It’s a miracle! One of the greatest moments in my recent life! Something I have hoped for, dreamed of, spent years praying to all the angels and goddesses about…I reunited with my little sister!!! I flew to Central California, rented a car, and drove up to the beautiful pine and oak mountains south of Yosemite…I traveled down a long, dusty road, and over a very rickety bridge (I imagined trolls lived under it!) and into the yard of the beautiful Seldom Seen Ranch where my sister and her husband greeted me with such love and hospitality!
We had the most amazing time together–it was as though we had seen each other just last week (instead of thirty years ago!) We talked for hours and hours (and HOURS!), laughed like crazy people, managed to do a few chores, and go to the San JoaquinRiver to swim and picnic with her family of amazing children, their wonderful spouses, and all the fabulous grandkids. It was utterly amazing!!!! I had such fun…
Here is her cozy cottage…She has amazing gardens…And, like me, Kim loves fairies and has them scattered around everywhere to remind her that magic abounds and miracles can happen! (A miracle DID happen–we found each other after 30 years apart!)
My sister had a HUGE DREAM–she wanted to have her own fiber business…Down Home Handspun Fibers. It took everything she had to make it come true–to find the land where she could garden and raise her goats, to buy a professional fiber mill, to commit the necessary energy every single day to feed and water the critters, garden like crazy, and start her own business (I KNOW how hard that can be!) My sister raises chickens, rabbits, horses, and very special angora goats that she shears. After she gathers the shearings, she has to get all the stickers out, wash it (sometimes several times!) in this old washer without the beater (so the wool won’t “felt”)…
And then begins the REALLY hard work of taking the fiber to her home mill–these machines are huge, costly, professional “tools” and my sister has had to sacrifice much in her life to have them.Here the fibers are torn apart and blown into a huge “poof” (that’s NOT the professional word!)…it takes hours and hours and is hot, messy, isolating work–Kim calls it the “slave” work!
And THEN my sister begins the arduous process of dying the fibers with all her organically grown flowers and herbs…in her dye shed…and FINALLY she hand spins it! It’s absolutely beautiful…but OMG what a process of pure love! Go check out her website to see more about it and to buy some fibers from her! http://downhomehandspunfibers.com
She and her mate work so hard everyday to keep their dream afloat and it’s soooo inspiring! Making a dream come true is work of pure love and utter devotion…and my sister Kim embodies that!
“Is solace anywhere more comforting than in the arms of your sister?” Alice Walker I had an incredible time–and guess what? My “little sister” patiently, lovingly taught me to kayak! I spent a whole afternoon on the San Joaquin River paddling around on the beautiful, placid water with the pine and oak studded mountains reflected in it. I saw Kingfishers, herons, and Canada geese (with babies!) and we had such a wonderful time, two sisters on our kayak adventure together! I’m soooo hooked–I want my own kayak now but my Sweetheart thinks that might be a tiny bit “impractical” in arid Tucson!
Thanks to all of you my wonderful friends who encouraged and supported me about taking this big adventure…thanks to my Beloved for making it possible…but, most of all, THANK YOU KIM for being my wonderful sister and sharing your life with me. I LOVE YOU with all my heart!
Sisters are forever friends!
P.S. Please use my sister as your inspiration too–if you have a BIG DREAM throw your heart and your soul and your SWEAT EQUITY into it and make it come true!!!© Copyright Kaitlin Meadows. All Rights Reserved.