It has indeed been quite some time since I have visited with you all. So much that in fact I have worried a great many of you for which I apologize. I so appreciate all the emails I have received and the prayers extended to my family and I.
Spring came to Hickery Holler with lots of rain and cool weather. The gardens grew fast and the weeds grew tall and often. O Wise one and I have struggled to keep up with the mowing, weeding, gardening and canning. We also took some personal time away and took Baby O to the State University hospital for some testing concerning her heart problems. The downfall of living in such a rural area is that we are limited to small clinics and local small hospitals for medical care. Doctors are not lining up to practice medicine in these small farming communities and so for us to get specialized medical care many times we must travel 2 hours one way to a large hospital. We wanted a second opinion on Baby O's heart rate problems and that meant traveling to the city to find a pediatric heart specialist. It also meant updating the original tests at the large hospital. In addition Baby O had one side of her wisdom teeth removed about 4 weeks ago and the second side removed last week. She returns next week for the last of her heart test updates and we are hoping to be caught up on medical trips for the near future. We are exhausted though all has come out well.
The spring crops were lush and plentiful and the black snakes were thick in the gardens. There have been few insect problems other that the occasional cabbage worm. The grapes are ripe right now and I will put up grape juice this next week. The apples and plums hang thick on the trees. The peach harvest was lost to a late frost. We harvested huge amounts of rhubarb and ended up selling it to the local fruit stand because we had so much already from the year before in the freezer and in jars.
I will be honest in that O Wise One and I have struggled this year with the workload more than ever before. Six years after cancer treatment I have struggled more than ever with neuropathy. A long term side effect of chemotherapy effecting my mobility and balance. I have been able to tend the garden less than usual and fall more than ever. We continue to persevere though and have begun to consider retiring from the farm. Baby O will soon move on to the next phase of her life. But for now we continue our normal routine and start to plan for the next phase of our own life together.
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter