dreaming, writing, falling and picking myself back up again, Mountain Man is steadily focused on the task at hand.

Last week, Mountain Man left Red Pine Mountain towing a horse trailer and taking two of the youngest and overly exuberant dogs. I was left alone on Red Pine Mountain and the responsibility of keeping the farm running rested solely in my hands. Mountain Man’s final words to me were “Don’t burn the place down.” To which I responded haughtily, “Of course I won’t.”

George Boothe
7/17/2010 9:18:16 PM

Hello mountain man and mountain woman. Love your place. looks really pretty there. I have one big question. How did you guys decide to give up city life for the country. See right now I want to move out like you folks and live off the land. I used to farm every summer with my grandparents on their farms. I loved it, and would love to share that experience with my kids and maybe teach them so skills for their life. My wife... not so thrilled... and very hesitant. some times she's like yeah lets go.. and other times she's like ... I'm not sure what i want to do. Any ideas on how to convince her it's the right thing to do? thanks, Big G

Mountain Woman
5/14/2010 10:06:54 AM

Samantha, Thank you. I do feel very blessed to have Mountain Man in my life.

5/14/2010 8:47:56 AM

Love this! What a blessing your life and your mountain man is!

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