A good detox weekend away was in order and luckily, I have good connections with the folk out in central Missouri. Hamilton, Missouri to be precise. I dare you to look at that Google map and not be jealous. I'm smack dab in the middle of fine USA soil surrounded by cornfields and soybeans for miles. My roommate's grandparents saved up for years to buy their fine 40 acre farm. Dean sold feed and Donna working at a beauty shop in town, kids went to school and the whole family would come home to tend their pigs, cattle, chickens and anything else Dean wanted to try his hand at. At their peak, they had 30 sows and would raise piglets for 6 months, then sent them off to a feed lot. Currently, D&D are hosting hoards of grand and great-grand children and only watching after a stray yellow calico cat who has yet to decide if he will adopt them as new owners.
Jamesport. Purchased: pineapple slices, flax seed, french burnt peanuts, whole nutmeg, candied ginger, tapioca pudding, garlic jelly, mini chocolate chips, banana chips, dried green beans, honey, local pasta, salted corn chips with flax, spicy black bean corn strings, steel cut oats, spearmint tea, agave nectar and tomato knives. Successful trip. Jamesport is full of stargazer quilts and oak furniture, funny beards and soft, unassuming smiles and the best club sandwich I've never had.
Evening walks past the neighbors' land, dogs, cattle-- we were an oddity walking down the gravel road, as if they knew we were just city girls posing for the weekend. Sunset colors orange, magenta and deep blue every night, with clear views of the Milky Way and a good handful of shooting stars each night.Slap a sign around my neck that reads "will work for food and quite space." We dug little trenches, laid edging, trimmed trees, hauled rocks and dirt-- the burdens resting on D&D's minds became outlets to clear our minds. As it happens, nothing cures stress quite like getting sore, sweaty and fatigued.