My husband and I were talking the other day about how even though we want to live out in the country and have a mini farm and be fairly self sustainable... we don't plan on giving up the part of us who loves wine, fine dining and entertaining guests. In fact... when the time comes that we have our farm we plan on going all out for our friends and family and we'll do it farm style!
I think that growing your own food is reason enough to celebrate and share with friends and family what you can bring to the table. Although we plan on hosting many dinner parties at our home we were thinking that an annual celebration is necessary. Not wanting to interfere with many friends who already host annual parties for holidays such as Independence Day and New Years we are thinking of what would best fit us. We are considering many options... but whatever time of year we choose... we will be celebrating the earth and all it's bounty. There will be music, dancing, wine and much more... fun for the young and the young at heart.
You know what... as I'm typing this I swear I once had a dream about what I'm imagining. Funny how dreams seem to know what you want before you do isn't it?
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."
~ The Declaration of Independence
A Song from the Suds
Queen of my tub, I merrily sing,
While the white foam raises high,
And sturdily wash, and rinse, and wring,
And fasten the clothes to dry;
Then out in the free fresh air they swing,
Under the sunny sky.
I wish we could wash from our hearts and our souls
The stains of the week away,
And let water and air by their magic make
Ourselves as pure as they;
Then on the earth there would be indeed
A glorious washing day!
Along the path of a useful life
Will heart's-ease ever bloom;
The busy mind has no time to think
Of sorrow, or care, or gloom;
And anxious thoughts may be swept away
As we busily wield a broom.
I am glad a task to me is given
To labor at day by day;
For it brings me health, and strength, and hope,
And I cheerfully learn to say-
"Head, you may think; heart, you may feel;
But hand, you shall work always!"
~Louisa May Alcott~