This year was a mess for me. After losing my career job being pegged a scapegoat for powerful monied interests bent on getting a blood-sacrifice— I spent most of my time working multiple non-career related jobs like an indentured servant. That wasn’t enough— I’ve also been blackballed by certain entities in my field… so dozens of applications and interviews, and nothing to show for it. It is cutthroat business and politics around here unfortunately. No good deed goes unpunished, and all bad behavior will be rewarded.
I almost lost my mountain property to foreclosure, but am coming back from the brink. One of my employers recently decided to pay me better and bring me on full-time, so the future is brighter. If I had lost that property, it would have broken my heart. I had been preparing myself psychologically in case such a horrible thing came to pass. Luckily, that outcome has been narrowly avoided.
I’ve missed you all. I really appreciate the positive messages I’ve received over the past several months. I will try to respond to those as I am able.
I worked so many hours, and for such low pay, that I had almost no time to visit the mountain orchard this year. I harvested almost nothing, and suffered storm blowdowns and other damage that I could not properly address. It rained here like End of Days from July all the way through September- just terrible.
My only consolation is that I still own both of my properties, and am finally pulling out of what was a financial nosedive.
I refuse to give up. My efforts will meet with success someday. I will never stop working to make next year a better year for me and my family.
I did get a few blueberries and figs from around the house— special treasures. I’ll share them with you.
Brunswick blueberry on July 2:
Steve’s Brown Turkey fig - Aug 14 - this was a good one:
Battaglia Green fig (small) and Staten Island Bomb (large)- October 7: