The Violet Fern

A Colorful Tale of a Garden in the Making


Settling In …

So, it’s here, finally. That elusive balance I’ve struggled to achieve for the past few years. I feel I have arrived. I’m there!


I find myself singing The Who …
don don don don don don …
I’m free
I’m freeeee
And freedom tastes of reality

​I had the guts to leave the temple! I cannot explain the sense of release in letting the big house and garden go. Something I felt so entwined and entangled in, and have untangled, dropped, and walked away from. The first weeks full time at the cabin in the woods were bliss! A simple 12×12 foot space without electric power, septic, tv/internet … and it was bliss! It was also a test run to see if my husband and I could spend at least four months living there next summer. We have come to the conclusion we CAN, and not only that, but look forward to it!

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I’ve Got My JOMO Working

The last time I wrote to “ya’ll” was at the end of February! (Practicing my Florida there.) The last coloring page I offered was in May (although I do have a new one in the works). The last time I painted? I’m not even sure because it’s been so long! All I can say is this is my new norm because I got my JOMO working. No, that is not a typo (Muddy). JOMO is not particularly a new coin of phrase but for those of you unfamiliar, JOMO is the Joy Of Missing Out. There’s the Fear Of Missing Out — FOMO — and then there’s JOMO. I hope to step back from all social hype (because I don’t suffer from FOMO), and retreat to the woods to find my JOMO.


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I’m Going to Do It Again

You go back, Jack, do it again, wheels turnin’ ’round and ’round
You go back, Jack, do it again …

Well, life is a gamble and so far I feel I’m on a losing streak but at the same time a jackpot winner. This year is about turning inward. It is about staying low and keeping my nose to the grindstone, sharpening my skills and developing new ones. It is about exploring the universe within me and plotting a course for a journey that may actually take me somewhere.


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