First of all, we love to honor the Lord God of the universe as best we can at all times. This fall is the season of the fall feasts of the Lord and for Sukkot we have had three families staying here enjoying that festival with us, camping out in the cold and sometimes rain may seem to be a strange way to get close to God but these people have been enjoying it more than when they were here last year.
At the Sukkot festival some of the kids built a wonderful Tee Pee that you see here. I don’t know how we will use it long term but it could house WWOOFERS or just be a fun place to add to our camping experiences of our guests.
Secondly we have been honored to bless a family that was unable to obtain housing in the short term and are renting our main home out at a discount rate. It is a great blessing to me personally as the rent, (again!), just meets my financial needs at this time.
Thirdly, we shot some turkeys and they cooked up nicely for the festival. (Yes F&G we had tags for them.) They were right outside our door and the opportunity was too good to pass up.
Fourth, one of the ladies that lives at our second home shot her first elk buck – and it was a whopper! (and again F&G we had a tag) Meat for the winter!
Fifth we have been harvesting apples again this year with the kids. Fun to do and delicious organic apple cider is the result!
Sixth, we have been milling up select trees on the property which is providing good income for us and great healthy outdoor work while at the same time improving our property. I personally have been cutting down many of the dead trees on the property in order to improve the beautiful view we have from the house and to make way for fresh new growth. Our recent fire mitigation project, funded by the county, has also opened up areas for improved vistas of beauty and better access and safety.
Seventh is burn piles – we have hundreds of them left from the fire mitigation work which we are trying to burn up while it is safe to do so.
The fall at Lifewater Ranch can sometimes be a bit wet and cold but there is still lots to do and enjoy. Worst case you can always enjoy the hot-tub in any weather!
I could not be more thankful for what God has granted me – a kind of Fantasy Island.
Anyone want to celebrate Christmas or Thanksgiving or New Year’s here?