Farm Fresh

… Fresh on to the farm. Here is an occassional chronicle of a new family in a small town.

Gallery sitting


Filed under: Art

Summer edibles

Filed under: Garden

themes of middle-aging, the female variety

I recently received an email from my friend Abigail Guay. Her newest show involves the above.  See email transcript below.

I am curating a show at the Kirkland Arts Center – a two-person collaboration between photographers Sarah Knobel and Alison Brady – that opens in January 2011.  Sarah and Alison are looking at themes of middle-aging, the female variety, and they would like to hear from ladies (particularly creative ladies) in the 25-40 range about what they’re doing, why, and how that’s affecting the old sense-of-self.  Following is a link to a survey Sarah and Alison put together, something to help them assess the overall mental landscape:
The user name and password are both “survey” and the page will ask you for those at both the beginning and the end.  If you have friends you’d like to pass this to, feel very free to.
Thanks so much!

My Survey Answers:

What is your age?


What city do you live in?

Thorp, WA

Do you work in a creative field? What are your expectations on your work’s earning power?

Yes, however I am underemployed a the moment because I left my position at a nonprofit arts org to move in with my husband and spend time with newborn.  My work’s earning power is I suspect mediocre. There are positions out there that pay well, but definitely not here! I am not in it for the money, although now that I am applying for jobs, I will not take any position. I’d rather make none and work in the garden.

Do you have a dual career? Are you an artist
(visual arts, theater, music or writing)
or in a creative field, but must also work a 2nd job to make ends meet?

No, simply because I stopped making art to make money. I am thinking of getting back into it.

If yes, does this life-style create any frustration, confusion, stress, exhaustion or guilt? If so is aging a factor?


What is your definition of stability?

Twofold: Material needs must be met- health insurance, rent, food and Emotional needs must be met- through family, friends and inspiration.

What would be an ideal situation for you within the next couple years? Please Describe.

That’s a tough one.  We are working out a few different situations. A. We start a nonprofit arts org in Thorp that brings art to the community and I am the Director 😉 B. I take a FT position that will support my husband enough for his artistic endeavors and he spends more time with son.

Are there specific things that cause you anxiety and fear as you age?

Financial security.

What pressures do you feel at your age? Are there comments that you hear about your age?

Interestingly, the only pressures I feel are to maintain my previously active social life while living in a rural community with a small group of friends and new family.  Most people I talk to say 30’s are great! I agree!

Filed under: Random

Stay at home mom

I think about going back to work all the time. But then Porter does something wicked cool,  the garden needs to be watered or the hammock calls and well, I get distracted. And right now we have the store to plan, a house to build, our whole lives ahead of us.

Filed under: Random


Why would you live in Washington State and not come to Summerfest?

August 6, 7 and 8, 2010
In Unincorporated Thorp, Washington 

River Floaters!
Must Reserve Space by July 31st

You are invited to join PUNCH Gallery and the artist residents of Thorp, Washington for three days of art, music, beer, river floating, studio tours, and Sunday brunch.

We’re going to start Friday evening in Ellensburg at Gallery One for the opening reception of the Kittitas County Juried Exhibition. After that, we’ll be hanging out in Thorp for the remainder of the weekend.

Map to Gallery One for First Friday Artwalk

Download Map & Schedule for Thorp events

Lost on the way?
Call Justin Beckman @ 509-306-9302
or Howard Barlow @ 509-859-3196

August 6, 7 & 8. You’re welcome to come to all or just a part of the event. You can check out the schedule of events here. Please R.S.V.P. and let us know which days and events you’ll be attending.

Use the links above for more info including the schedule, lodging and what you should bring.

Need more info? Send us an email at

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Under Siege

We are under siege. There are holes in the fence and the skunks are getting in. Justin went to warn Natalie and Tanner to not let Lula out. They just drove by on their bikes.  Porter is unharmed and I am watching the scene play out from the window as the sun sets. Soon we will not be able to see them. We will only know that they are there. Those cute stinky little fuckers.

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