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Saturday, January 19, 2013

A New Dawn

"It's a new dawn,
It's a new day
It's a new life...for me,
and I'm feeling good..."

I bet you know those lyrics.  Most people of my vintage do, and even those who are younger, thanks to the great cover version by Michael Bublé from 2005.  I thought those were appropriate words for this post, because it's the first post under my blog's new name.  If any of my former followers are still around, you may remember that when I moved from Iowa to Nova Scotia, my goat Lucky Nickel was excited about the move to "Can of Duck," which is goat-speak for Canada.  Goats have trouble with new words sometimes, and Nova Scotia was waaaay too difficult for those goatie lips to manage, so Can of Duck it was!

The fact is that nothing....and I really mean nothing....about that move, ended up the way I hoped or expected.  What seemed like a dream in the making turned into my biggest nightmare.  It has taken me a very long time to come to terms with the magnitude of the mistake I made in choosing to move here, and in choosing the relationship that I did, and in leaving behind everything I'd spent my life building to pursue those choices.  I've never made a mistake before on that scale, and I hope I never will again.  I've learned a lot, I've grown a lot, and I've begun to forgive myself, ever so slowly, for turning my life upside-down and taking my family and friends on a roller coaster journey of madness.  I made those dreadful decisions, but I've been making better ones lately, and I plan to keep on doing so.

So, I'm leaving "Whispering Acres" in the past.  If you wish to follow me, you might want to update any old links to reflect the new blog name.  I haven't got a name for my current farm yet, and I'm not sure when I will have one, so for now, I'm sticking with Dispatches from Can of Duck.  It's certainly not a blog name that's already in use, so I give myself a point for originality.

I'll be posting updates of my new dawn and new days, because things are finally beginning to turn a corner, and although I have a very long way to go, the future is not as bleak as it once seemed.  Coming along with me on this journey will be the Fab Five - Lucky Nickel, Fezzik and Caramel the goats, as well as Tucker and Twilight the sheep.  I'll be sharing the improvements I've been making on this falling-down farm.  I'll be talking about my new work, my new plans, and the new love of my life....oh yes!  He's a very handsome guy, with big strong muscles and beautiful eyes, and he keeps me warm at night.  In fact, I think the very first picture I'll share on this new blog is my guy, Jet.


I'm also apologizing, to long-term readers, for having been absent for so long.  It has really been a rough road, and I just didn't have the heart to talk about it - mostly because I had nothing at all positive to say or share.  So thanks for re-joining me, if you were here before, and welcome to any newcomers.  I hope the journey ahead is worth following.

23 comments:

Alison said...

Claire! Welcome back to Blogland! I'm glad to hear you're feeling better about yourself, your situation and your future. And I'm quite sure it will be worth following, whatever the heck happens.

Cheers to you and Lucky Nickel, and welcome to Jet.

Patty Woodland said...

Hugs from Montana - you know we will follow through good and not so good

Crazy Lady with purple fingers said...

I am so glad to hear from you and that things are getting better, you were thought of often, wondering how you were doing..so was so great to open the computer and find your blog with the new name!!

Sharrie said...

Good to see a remembered blogger reappear. Hope all continues to go well. Will follow! Love "Can of Duck"

Michelle said...

I'm still here, Claire; still here, still interested, still caring about what you have to say and what you are going through. Welcome back! Love your new guy; I've dreamed my whole adult life of adopting a retired greyhound, and someday I will.

Renee Cabe said...

So glad you're back! Missed you and Lucky Nickel and the gang. Missed your sense of humor, too.

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

Welcome back. Jet is a very handsome guy!

Tayet @ Farm Life at its Best said...

Claire! I'm so happy to see you back in the Blogosphere! I can't wait to see what you've been doing these past months.

Marigold said...

You're back! You're BACK! YOU'RE BACK!!!!!!! Yay and more Yay!!!!!! You are one of the strongest ladies I know! I am SO happy you are BAAAA - ck! :)

Judy T said...

Glad you are on the mend and things are looking up for you. Greetings from Iowa!
Judy (aka fullfreezer))

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Sometimes a *mistake* is just the Universe giving us a Gift we still have yet to unwrap..........

xoxoxo

Mimi

Jean said...

Welcome Back Claire - you were missed!

Welcome to Jet also - handsome guy!

edenhills said...

So glad to hear you are feeling better about where things are headed! Yeah!

Becky Utecht said...

So happy to see you post again Clarie! I look forward to keeping abreast of all your latest activities. And I'm so glad your new guy is the four-legged kind. :-)

Cloverleaf Art and Fibre said...

This is wonderful news Claire. I've thought of you often and hoped to hear from you again. Best wishes from Manitoba.

Lin said...

I'm still here! I'm just glad that you came back to tell us that you are okay!! (We've been worried, you know)

Okay, so we all make mistakes...some bigger than others. But sometimes, you go with things and some other person decides to be the changer...and then that changes you and your plans....and then...well...you know...life goes awry and it isn't always your fault or maybe there isn't one way to point the finger.

I guess what I'm saying is that...it's okay. Let's get this party train back on the track and let's have some fun again!

We are all here with you and FOR you!

I, for one, am ready for some new tales (tails?)!!!

Mare said...

I am SO HAPPY to see you back to blogging again. I am going to cut and paste this new blog into my "Blogs i Love to visit"list, and say goodbye to the old blog. Onward and Upward my friend!Love, mare

angela said...

Welcome back yew I remember whispering acres. I too have had life changing things happen. Not bad ones so I have changed to a new blog to reflect those changes too! We all make decisions and sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. But they are not mistakes they are learning experiences and if you learn and grow from them them they are good.

DonkeyBuster said...

Glad, just so SO glad for you. And MUCH better choice on the bedmate. What a knock-out!

Spinners End Farm said...

Missed you! I'm SO glad to hear from you again. :)

Norbert Brugière said...

Kaia says hi to Jet! And Sab, Gaby and I wish you a Happy New Year!

Gail V said...

Hi Claire, it's been a rough year, here, too, and I pretty much abandoned all blogs (in favor of Facebook, I admit). So a nice coincidence that when I looked into them, you were back! Many many good years ahead, my dear.

SweetMissDaisy (Anna Wight) said...

I'm here! Took me a while to get here due to some system issues w/ Google Reader, but I out foxed those buggers! :) I'm happy to see you posting again ... you've got a great group here cheering you on. Big hugs to ya, my crazy chicken hat wearing friend! :) -Anna.