Every once in awhile, I become completely sentimental and want to connect all that I believe in...living off the earth, making a handmade life for my family, living in the rhythms of nature, caring for animals and growing my own food....I think it is the healthiest of lives for children.... We visited a farm this past weekend. They had a sweet farm store they were opening, and Chance got to do spot massage, and I got to set up my spinning wheel and also sell my wares. I didn't sell much, because there was a soapmaker there, a printing press that makes these incredible cards and Wendell Berry books, by setting the type by hand, and so many flower bulbs and produce. I was able to barter for all kinds of wonderful things. There were chickens, an old farmhouse, dogs, cats, greenhouses, barns, Jersey cows, and a donkey. You could not part Serena from that donkey. A girl and her donkey. Most of the time around here it is "a mom and her rabbits" or " a baby boy and his dog". We all connect to some creature around here. Someday I will have a farm. And grow old enough to be called "the goat lady."