So, long time no write, eh. I haven’t had much to write. No contrast, I suppose. Things haven’t been all wine and roses, but they haven’t been unmanageable. Life has been exceptionally good this year. Busy and active, but very good.

I have enjoyed the early spring here in Mount Shasta, putting my veggies in early and getting new veggies going that I haven’t planted before. Digging in the dirt has a meditative state to me that puts me in a state of bliss. I do wish I had a bit of a warmer climate in the garden so that tomatoes and cucumbers were happier, but I have ways of modifying things.

This year, I’ve planted:

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Potatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Pumpkins
  • Tomatoes
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Chard
  • Beets
  • Beans
  • Peas

I’ve got some perennials revisiting (lots of berries), as well as the plum, cherry, and apple trees.

The garden here has been a challenge for me to get used to. I have been used to gardening in very fertile, alkaline soil. Here, I’m dealing with acidic volcanic sand. Lots of soil amending. But the blueberry bushes are as happy as can be.

In addition to working outside, I’ve been walking and hiking more than ever. For a while, I had a GPS going to see how many miles I could do in 2013. But I forgot to put it on too many times. Then it started getting in the way of what I really wanted, which was to escape into nature every day.

I think Mark is tired of hearing me say, “I love everything about living here.” I love my house, my yard, my neighborhood, my neighbors, my friends, my meadows, my mountains, my forests… everything about living here is blissful to me.

Max just finished 6th grade; Claire is getting ready to start kindergarten. I really like the teachers at the schools here. Unfortunately, the system of mainstream schooling is so limited. I feel like this year especially Max fell through the cracks. He was very frustrated by math and social things, and he developed some coping mechanisms that won’t serve him well if they continue.

It’s time to make some changes. Not sure exactly what we’ll do, but it will be something different than years past. I am nervous about the change, but also looking forward to a shift that is more in alignment with who my kids are and who we are as parents.

Mark launched a new product yesterday, Clearing to Zero. It’s a ho’oponopono meets neuroscience DVD. I watched it myself a couple of weeks ago as we were getting ready to produce it, and it whacked me out for a day. But it also dissolved a few things and helped me get really clear on a few things. Since watching the DVD, I’ve been getting more intuitive guidance about life going forward. I’m making a few changes, but overall, I got a sense that I am on the right path. After all, there are zero limits, right? Life is good.

I decided to give up maintaining my own code on a shopping cart application I wrote 10 years ago, and I migrated to another cart. So far, so good. Though there are some intricacies that I have to learn. Learning to work with someone else’s code is like learning a foreign language. Not really fun. But it should be more productive going forward.

I’m going to make an effort to write more, both here and a new book forthcoming. Maybe even a few videos and pictures. But for now, this at least gets me writing again.

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