Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New Home

So Coco and Mary are now with the Gildays. Even as I sobbed, I was thankful, seeing the glee on the faces of two little children who have loved Coco for a very long time.

Little Chelsea hugged my sweaty self and told me that they would take good care of Coco for me.

Bea came over and brought me lunch and packed boxes of dishes. Rebecca came over and helped me pick some potatoes. It was so hot. I am glad to see most of the harvest put down in the basement. Maybe not a years' worth, but enough to enjoy many meals plus more to plant.

After the Gilday's took Coco and Mary home, they called and asked about lambs. So they returned and the kids each picked out a little ram lamb and a little ewe lamb and David and caught them and loaded them up. Maureen brought over some red wine and I paused to sit and eat cheese and share a glass. We shared stories and I can say that I am very happy and beyond satisfied, knowing where Coco and Mary are tonight.

I am inside in the cool this evening, avoiding the humidity and mosquitoes. Thunder threatened but but rain never reached the farm. Cabinets are empty. Pots and pans and dishes and spices and glasses and jars are packed. Clothes are in piles on the floor. I guess I should be packing, but I think I will go to bed and try again tomorrow.

PS When I checked the Alpine forecast and saw that once again the temperatures there are lower than here, it made me chuckle. We may be going to Texas, but at least the mountains and arid air will feel wonderful after this period of heat and humidity. Nonetheless, I am trying to soak up every bit of green while we have it.


Nikki said...

I read your story on and have bought some of your very yummy bread at the Grandin market. I'm not sure how many of us Virginians have heard of Alpine, much less been there more times than they can count. My Dad and stepmom settled in Marathon for about 10 yrs and loved the area (as do I). I wish you and your family nothing but the best!!

Bob said...

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After reading the aritcle about you in today's Roanoke Times, then looking at your blog, I felt compelled to write and wish you good luck on your upcoming move to West Texas. I grew up in that part of the country (near Balmorhea on a cotton farm and cattle ranch), and visited Alpine many times in my youth. The largest college in the area, Sul Ross (I'm a descendent of his by the way), was a great place for class trips for the many very small schools in that area. Whereas Balmorhea was on the hot desert, Alpine is located in the cool mountains, and was always a pleasure to visit. Do plan on taking the kids to Balmorhea State Park to swim in the huge semi-natural pool. The drive to Marfa is beautiful (they filmed Giant there in the 50's), and Marfa is a very crunchy place - you will definetily find some kindred spirits there. I love that whole part of Texas and have many fond memories. I will look forward to following your blog and your adventures. Best of luck !!

Maria Shutters said...


I have been thinking about you a lot lately. I didn't know about your move until just a few minutes ago from

I will really miss you, your farm and your family. Even though I only had the pleasure of speaking with you in person a few times I saw how much you loved the farm life. As the number of farms in Virginia slowly dwindle it will become more realistic that your's is gone too.

We've driven by a few times over the last couple years. I'll always remember trying to pick up some dead sheep from you for the dogs.

Hopefully you are settling in well.

Keep the kids in line :-p

Maria Shutters

Chris said...

Been thinking of you and your kids, wishing you peace. I so hope you'll post from your new home. Your parents must be delighted that you all are nearby.

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Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

I hope you're going to update us soon!

I wrote about you on my blog. I'm looking forward to seeing what you think about it. I hope you are okay with it.