Plotting, Planning and Wondering How to Do it All


| 4/26/2016 9:01:00 AM


Tags: spring gardens, farm chores, spring cleaning, Mary Murray,

Windy Meadows FarmI always approach spring with a topsy-turvy feeling. I love the break wintertime provides ... a slowing of farm chores and the anticipation of school snow days, a crackling fire and endless movie marathons with the kids. And although it is definitely time to do away with the dust bunnies, I wonder how I'll fit it all in ... trimming, tilling, planting, weeding, mowing, raking. How will I balance both the indoor and outdoor must-do's?

I plot. I plan. I obsess.

And yet today, as the temperature warmed up to 80 degrees, I stopped, and took the time to let it all sink in. The farmers were in their fields, and the scent of freshly-turned earth was in the air. Soon it was paired with the fragrance of just-mowed grass. Honeybees were buzzing around our peach blossoms, and as I looked closer, they were loaded down with the prettiest pink pollen.

We are so blessed to be caretakers of this farm. For over 152 years it has stood, first as a dairy farm, then as a horse farm. These days a gaggle of goats, chickens, honeybees, barn cats, and a faithful guard dog call it home.

Oh sure, there is still much to do, and the work never seems to be completely done, but my mother-in-law gently encourages me to remember, this is the best time of my life. She's right ... it's quiet moments like these when I fully appreciate what's around me.

And yes, I will still fret about all that needs doing, but for today, I dusted off my garden journal, and I'm plotting and planning a few new flower gardens around this old house.




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