This is not going to be one of those posts with critters and humorous captions. The next post probably will be, but not this one. Feel free to skip it- I've wrestled with writing it, but I sort of feel the need to explain why I have needed a bit of a mental break from the farm (because it is nearly impossible to take a break where we really get away from the farm), why my web site is as out of date as it is, and why my e-mail replies have been slow in coming.
For me, 2012 was a bit of a suckfest, with the last three months being the worst of it. I'm not trying to win the Pity Olympics, as I know there are people out there for whom the last year was even worse, or equally crappy. I suppose I feel the need to explain as a way to ask for patience from the people I know for withdrawing and not wanting to talk as much about the farm as usual. This is also a bit of a rebuttal to those who think that because I live and work on a farm that my life is all sunshine and lollipops, because that notion dismisses the heart break and hard work that goes in to having a farm for any amount of time, as well as the uncertainty that underlies all kinds of farms.
I'll put the rest after a break, so you can choose whether you want to read it or not.