Cleaning and Clearing

Since Ken’s death I have been cleaning, sorting and clearing.  As I planned to visit my parents, I decided to skip to the top floor and clear a nice space for my farm sitter to sleep. The area was all torn up as I had given away a queen sized futon from a double bed frame (it was as Garrison Keillor would call it a deep valley bed).  When friends took the futon, they offered …

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Missing Ken on His Birthday: Many Reasons for Gratitude

Thursday was Ken’s birthday.  It was a tough day for me.  As I have said often this year, the firsts and the lasts are the most difficult: the first time I do something alone that we had done together for decades, the last time I eat something Ken grew or raised for example.        Thursday I was coming home from visiting my parents.  It was so good to see them.  There was much …

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Wood, Wood, Wood

Friends have been helping me cut wood for this winter – and maybe winters to come!         When Ken died there were several piles of wood split and cut to 40″ for the side stoke holes on the wood pottery kiln.  I had never used a chainsaw. Ken had bought a small one for me, but I couldn’t start it;  Ken would start it and then use it…   Since 40′ does …

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