Ginnie and I afresh acclaimed our three-year bells anniversary. On Oct. 10, three years ago, Ginnie stepped out of the aback aperture of our garage, strolled beyond the grass, to the music and singing of “Going to the Chapel” and my life, our lives, afflicted forever. Who would accept apprehension that at our age –I was 67 at the time and Ginnie 64 — that we could acquisition peace, beatitude and adulation with anniversary added on the Empty Nest Farm?
Approaching the Empty Nest Acreage from either administration on Highway 34, you can see that the maple copse are angled hardly to the arctic from the hot, southern wind that assault in the summer. The copse admonish me of a woman’s beard alarming in the breeze — angled over, eyes closed, beard dryer in hand. I accept generally wondered why the copse aren’t angled in the adverse administration from the frigid, tear-freezing wind that howls out of the northwest in the winter. Maybe it’s because the summer copse are growing, their branches animate with sap, and their limbs added malleable, like we were on our bells day. For my bells vows, I acclimated the copse as an analogy. “If I am accommodating to bend, like the copse appropriate actuality on the acreage accept angled in the wind, we will survive and thrive.”
One of the aboriginal things we did the afterward summer was accept a huge, three-car barn congenital assimilate the arctic ancillary of our house, complete with exercise room, basement and attic. To bless the achievement of the addition, we had an accessible house, agreeable friends, ancestors and abbey members. It was so abundant fun. One of my Empty Nest readers from Fairfield, Fiddl’n Granny, showed up with her fiddle. (She brand to dabble around.) Fiddl’n Granny entertained us with “Chinese Breakdown,” “You Are My Sunshine” and “Golden Slippers.” Ninety-two-year-old Wilbur Swindler, from Ottumwa, got to borer his toe and allurement the ladies to dance. Wilbur is now deceased. However, alive Wilbur, his toe is borer still.
One morning the afterward spring, Ginnie hit a deer on her way to work. That afternoon, as she accustomed home with her smashed-in, beard covered front-grill, a barrage storm swept through and did above accident to our abode and new addition. You ability say it was a alarming day. However, our allowance aggregation was johnny-on-the-spot, demography affliction of both the auto and house. We alike had the burghal shingles replaced with dejected steel. Our admiring home now looks alike added inviting.
What is a acreage after animals? Of advance we had Buddy, but that aboriginal spring, I best up babyish breed from the acreage store, acclimatized a afford into a hen house, and we now accept a hen-and-egg operation. Ginnie, actuality a burghal girl, was rather skeptical, but she acclimatized fast. Visitors to our Empty Nest Acreage usually leave with a dozen acreage beginning amber eggs — what we alarm “a allowance of love.”
Then there accustomed Blossom, the atramentous Angus heifer, built-in on April Fools Day. She’s growing fast and we can’t adjudge if we’re activity to her or accept her bred to accession a dogie year-after-year. We’ve been told that the aberration was in allotment her.
Every acreage needs a barn cat. The latest accession is Barney the barn cat. He showed up one morning while I was accomplishing chores. He was hungry. I absurd an egg for him and he absitively absolute fast that he had begin a home. Barn mice beware! I again watched in admiration as Barney took bottomward and ate a about abounding admeasurement cottontail. Buddy hasn’t apparent Barney yet.
Yes, we accept survived and thrived on the Empty Nest Farm.
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