May 5 is the day for radical/progressive bloggers to blog about what makes us happy, let our hair down, go barhopping at one another's blogs and exclaim over how much we like each other, then head over to brownfemipower's for whatever. Rock!
Things that make me happy!
This is a shot of my 2004 garden. I am fortunate to have a small farm, 6.5 acres, which I was able to buy courtesy of the Religious Right, whom I sued the pants off of in 1997, which is a story that does NOT make me happy or put a smile on my face, except that I sued them and I won! In federal court! That was one of the happiest moments of my life.
Anyway, this was one of the best gardens I have ever had. I spend many, many hours out there every spring, summer and fall. I garden organically and sustainably in a garden space of about 40 x 100 feet and grow herbs, vegetables, fruit, and lots of flowers. I also have a small orchard with cherry, apple, pear and elderberry trees.
My sheep make me SO happy!
I have been raising sheep since 1991 now and I love it.
Here's a picture of the first sheepies we had with Emily and Naomi when they were little girls, ah! They are so grown up now, 15 and 17.
I am a vegetarian and we don't eat our babies. Mostly I love and enjoy them. I do shear them, and I wash, card and use their wool in various ways. I have a spinning wheel, but I am not really a spinner yet. All in due time!
My radical kids make me happy!
These are two of my daughters, Emily, 17, and Hosanna, 19. We participated in the handoff of the Global Women's Charter from the U.S. to Canada last spring as part of a World March of Women action. Hosanna created our amazing sign.
We staged a protest immediately following Katrina and Emily created this image of one of the photos we took:
My cats make me so happy, I have 11 of them, but alas, no current photos!
Good tawny port makes me happy, the music of Nedra Johnson makes me ecstatic — more on that later on today — the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival makes me happy, and all of my many feminist transgressions make me happy, damnit, it's true.
I will write more about them later. Gotta start somewhere!