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Change is Inevitable...

The flower farm didn't work.  And truthfully, now that I take a step back...I'm not sure it was supposed to.  It was certainly a good idea...but maybe not the right one for me.  The failure of it all, knocked me to my knees.  It was a great plan but I've mourned its loss and moved on.   I'm concentrating on what I CAN DO.  What part of Brave Acre can I bring into the world at this time? God led me to the Aromatherapy class I had been wanting to take for ten years. This helped me to decide to pivot my focus to what was supposed to be phase two of the farm...the Apothecary Shop.  I've been making soap...

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The Return To Myself...

I had forgotten myself.   For over a year and a half, after my gallbladder surgery, I had opened the door up to unhealthy eating habits again.  And, over time they had only gotten worse.  I went from somehow ignoring the sugar laden, heavily processed foods to picking them up and adding them into my grocery cart.  What happened to me?  I believe in good, clean food.  I've seen the benefits in my own life and health.  How could I go backwards?  How could I harm and damage my body further when I know the truth about the destruction this food and lifestyle brings?  It brought me high blood pressure, diabetes, a hundred pounds of excess fat that damaged my...

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The Farm Store

I'm not sure what to call this place...farm store, gift shop, bouquet barn... I'm not quite sure what words encompass all that this tiny retail space is becoming.  It is a meeting place, a community gathering, a retail space of carefully curated items, a peaceful experience, a positive environment.  At least, these are the things I want it to be. This 12x16 brick and mortar building is being turned into the retail shop of my dreams, slowly & surely.  My whole life I've dreamed of this place.  At first, I wanted my own shop in some tucked away little downtown nearby but quickly realized that I much preferred to work from home.  I assumed that this newfound realization about my character...

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Am I a farmer?

Fall is here.  I've been watching with child-like eyes as the leaves slowly begin to turn bright reds and pale yellows.  I love this time of year and welcome the relief from the smothering heat of summer.   I'm excited to take advantage of the cooler temperatures to get a few projects underway here on the farm.  The first is a small kitchen garden located next to our patio area.  I love the idea of walking right out my back door and picking fresh herbs for a meal.  I guess you could call this our potager garden. Potager is a French term for an ornamental vegetable or kitchen garden.  Often flowers (edible and non-edible) and herbs are planted with the vegetables to...

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Welcome to Brave Acre...

For over 20 years, I’ve been searching...searching for that perfect career, perfect home, perfect everything...you know, the thing that I was good at, meant to do, meant to be. We’ve all been there, right? Asking ourselves, “What is my purpose? What am I supposed to be doing with my life?” Although I enjoyed all the different avenues life took me down; photography, soap making, raising butterflies, graphic design, etc. (I could name so many more...but that would get kind of embarrassing. 😂😏) nothing EVER really fulfilled me.

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