Clearly, I have become bored with blogging, but recently I have felt such an overwhelming sense of gratitude and appreciation, I needed to share it. And this seemed as apropos as any other way to talk out loud to myself.
I used to make and sell soap. After a few years, it wasn't as much fun as it used to be, so I stopped selling it as part of the business. I still make soap (because I personally would not use anything else). And I have always had a few customers who feel the same way, so I still make soap for them. One of those customers was in the area this past week, and came by the farm to stock up (she lives out of state). I had forgotten what a sheer delight she was, and we spent the most agreeable hour visiting together, and with her son and amazing dog. I know who I want to be when I grow up (perhaps I should mention she is in her 90's....)
And then there is my friend Melissa. About a million years ago, Melissa was by boss when we both worked at Bank of Ashmerica. She moved on, I moved out. And in her travels, she and her husband decided to create a lavender farm. It is, quite simply, AMAZING. And to my eternal gratitude, she is now creating her own lavender essential oil and asking me to create lavender soaps, shampoo bars, and other lavender goodness. It is a complete joy to work with her again. And if you're ever in the area, you really need to visit Bayer Farms!
And finally, I have the most incredible customers the Matthews Community Farmers Market. As my business has grown and shifted, I have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people, many of whom come to visit me at the market each week. Sometimes they are shopping, sometimes they are just stopping in to show me pictures of their cats. We have shared as they married, and had babies, gotten new jobs, retired, and sent children off to college - it is just such an absolute privilege for this curmudgeon to be a part of their lives