Relative Something

*this* John W. Hays’ take on things and experiences

Multiple Gifts

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It may seem like backward logic, but we really view guests visiting Wintervale as a gift to us, in contrast to visitor’s thinking of it as a gift to them to be able to immerse themselves in the peaceful aura of our forest, fields, flowers and animals. We all win!

Preparing the grounds to accommodate a stroll, otherwise known as “mowing the grass,” is something that needs to be done anyway, but it is a little more fun to do when I know someone is coming soon. It is way too easy to let things slide if Cyndie and I are the only ones who are going to see it. So, expecting guests is a form of inspiration.

Of course, the other incentive is that there is so much to be done that I don’t dare neglect any one thing for too long or the whole operation would get away from us.

We have other gifts to be thankful for today. We are enjoying the gift of healing as Cyndie continues to make progress recovering function after her shoulder surgery, and I am enjoying the gift of her being able to once again handle the power trimmer.

She took it upon herself yesterday, while I was out on the lawn tractor, to start the engine and get the trimmer over her head and onto her good shoulder. I asked how she got it started.

“It was hard. I had to stand on it and pull the cord with my left hand.”

Once she has it running and in position, holding the handlebar and swaying the business end to and fro actually puts very little stress on her weak shoulder.

We will be picking up momentum now in a push to conquer the relentless growth of summer and get the property ready for a busy month of Wintervale workshops. With Dunia Morales graciously offering to come from Guatemala to help lead sessions with Cyndie, we are looking to recover some business from the shortened summer of shoulder repair.

What a gift!

We are lucky to have so many.

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Written by johnwhays

July 29, 2017 at 9:51 am

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  1. lovely photo!

    Avery

    August 1, 2017 at 9:21 am

  2. Hooray for healing!

    Avery

    August 1, 2017 at 9:21 am

  3. Re the willow and the sequoia, what a ‘hare and tortoise’ story: the sequoia waits; the willow won’t, but both persist and resist and transmit their shades of green. Who knows maybe the sequoia will be there to convey the story in a thousand years from now… – how it cast its spell on two small, apparently insignificant, beings passing by that led to its planting and ascent heavenwards… It seems unlikely, doesn’t it? But you never know… you never know… what an incredible miracle we are somehow part of! Let the trees continue to whisper to us and shower us with their blessings, for we are truly a whisper in their breeze.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    July 30, 2017 at 3:01 am

  4. Yes, I know what you mean about visitors being a gift. It is that extra perspective that we can so easily lose when in the thick of it with immediate needs pressing hard on us. And then these visitors drop out of the sky heaven sent, for suddenly we feel an amazing sense of renewal and bliss. I guess we all need that ‘relative something’ to refocus at times:-) And then life becomes a continuing happy holiday with loved ones. Love you both to the end of time…

    Ian Rowcliffe

    July 29, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    • Hello, Ian! You understand our experience better than anyone. I hope you are aware that we think of you daily, and describe our shared history with you and your family often, when visitors inquire about how we arrived at creating Wintervale Ranch.
      As recent as Friday night, I was retelling our adventures of uncovering your spring and transplanting the willow tree and the sequoia.
      Everything that we have in our lives today seems to have blossomed from that precious fall visit to your Forest Garden Estate.
      All our love to you and yours!

      johnwhays

      July 29, 2017 at 9:01 pm


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