Best Decisions of 2013: CSA

Joining the Bellair Farm CSA was probably my first best decision of 2013. Our neighbors were members, and encouraged us to jump on board when we moved onto the street.

They went to the farm early on Saturday mornings, to entertain their toddler during the long, unstructured days of summer. I decided to join them on these adventures, and even kept up the Saturday morning ritual when they couldn’t go.

The farm was a great weekly ritual. I loved getting outside early in the morning, and starting my weekend with something productive, and bringing home so much delicious produce! I learned how to cook things I’d always been afraid to cook (more on that later), I always had a unique way to entertain out-of-town visitors, and I was constantly thankful to have access to delicious and abundant local and seasonal food.

upload Entering the farm!

Chicks! Then they brought a COW!!!

Leaving the farm! We found a sandbox!

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The rest of our crew. Strawberries!

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Farm! Flowers!

2013

I started by sorting through my photos, to jog my memory, and DANG! I did SO MUCH in 2013!

So, when I feel like a lifeless blob who has no goals and isn’t accomplishing anything, I’M PROBABLY DELUSIONAL.

Posting this list now, with hopes of highlighting each item (with photos!) but with the caveat that things could change.

Best Decisions of 2013:
-Agreeing to photograph Charlottesville SOUP (three times).
-Joining a CSA.
-Attempting Whole30.
-Going to a counselor to deal with double-vision anxiety.

Things I Learned in 2013:
-How to make kombucha.
-How to cut my own hair.
-That I not-so-secretly want to be a homesteader.
-How to cook SO MANY DELICIOUS THINGS.

Accomplishments in 2013:
-That quilt show.
-Sewing things with sleeves.
-Self-drafting patterns.

What do you remember most vividly about working with Cash?

On our first album, there was a song he wrote, I can’t remember which one it was, but I listened to it and said, “Do you think you could take some of the ‘I’s and ‘me’s out of it?” And he thought about it and he was like, “Yeah, I think I can do that.” And he did. So 10 years later, I’m visiting him in Nashville. He’s in a wheelchair. He’s blind, pretty much. It felt so awkward. So I said, “What have you been working on lately?” And he said, “I’ve been working on using ‘I’ and ‘me’ less.” And I said, “Really?” And he said, “Yeah. Remember? You gave me that comment on the song? That’s what I’ve been working on.” Incredible. He didn’t mean it in the context of songs. He meant it in the context of life.

From this interview with Rick Rubin. Go read the whole thing