I confess: I’m so glad the Holiday season is over. Well, except for New Year’s Eve, which I like to celebrate with a plate of cheese, good bread and wine--at home. I don’t like to go out because I don’t like crowds and I like drunk crowds even less.
I like to take stock of the previous year on New Year’s Eve and make plans for the upcoming year. I’ve got so many dreams for Buttermilk Creek Farm and my new life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. But dreams are different than plans. Now it the time I take a hard look at turning dreams into plans. After all, my micro-dairy farm and new cheese business used to be nothing more than a dream.
With each passing day, week, month, and year, I’m further and further away from the heartache of the past. Not that I will ever forget it. It’s just that time heals. It really does. I try not to look backward too much--the only good purpose it serves it to show yourself you made it, you moved away from the heartache and are moving forward. I try to keep my gaze on the horizon.
I have big plans for my cheese, my farm, and my cows. Here’s hoping! (And working VERY hard!)
Have a wonderful New Year!
Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of the Buttermilk Creek Mysteries, Cora Crafts Mysteries and the Cumberland Creek Mysteries. Her books have been selected as finalists for an Agatha Award and a Daphne du Maurier Award and as a Top 10 Beach Reads by Woman's World. She has also been short-listed for the Virginia Library People's Choice Award. She lives in Waynesboro, Va.