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As my boy comes up to his first birthday, it occurred to me that I haven't dropped a single update. So here I am, a little late, and feeling really guilty.





I took an unexpected hiatus from comics for a while due to the surprise early arrival of my little boy. He was a full month early so we spent some time in the hospital with him... I can admit now after a year that it was a very... changing experience. All the thoughts I had about how I was going to be as a mother went right out the window. I was hurled into a world of paranoia, anxiety, and fear right off the bat. I lost all creative energy and/or motivation. I was just razor focused on keeping that tiny bean alive.


With some time, I've recovered pretty well. I've been working on other projects to get that artistic flow back and revisited some things that brought me joy and inspire me. I've shied away from social media but I'm starting to come around again.


Thank you for being patient with me during this past year. I appreciate your support and kindness, and I'm ready to get back to work.



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It's been one whole year since I published my FIRST children's book: Just A Farmer! Now I'm sitting here reading it to my very own future farmer... though he won't be able to see the pictures until early December.


The book talks about the many hats a farmer may have to put on in any given day, teaching children that a farmer is more than just anything. Farmers should be proud of what they do and this book celebrates that. You can buy it for yourself, or the kiddos in your life in my shop.


And YES, it's true! I'm super pregnant, haha. I know it doesn't look it here, but trust. I'm due on my birthday to have my first, a bouncing baby farmer and The Husband and I couldn't be more excited (or terrified). This is why I haven't been very active on my website most of the year. My chores around the farm have lightened, more-so in the very begining, and now again as I come to the end. Hay season was fine, but I was busy then on the tractor. Also, with Covid there isn't too much to talk about that wasn't a bummer.


Adjusting to life as a pregnant farmer has had a lot of challenges, maybe I'll do a seperate blog about that. I can only imagine what sort of changes are going to come when The Babe is finally here. There are no mat-leaves in farming! Maybe I'll write about that at some point too...


Hope all is well with everyone. Hope your harvests are going smoothly and you're all staying healthy and happy during this crazy unbelievable year. I'd love to hear what you've been up to this summer!


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I can’t stand to watch the news anymore. At first because of the rising epidemic that was gripping the globe and threatening the lives of people I hold dear. Every report was a reminder that my 94-year-old grandmother was in a retirement community with existing respiratory issues. It made me sick worrying about her and my other grandparents, not to mention my parents who are no longer the fresh daisies they once were (no offence Dad, facts are facts). Now I can’t stand to watch the news because there is literally worse and worse news coming every day- and it’s not exclusively condensed to the News stations! I can’t open up a social media app without the bombardment of negativity.


Now, I have my own troubles to worry about beyond international news. I have to go on living my life, as most people have had to do. In the beginning I sort of laughed and said ‘Social Isolation? I’m already actively doing that. No worries here!’ But the truth of it is, the farming community can’t really handle further isolation than we’ve been dealing with. Our churches, clubs and organizations once a week, maybe one a month, are what keep us going. Mental health issues were already a major problem in our community, driven partly by the high stress we endure daily and the lack of human interaction we get. Now, with everything that’s happened, we are more alone than ever with nowhere to turn. I have never felt more alone than in these past few months. I used to drive to town and see friends, go to federation meetings, community event meetings, etc. Now I have none of that. It’s just me. I don’t even have my mother at this point, the person I have always worked alongside. I’m too nervous of contaminating her because I’m married to an essential worker.

Social media has been key in helping people stay connected through these times. It’s been the only way to stay in touch with some people. I’m guilty of spending a lot more time there. I check in on friends, see how everyones fairing, and that works as best as it can. Now though, logging into social media only causes more stress. The flooding of opinions and fighting has taken over each and every platform. Whether it be for the epidemic, or the current protests going on for the Black Lives Matter movement. Everyone feels the need to weigh in on these things which has me pulling further and further away from it.


There is already so much to worry about in my small little world that logging into Facebook is now a groaning task. Crops need to be planted, cows need to be fed, hay needs to be cut, the list goes on and on, it never stopped for us. I know I’m not alone when I say I literally cannot handle the weight of the world’s issues. I cannot handle reading about how society is falling apart, people are picking sides, the epidemic is still happening but nobody seems to care anymore, when I’m worried about beef processing issues, where I’m going to take my animals, what will these crops be worth, how am I going to pay the bills if this doesn’t work out, can I really afford to keep farming?

I have to try to focus on the sunny days. I get to live a beautiful life right now, even if the costs are high. I want to look out over a freshly planted field and just be satisfied with a job well done instead of feeling miserable, weighed down, depressed even. We, as farmers are so very lucky in so many ways and it’s important to try to keep focus on those blessings instead of all the hurt in the world. To worry about what you aren’t doing or what you’re not saying on top of everything else you’re going through will only make you sick. My recommendation? Turn off the news, unplug the phones, just sit out on a grassy hill and watch the cows eat. It’s the best we can do right now, for ourselves and for others. Who will feed the world when its farmers are burnt out and broken down?



What are you doing to get through these times? Does the News cause you distress or does it help you keep everything in perspective?


I hope everyone is getting along out there and staying healthy. If you ever want to chat my doors always open, and by door I mean emails.

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