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The Last Three Months in Pictures

By: Everett S
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The last three months have been wonderful, but full of things that trumped posting on Living a Simple Life. Having recently become close friends with a photographer, I thought the best way to play catch-up and save a few thousand words would be with pictures. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into my lovely and simple roller-coaster life over the last few months. I have. However, it is not without some relief that I can begin looking forward to settling into a bit of a routine after next month, which will hopefully involve more regular posting about what’s going on at the new property.

Fields of Green

After we made the decision to separate and sell the house I wanted to get some pictures of me and my son just spending one last warm day on "the farm" together.

Father and Son

Something inside was nagging me to get professional pictures of Waylon before we left that property. I wanted to capture him in that time and place just being himself. Now that I think about it, there were probably other reasons this idea kept nagging me to make it happen.

hayloft

Sitting in this exact spot several months ago, watching the sunset after a long day in the office, I experienced a total breakdown, followed by a total surrender, followed by total bliss. All together it only lasted about five minutes, but I was a different person afterwards - not entirely different, but just to the point of realizing I was the cause of all of my stress through my own choices, such as forcing square pegs into round holes, or buying a quarter-million dollar property (what was I THINKING?). And here I was, sitting in that same spot with Waylon, on yet another day that was to change the course of my life.

Audrey Rasta Hat

This is the photographer who took these pictures. I'd met Audrey briefly over the summer while visiting one of the local farms where she worked at the time. I knew she had a knack for capturing the sort of spontaneous, natural moments I was looking to record and remember with Waylon. Such as...

glee

This is pure joy. Oh, but if we could only feel this way as adults... Right?

clyde-waylon-everett

I used to let Waylon sit behind the wheel of my truck as we drove to the top of the pasture where this photo was taken. He loved it. He loves trucks and tractors. Clyde only just made the move to my cabin this week, but he seems really happy here already.

Waylon starting my truck.

I let Waylon drive back down.

cabin snow

Fond memories of this cabin.

Getting my geek on.

I pick up a decent wifi signal at the cabin, which allows me to make a living when the laptop battery is charged enough. Oh, and I have to wear reading glasses now.

audrey-eyeliner

Something tells me there are going to be lots of photos this year.

Snow and Audrey

We had a week of non-stop rain followed by a week of non-stop ice, snow and sun. It has been a beautiful winter here in southwest Virginia. I can't think of any place I'd rather be.

cofee-stove

I heat water for coffee and do some light cooking on this wood stove, which also supplies all the heat we need (more than enough!)

propane-cooking

Most of the cooking is done on this propane camp stove though.

breakfast

I'm not eating as fresh, local, organic, healthy, etc... as I'd like to but most of the time things turn out pretty well given what I have to work with.

everett-ralaxing

I cashed in some 401ks and took a few months off of work to make some major changes in my life. I'm selling my dream farm. I am getting divorced. I dropped to part-time at work. I moved into a tiny cabin and am buying another, much cheaper, property next to the best neighbor I can imagine. I went to a ten-day meditation course. I finally got started on that book I've been talking about writing for three years. I started dating someone who reminds me so much of myself it is... uncanny. Yes, a lot has been going on around here. But I'm not stressed about it anymore.

Everett Sizemore
looking-up

Let fate/God/Universe/Tao or chance sort it all out for awhile; the right side of my brain is taking a much needed nap.

snowpig
baigh

...Waylon, my constant reminder that the present moment is the only moment. As he would say with his cute little southern gentleman accent: Baigh!

Fields of GreenFather and SonhayloftAudrey Rasta HatgleeI used to let Waylon sit behind the wheel of my truck as we drove to the top of the pasture where this photo was taken. He loved it. He loves trucks and tractors. Clyde only just made the move to my cabin this week, but he seems really happy here already.Waylon starting my truck.cabin snowGetting my geek on.Something tells me there are going to be lots of photos this year.Snow and AudreyI heat water for coffee and do some light cooking on this wood stove, which also supplies all the heat we need (more than enough!)Most of the cooking is done on this propane camp stove though.I'm not eating as fresh, local, organic, healthy, etc... as I'd like to but most of the time things turn out pretty well given what I have to work with.I cashed in some 401ks and took a few months off of work to make some major changes in my life. I'm selling my dream farm. I am getting divorced. I dropped to part-time at work. I moved into a tiny cabin and am buying another, much cheaper, property next to the best neighbor I can imagine. I went to a ten-day meditation course. I finally got started on that book I've been talking about writing for three years. I started dating someone who reminds me so much of myself it is... uncanny. Yes, a lot has been going on around here. But I'm not stressed about it anymore.Everett SizemoreLet fate/God/Universe/Tao or chance sort it all out for awhile; the right side of my brain is taking a much needed nap.snowpig...Waylon, my constant reminder that the present moment is the only moment. As he would say with his cute little southern gentleman accent: Baigh!

 

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  1. Anna says:

    Almost worth waiting three months for such a beautiful photo essay. :-) I’m glad things are finally starting to work out and you’re finding peace!

  2. Lisa says:

    I agree with Anna. That is a fabulous photo essay and each photo triggered an emotional response on my part. I can’t recall I ever saw you that happy when we worked together. You truly look happy … with your son, with your little peace of heaven, with your life in general. Very few people truly get to experience a happy life of their choosing … I hope/prayer you revel in every moment (which does mean more photos, yes).

    Keep up the good life, my friend!!

  3. Lisa says:

    P.S. If you don’t mind me saying so, you sure are a handsome devil! ;)

  4. Everett says:

    Lisa it’s all about the photography. A good camera goes a long way. ;-)

    Indeed, I am blessed to be able to live a life of my choosing. Opportunities and gifts of all sorts have been placed before me and it is a humbling experience when you recognize something like that. Sure I’ve worked hard and have taken risks, but I have also been very, VERY fortunate. I’ve never felt so much gratitude in all of my life. Sometimes if we don’t want to change tracks life has a way of derailing the train for us. I am thankful that my train derailed. I am thankful that the life I was living came crashing down because it wasn’t “my life” at all.

    PS: Do you still talk with the folks from work?

  5. John says:

    I know you say all that has happened has been more or less for the better; still, I can’t help but feel sad when I hear a family is no longer.

    Life is like a road taking us in many directions. I pray that the road you have taken brings you comfort and the realization that as simple as we would like life to be, it’s just not always that simple when we invite others to join us on our ride through life.

    Your next journey has begun; may it bring fulfillment and peace to your life.

    Best wishes.

  6. Everett says:

    John I appreciate your kind words. Yes, it is sad to think about at times. Thank you for understanding, but not judging.

    As for realizing that the simple life isn’t always so simple – I think I have my Ph.D. in that subject by now.

    Peace to you and yours.

    Everett

  7. Dear Everett,
    I am reading Anna Hess’book from the local library
    and believe this will be a nice addition to my
    own library of reference!I am so glad she mentioned
    your website or I would never have known it existed.
    Best of luck to you in your new venture.What a life you have lived,one many people would love to
    try on for size.I am slowly heading that way,along
    with my husband,Fred.We love growing pumpkins to sell and do this on a very small scale,although the joy I feel when a pumpkin”finds a new home”
    is unsurpassed!Hopefully,this doesn’t sound too far out there,but it is how I feel,thank goodness!
    One day closer to spring.Sincerely,Sharon/Ohio

  8. Everett says:

    Hello Sharon,

    I grew up in Cincinnati. :-)

    Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you like Anna’s book. She is one of my heroes.

    Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Sometimes it seems like you’re taking the slow road, but it’s the journey that matters anyway.

    Regards,

    Everett

  9. MJC says:

    Big changes lately, E!
    I’m just now catching up on your blog.
    I wish you peace; seems like you’re feeling it and have an Attitude of Gratitude — that will never steer you wrong. And with that POV, life can in fact feel pretty simple. :)

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