"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.