Downshifting into Winter Dreaming

Had a nice conversation with my son, they recently bought a business and are running it together. They also have two children (my cuties) and are going and blowing. I remember the excitement! I remember the exhaustion. It is a big experience.

In 1996 my life was no longer bound by family obligations… and instead of grieving I started thinking about what I wanted for me.  I have been making small shifts toward that ever since.

I sold my 4000 square foot home on a half acre in Texas. Several bumps later I have an 840 square foot trailerstead on 5 acres of Food Forest in Santa Fe County, New Mexico.  All bumps have been tied to 1) gardening and outdoors, and 2) my market economy job. I am approaching another bump called… retirement.

My son is encouraging me to move toward retirement even as I continue to work.  Now my shortlist looks like 1) gardening and outdoors, and 2) whatever!  I will no longer be tied by the market economy in the same way.  Another loss with an opportunity to downshift to a lovelier life.

So I will spend this winter dreaming about how that might look and dreaming about wild roses, Silver Buffalo-berry, Russian Sage, bear, deer, rabbits, and snow.


About rebeccatreeseed

I am a naturalist raised by naturalists. Treeseed is my earned name, while Rebecca is my birth name. I am of Northern European descent, with a quarter Irish.quarter thrown in. I suspect I was a product of northern invaders into Ireland into Ireland. but hard to say since DNA disproved the family story about Apache blood! I have found some odd ancestors to replace them. Last year I bought 5 acres of pinyon-juniper forest on the side of a mountain in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. I am fulfilling a lifetime dream of a cabin in the mountains and a food forest that will feed me and local wildlife. I want to share this new phase of my life with others that might be interested.
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