Happy New Year. Welcome 2011.

2010 was quite a year.  There were so many interesting changes in my life. Namely starting ardenwoods edibles and actually making a go of it. I met many new and interesting people. Learned more and more where my food comes from and why it is important to value and cherish this new food movement. There were some not so pleasant things that happened along the way–but in retrospective that is life.  I grew from them. I learned from them and I moved on.

On the way plus side, I got to spend enormous amounts of time with my gorgeous daughter and look forward to our routine getting back in order with this coming new week. I am reading a wonderful book “Animal Vegetable Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver. If you have not read it-run. get it. and read it. I know I am a few years late reading this particular book–but we find things when we need to hear them I suppose. There was a particular chapter that really spoke to me (chapter 6 if you are curious) and it talks about being a career woman and how women were kind of sold a bill of goods back in the 70’s and 80’s–“hoodwinked” is the exact word Barbara used to describe balancing work, motherhood and food. That is all I will say–but the chapter really resonated with me…and with how I spend time with my baby and balancing career and food in this house. I also feel lucky I will have a perspective to share with my daughter about these precious years in between her being out of baby and toddlerhood and me being her mom and how incredibly lucky I was to be able to have her here with me at the nursery while still maintaining my foot in some sort of career dance.

It was so clear in Pasadena on New Years Day. Just some lovely clouds that streaked across the sky. If you look close between the tree branches you can see one of the Planes that made a zillion circuits over our house. First super high…and then lower and lower to let the stunt parachuters jump out. Garth and I laughed and said maybe the jumpers are having second thoughts, is why they are making so many pass overs. New Years morning from the middle of the nursery


One thought on “Happy New Year. Welcome 2011.

  1. Hi Nysha,
    I came across your blog as I was looking at your edibles website. I love that you are following your dreams and creating this nursery, Iam looking forward to planting all your lettuce offerings and Franchi seeds. I love “Vegetable, Animal, Miracle”, read it two winters ago and still quote it regularly to friends. I too especially like chapter 6 and our generation adherence to a rigid formula about career & family. Can I also recommend “Deep Economy” by Bill Mckibben? It’s all about downscaling our economy to a sustainable local level. A beautiful book full of inspiring ideas. Keep up the great work you are doing.

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