Monday, August 25, 2008

back on the ranch

hi folks.
sorry for the summer blogging hiatus. but i'm back! and with big news. . . i moved! i guess that isn't that big of news, but it feels big to me for after five years in provo (wow was it really five???) i have gone back to my roots, i've moved back to sanpete county. . . and to be precise am living on the ranch (yes the same one i work at all summer). it came about because a. i knew i needed to leave provo, b. i NEED to finish my thesis and c. the whole summer at the ranch i kept looking around and thinking 'man i sure love it here, i wish i could just stay'. . . and then i figured why not? we have a beautiful straw bale lodge that needs care and watching, so i am the steward of the lodge, land, pigs, reuben my cat and now momo the ranch kitten. moving down involved several painful days of packing, cleaning, a u-haul, and lots of sweat. thanks to those that helped. i'm slowly settling in and making the lodge more of a home and am enjoying immensely the open space, quiet, solitude and beauty. i have the best view of the valley and sunsets, 80 acres at my discretion, and tons of fun projects like building some small winter garden greenhouse things, stained glass, furniture making, a rag rug loom, and for the past couple of days i've borrowed my mom's pressure steamer and have been canning green beans from the garden. so far i am loving it. last night i couldn't fall asleep because i kept thinking of projects and things i want to do. and this morning on my walk around the property i kept pinching myself thinking how lucky i am. i have no internet (which is a good thing.. .die facebook die) so blogging may be here and there but hopefully a lot more interesting. i have been reading lots, watching planet earth, writing snail mail letters, and just being still. it does get a bit lonesome, but there is PLENTY of space for guests and parties. so consider yourself invited any ol' time you need a break from inversion, traffic, noise, or people. xoxo, zina


Laura said...

I'll come! I'll come! It's been too long.

marshall p said...

you are the luckiest girl in the whole world! I'm moving in with you!

K8 said...

i love you. i'm so glad we talked yesterday.

kel said...

BLTs taste better there. Ash kept saying Mo mo until 89. many thanks. we'll be back.

Lindsey P said...

I'll come soon. my sept. work schedle is kinda a pain, but for you i'll figure it out.

Love you lots and lots. we'll have many a sleepover this winter when I need to escape k. Thanks for the phone call today.

Ann Marie said...

I wanna come! Lucky girl! I'll probably see you in NYC before I see you at the ranch though...what opposites?!

Heather Sanders said...

I'm pretty much very jealous. It sounds so wonderful to have time to do all those cool projects, to be still, and enjoy nature. I miss you!

Douglass Family said...

WOW! What an adventure! I hope you are loving it. Please call, write, or whatever communication you choose! I miss my Bennion!
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