Angle of Repose

Hmmmm, now where is my riding writing saddle? I can’t seem to locate it. It’s hard to get back into the saddle of things when it’s gone missing. Meanwhile, I hope I don’t forget how to type. But to be honest, I’m not feeling too sorry for my keyboard, because my bees, cows, chickens, grandgirls, and gardens are getting lots of attention these days. Also, my bike, the one I bought 35 years ago when my oldest was a toddler. Oh, and wildflower walks. Slow food. Naps. Tree planting—apricots and honey crisp apples. Campfires—I created a fire pit in the shade of my garden shed with two comfy Adirondack chairs for hubby and me (and visiting grandgirls). And kitty cat Jasper. And I built a chicken coop on my office balcony for Hilda and Matilda, two adorable, mellow Cochin Bantams who give me exactly two delicious eggs every day. Hilda and Matilda (named after my great-granny Hilda Matilda Stevens) get pampered with bowls of fresh milk from my cows, apples (they like Honey Crisp better than Gala), fresh worms I find while gardening, sunflower seeds, polenta, and wheat grass that I grow on lunch trays (future magazine show-n-tell). Slow. I’m in the slow lane, girlfriends. It’s been a long time coming. I’m finding my angle of repose (the steepest angle of descent relative to the horizontal plane to which a material can be piled without slumping), and it’s feeling mighty comfy.

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  1. Lorraine Hess says:

    Congrats, Mary Jane! We all need to take a breather & enjoy just being. I have to get away in the camper so I’ll slow down but, that’s just fine with me.

  2. Rae Best says:

    If doing all of that is your slow lane, I think I would seriously fear your fast lane. Lol

  3. Chrissy says:

    Glad you’re back. We all could use a slower pace.

  4. Kay Berg says:

    Thank you for sending this email. It is the first time I have been on this site and love it. I have been reading your magazine for years and love it. I also have been given two of your books which are treasures to read over and over, much as I do with your magazines.

  5. Carrie Williams says:

    Good for you 🌺☀️ Enjoy!!

  6. Joan Hendrix says:

    I love reading about this new way of being. I myself entered into it quite unexpectedly and abruptly. Not a smooth transition. Thus, I’ve had some difficulty. Spent a lot of (way too much) time disappointed in myself. Not good. Clawing my way back now, I hope. Keep up the good work! You are inspiring, as always!

  7. Denise says:

    It’s always good to spend time in the slow lane. Refreshing mind and spirit. You are busy even when you slow down! It is wonderful for all of us to spend time enjoying life and loved ones or really, what is the point? So glad to have you back!

  8. Cathy Burton says:

    It’s been a long time! 1998 or 99? I came (with my 2 girls) to visit my supplier of organic backpack meals when I worked for Mountain Safety Research, glad to hear you have grandchildren and doing so well, here’s to many more!! Fellow Utahan!!

  9. Heidi Thieman says:

    Mary Jane! I feel I know You! I love your books and i have been buying duplicates and gifting them to other girls in my life who also are kindred spirits. Lots of love, Heidi

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