Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Dear Friends-

I've been away and now I'm back, but only to say farewell. I've been away getting some help with my rheumatoid arthritis and have come home with a renewed trust in my own intuitions, which have been telling me for some time that I need to regroup, and refocus my reflective and creative energies inward for a while. And so, after five years, one week and one day, I am going to say goodbye.

I have loved writing this blog. For quite a while I did it just to tell my family about our adventures as we moved to Mucky Boots and figured out how to grow vegetables and raise chickens. And tried to overcome perfectionism, and learned how to accept the miraculous gifts of Mother Nature. And then you began to find your way here and this blog became, for me, a small community of kind-hearted, adventurous, wise and inquisitive friends. You have given me a reason to look more carefully for the small and precious moments, and to think more deeply about my days here and what they mean to me, and for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Goodbye, my friends, and remember: don't let the muck get higher than your boots!



Karla said...

I have so enjoyed getting a glimpse of your life on Mucky Boots Farm! Thank you for taking the time to share with all of us. I wish you joy!
Take Care, Karla

Doc said...

I will miss your blog posts and the occasional update of my favorite "Odd Hector".....I wish you both health and happiness.

Alison said...

Oh, I will miss you, Kim and all your various critters. I totally understand your departure, and hope both your arthritis and your sinuses treat you well. Thanks for taking the time to say goodbye.

And did I mention I'll miss you? :)

Shim Farm said...

Nooooo! Say it ain't so!

I am so sad that you have decided to stop writing about life at Mucky Boots, but I understand. I hope you manage to find relief from the pain of arthritis.

In the interim, I'll continue to wonder about how you and Kim are faring on the other side of the country. Should you ever find yourselves in Montreal, our home is your home.


k said...

I am sorry to see you go. I have enjoyed the stories and pictures from Mucky Boots Farm. Best wishes.

Stephanie said...

Sorry to see you go. Enjoyed reading your blog. Good wishes for you.

Unknown said...

Hey Miriam, your posts were so uncommonly down to earth, hopeful, and rich. Always a gift in the middle of an ordinary day. I will miss them greatly. Come back and start writing them again soon! Much love, Jimbo

Kara said...

Oh! I'll so miss Mucky Boots updates! :( I'll definitely be thinking of you and Miriam and sending good thoughts. In fact, I just thought of you the other day when I was wearing my ubiquitous black puffy vest and pondering investing in a few additional colors..... :)

Paula said...

I am sad to see you go, but I get it.

I have to tell you though (if I haven't already) that a good friend of mine was diagnosed with RA in her mid-twenties, so while I can't really know what you go through with it, I certainly understand how it gets in the way. In her case, it frequently got in the way of wanting to be alive. However, her rheumatologist treated it like a cancer- there was a while there when Jenni was going periodically on Fridays to get chemotherapy and then feel like shit the rest of the weekend (on top of her flareups). Needless to say she was pretty miserable. But the good news is that she stuck it out and this guy put her RA in remission!!

Not that I want you to suffer the side effects, I hope you can get some good help and can get better. I also hope that you'll check in with me every once in awhile.

Good luck- love-

Anonymous said...

Miriam, I'm sad to hear this, especially as it seems to be a pattern in so many of the blogs that have kept me company over these last few years...including my own!

But I understand. Mostly I am very grateful that our blogs introduced us to each other, and I'll look forward to hearing more about your adventures in person. Life offline! Who knew?!



Lindsey at NW Backyard Veggies said...


But, I know where you are coming from on this and wholeheartedly agree/support/generally just think you are awesome.

It's been a pleasure peeping into your life, lady. And I'm so glad I found your blog and got to know you. Take care of you and your lovely farm full of good people and animals.

Come visit me periodically on the interwebs, won't you?


jeanives said...

Welcome home. :-)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hello Miriam! I was going through my blog list and thought I would stop by to see what I've missed--And I see I've missed your leaving. I am sorry to see you go, but understand and respect those reasons. I struggle to keep my blogging going, and don't know how much longer I will keep with it. But I have so enjoyed getting to know you and getting those glimpses into your life. You've been so kind in your comments and support and I've appreciated and needed that--Thank-you. I will miss your posts, and hope you will remember that you have a friend in northern Virginia. If you are ever in the area of Washington DC, please let me know, maybe we can meet for a cup of coffee--My treat!! Take care, and all my very, very best to you and Kim and the rest at Mucky Boots!!!

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

Oh... my comment evaporated.
I had your post open on my computer all day, and was too sad to know what to say. Sad because I want you to be well, and sad because I do not want you to go away from this space, and sad because maybe I have not expressed how much I enjoy our visits, and your blog and knowing you this way. Be well, and take care, and know that I will miss you. I am teary just thinking of missing you.

Linda said...

Hi Miriam, what a shame you are leaving, as I just discovered your blog today. Hello from Montreal!

Joleen said...

I'll miss you and the stories and updates, but I'm very happy that you're doing what you feel is right for you and taking care of yourself. Be well and happy. said...

I'm sorry that you are leaving. I check in from time to time, but haven't been here in a while. As a sufferer of two AI diseases, I know how you feel. I wish you weren't going, as I have loved reading your blog and my visits with your beautiful property. Good luck, and you will be missed.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

I have so enjoyed my visits back and forth, each time I leave your blog I have learned something new about living with nature.

I hope your RA becomes less life-changing, and your struggles become easier.

You will be missed dear bloggy friend :(
Hugs to you both.

Unknown said...

Dear Miriam,
Thank you so much for sharing your story, beautiful photographs, wisdom and wonderful sense of humor!

I stumbled across your blog as I was searching for a photo to show my husband how we need to outfit our new brooder. I am addicted!

I do understand the need to take a pause though so I wish you and Kim all the best! I will still visit, and revisit often to enjoy, and enjoy again, your wonderful photos and stories!

Jamie Walton
Menlo Park, CA... 51... and working on getting to our own little farm very very soon. :-D

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hi Miriam! I know you're no longer blogging, but I hope you get this message anyway--I have wanted to tell you that my aconite bloomed for the first time this spring, and I was so happy and excited about it! You may recall that you were the one who told me what the bright yellow blooms were that I so enjoyed at my last home, and wanted at Golden Pines -- And you were the one who told me where I could get it, thank-you for that! I have a feeling that I will always fondly remember you each spring when it blooms. I so hope you and Kim and everyone at Mucky Boots Farm are well! Take care, and thank-you again for the memories I have of your friendship and kindness.

Stephen Andrew said...

I just have to admit that I still check here every so often in hopes that you've picked it back up! Hello! And I hope your gardens are looking gorgeous and you're mostly enjoying them and occasionally weeding...rather than the other way around :)

Shim Farm said...

Maybe, just maybe, you still check your comments from time to time, and are happy to discover a new one! I still have Mucky Boots bookmarked and admit to venturing over to check for an update, sigh.

Hope you and Kim are faring well on the opposite coast of our fine country. I think about you and your little homestead, and all the projects you are working on. I hope you're both in great health and enjoying all that retirement has to offer.

All the best in the New Year from your virtual yet real friends at Shim Farm.

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