Hey! I’m Chelsea Anne. I’ve decided to update my About page so that its a bit more direct. Without further ado, here’s 10 things to know about me:
- My husband and I grew up together, dated on and off, and were married in 2011. Since then we’ve had three daughters, whom we named Celeste (age 5), Rosa Maeve (age 3) and Guinevere (age 1). I am home with them full time, which is horrible and incredible.
- Sometimes I mention Grove Ladder Farm on this blog, which is both our home and our family business. We raise chickens, ducks and turkeys on ten acres of fresh green pasture. Our family spends a lot of time selling our goods at nearby farmer’s markets, which is a total delight.
- I am a Catholic revert, which is a misleading term because it sort of implies that I returned to a religion that I once practiced. That is not the case: I was baptized Catholic but spent the majority of my spiritual life practicing paganism and other new agey stuff.
- My girlhood was a total smorgasbord of differing cultural and class experiences. There’s too much to sum up in a single bullet point: the important takeaway is that it made me a very peculiar adult.
- I secretly love home-making, in spite of my identity as a feminist. I spend an inordinate amount of time sweeping and tidying (it actually hinders my progress as a writer, which isn’t a good thing). I’m also a master-level thrifter with a small gallery wall to prove my prowess as a Goodwill art collector. My farmhouse is full of strange antiques, gilded frames, and velvety thrones.
- I occasionally swear on this blog, which is an issue for some of my more conservative readers. (And yet they don’t stop reading.)
- I attended a glorious women’s college in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Being born into a sparkly, matrilineal family certainly created a predilection for fabulosity. Four years at a historic girl’s school in the South took it to a whole new level.
- My hobbies used to include reading feminist theory, guessing the astrological signs of popular rappers, playing the Celtic folk harp, and spinning yarn on my spinning wheel. Now I have no hobbies (thanks a lot, parenthood).
- I’m pretty passionate about women’s health. I used to work locally as a doula and childbirth educator. All of my daughters were born at home with the help of trained midwifes, which was horrible and incredible, as I am wont to say. Their birth stories are on this blog somewhere.
- I used to be a secret cat person, but ever since we began keeping Great Pyrenees dogs as livestock guardians to our flocks, I’m on team dog. No one is more surprised by this than me! Great Pyrs have an aloof personality that suits me.
You can read more here about the title of this blog and how it came to be.
Thank you for visiting! Sparkle forth, y’all.