We have three goats named Hildegarde (after the 12th century visionary, nun, composer and herbalist Hildegarde von Bignon), Widget and Morisot (named after the 19th century French impressionist painter Berthe Morisot) and 13 chickens. We also have two cows, Meg and her calf, and a dog.
I like to garden, cook, draw from life, write, hike, bike, make functional pottery, play viola, be outside, read and play with our animals.
I am rather unusual in the fact that I prefer classical music to current pop and such, which gives me headaches and depresses me. I love the Bach family’s music, Mozart, Vivaldi, Chopin, Grieg, Frances Poulenc, Beethoven, Aaron Copeland, Simon and Garfunkel, and I love Scott Joplin, Ragtime in general and Cajun. My favorite pieces include: Prelude and Mazurka from “Coppelia” by Delibes, Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens, Lucid Dreamer Yenz Krueger, Concerto for Quintet by Astor Piazzola, Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copeland, the Flute Sonata by Frances Pulank and Mozart’s k423 duo for violin and viola. I am also having a love affair with The Phantom of the Opera and the operas Norma, Cendrillon and Turandot as well.
Since I love reading, I have quite a few favorite books. They include: The beginning of Ralph Borsodi’s book Flight From the City, Living the Good Life by Helen and Scott Nearing, Wolves of Willoughby Chase and The Cuckoo Tree both by Joan Aiken, Jacob Have I Love by Katherine Paterson, Matthew Kirby’s books, The Dark Gravity Sequence in particular, Tamora Pierce’s Alanna series, Gallery by Laura Marx Fitzgerald’s, Shadows of Sherwood, Little women (series), Wolf Wilder, A Wrinkle in Time (series), all of Raina Telgemeier’s books, The Book Thief, The Greenglass House, A Falcon in the Glass, Shannon Hale’s books, The Apothecary (series), Rascal by Sterling North, all of the James Herriot books, Leap Write In! by Karen Benke and In Search of the Simple Life by David Shi. I also love Robert Frost’s poems and William Wordsworth’s poems, Little House in the Big Woods (series), The Art of Holding On and Letting Go, Nobody’s Princess (series), 13 Treasures (series) and The Jumbies.
When I am older I want to have a four or five acre farm with lots of gardens and have about two dozen chickens, some cows, cats and goats. In addition to that, I will probably be a writer, potter and artist and play viola in an orchestra.
We follow the dietary recommendations of Sally Fallon in her book Nourishing Traditions. We drink raw goat and cow’s milk from our goats and cow, eat lots of butter (unfortunately not from our cream as we do not have enough for making butter or cheese) and make all our own bread, yogurt, kefir and the like. We also have a garden which provides a good chunk of our vegetables in the summer and fall. I’ll eat everything my mom makes as long as it does not contain chocolate. Fresh baked bread (with tons of butter) is a delicacy, a big cup of cold milk and zucchini bread are also really good, and I love fresh salads with cheve cheese and greens from our garden.