The bed and breakfast was not up and running until March the next year, 2012. That first while was most difficult and I often wondered if I had made a mistake. Rather than give up, I did what I could to survive, found money when I had bills to pay and carried on. More problems arose, plumbing froze, and the bills continued to drain any reserves. With no extra income, my small pension would not support this venture and still I was not ready to give up. I could have rented a house out and made ends meet, but that is not my dream. I persevered.
And it happened. My first farm sold and the debt load was relieved. I was able to add some fencing and some necessary repairs, like the roofs on both houses. The skid steer was a luxury, however; it has been such a time saver and has relieved me from depending on local farmers to help. With the new independence, there also came more business. The summer was awesome and the winter continues to be steady. As the bed and breakfast is becoming known, the frequency of the guests continues to grow. There is money to live and to continue the dream of creating a permaculture farm. There is money to buy feed for the animals and medicine and veterinary care. Along with the new found freedom of money, there is more work than ever and still, most of it, I do alone.
Yet, I greet the day with a smile and a prayer. I love to be outside with my animals and tonight, I talked to the trees and the stars in the beauty of the night. This abundance is wonderful. I wish, for the new year, that there is enough of everything for everyone everywhere in the world, that none goes to bed hungry or lonely, that all find love and peace and happiness, whatever their dreams may be. I wish that for you in this almost new year.