I may have some sputters and starts (holidays coming up, full house in a tiny house!), but I am ready to be BACK. This year has been fraught with complication, trouble, turmoil, disaster, joy, and miracles. This year has overtaken me time and time again. I have repainted almost the whole house, remodeled the studio (thank you again and again to the angels among you who made that happen), repaired most of the existing fencing and added much new fencing, recoated the barn roof, built a milking parlor, got my cow (cows?) bred, suffered painful losses, seen gains, learned to ride a horse (really!), and written a book. A HUGE book. The most important book of my life. By myself, I took on the great job of bringing this farm BACK to a farm. And I have struggled, and through it all, inhaled your encouragement and support with every breath while I have let you down time and time again with lack of postings. I have learned that I truly can’t do it all. But as this first year at Sassafras Farm winds down, I come around the curve. The “worst” of the work is over. Oh, there is so much yet to do! But it’s not so pressing as it was. And my book is done. Really done this time, I believe. My book is expected to go to the copy editor in a few weeks. I shouldn’t see much more than line edits now. I am so happy, by the way, with HarperCollins. I feel so spoiled by them. I have been in and around publishing for a long time. They have treated my book with tender loving care, and a great respect for the story and its characters–which include you, my readers. I hope so much that when you read it, you will understand how important you are to me.
This website is the most important thing I’ve ever done. It will be my lasting impression on the earth, for every person I have inspired to do anything whether it is bake a loaf of bread or can a jar of jam. If I make you laugh when you have a bad day, teach you how to make a cake, or inspire you to walk down the road and cut wildflowers, that is all I could ever hope to do and why I do it. I love your comments, and your emails, and just knowing you are here even if you are completely silent.
I’m back. Pinkie swear on Glory Bee’s flower petals! And I am so glad! Thank you for bearing with me through this time–not just the past few weeks, but the past year. It’s been rough and tough and amazing, but I am on the other side.
I see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I am standing in it.