They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’m happy to share with you my life in pictures, as well as a bunch of words to go with it.
Tycen aka “Doc”
To know me, you have to know my other half, my boyfriend and best friend, Tycen Blucher. He is my biggest supporter and always knows how to pick me up when I’m feeling down. He knows just what to say at the right time. For the past 16 years, I have always known that I can count on him. He is my “ride or die”, and I don’t know what I would do without him.
To me, he is “Doc” which is
He has taught me a lot of life lessons that he learned through his time in the Army and has taught me a lot about myself and my ability to overcome adverse situations (like my TBI) because he has never stopped believing in me.
The Hyde Farm
The Hyde Farm is the family farm of my Grandfather, Milton Hyde’s family. It is a 35ish acre property down here on the peninsula in Pasadena, Maryland. My grandfather never was fond of the place because he always said it was “nothing but a hassle”.
I feel very differently about the place. I learned how to hunt, climbed my first tree stand and took my first deer on that property. I drove my jeep around in the snow and the mud. Took my dogs out antler hunting. It is one of the only other significant pieces of open property left in this area.
Unfortunately, It won’t be in our family forever, as the taxes are preventing us from keeping it. I feel so lucky for the time I have spent there. I will always feel a connection to my Grandaddy when I think about the Hyde Farm. It will be hard to see it subdivided and developed. In my mind’s eye, it will always look the way it does right now and I will have fond memories.
Ricky Holt (My Brother)
I guess it would not be fair if I didn’t introduce you to my brother since I have already introduced you to my nephews, his two adorable boys. To say my brother and I were cut from a different cloth would be putting it lightly. Our personalities are very different, though the family resemblance can’t be denied.
My brother did ride horses from time to time when we were kids, but they were never his thing. He has always enjoyed farm life and agriculture. As a kid, he spent hours fishing with my Dad (though I hate to admit it, he is a way better at me than fishing. I got one up on him though since I still go fishing regularly and he doesn’t). He would wander around the farm properties looking for snakes and hitting things with sticks.
Ricky followed in my dad’s footsteps and works in the Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks. Though we aren’t close like we used to be, he is my brother, so you can’t know my life without knowing about him.
Ricky’s current endeavor is raising grass-fed beef cattle and dairy goats. He has set up a nice little farm property to do this right across the street from our family farm.