Daddy always says the weather that comes in on the Equinox will be the weather we have for spring. Spring is a few days hence but… Mother Nature and Father Time are sending rain tomorrow followed by sleety snow and low temps…just in case I might have forgotten the horrors of last month.
Patrice, Everyday Rurality (almost typed Reality -grin-) is hosting Number 130 Chats on the Front Porch; her questions, my answers.
1. If you’re in the USA, does the time change mess you up? Absolutely and I despise DST. I don’t know of any farmers, or folks who live close to the land, who like DST. It’s difficult for bodies, human and animal, to acclimate and I’m not sure we ever do acclimate. We just bear under, plow through and wait for sun time to return.
2. Do you usually drink a beverage with your meals? Yes, it varies between water, milk, sweet ice tea (as we say in the South) or wine.
3. How often do you iron clothes? When needed and as necessary. When I travel, I wear man-made fibers but, at all other times, I wear natural fibers and am partial, as you might imagine, to wool. . I’ve found a toss in the dryer, with a wet washcloth, will, usually, rid the garment of wrinkles. Well, that and being spread over my large frame, which helps as well -lol-.
4. When was the last time you took an enjoyable walk? Today was lovely so I took two walks, morning and afternoon, in the pasture. The dogs and I thoroughly enjoyed it and plan to do it each and ever day, weather permitting. When weather doesn’t permit, I’ll take a few turns on the stationary bicycle.
5. Tell me whatever you’d like to share with us. The fire in the wood stove died out so will be laid, ready to be lit, when the weather turns. Yesterday, someone asked what would I do when the farm sold. The plan is to move closer to family, in central VA and almost four hundred miles away, but to another farm. My strong as an ox nephew told me, “Sissie (my family nickname), you just get down here and I’ll take care of everything else.” As the Bible admonishes, “a good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.” Dave and I had no children so my plan is to leave an inheritance for my nephews and their children.
In my attempt to find a house cleaner, I spoke with someone who said she’s a widow of some five years. One thing she said was, “There are days I scream I WANT MY OLD LIFE BACK!” It stunned me because I’ve never said that but with my entire being I’ve lived it these past two plus years. I, too, want my old life back but it ain’t happening so moving on, no longer standing still, seems to be the order of the day. I’ve been watching the Lord Peter Wimsey DVD’s and one line jumped out at me, “One would wake up and there would be a whole day of jolly things to do!” Lord Peter said this as he was contemplating marriage to Harriet Vane and it’s how I lived with Dave. We’d wake each morning with an entire day full of jolly things to do! My day is still full of jolly things to do, it’s just they come disguised as hard work -lol- but, it beats an office cubicle, don’t you agree?
Yes, I do work dreadfully hard but it’s work I love. Each morning I get up and, as I told my Mother, “set about wondering which fire to put out first.” Even so, I love my life, my animals, this farm and consider it all privilege and joy to tend to these few acres and these animals. Winter is brutally hard, due to weather, but it’s still a beautiful place to live and work. I don’t mean to complain but want to be honest if, for no other reason, those among you who pray, know how to pray for me. And thank ye. Thank ye very much.
A few days ago, we had a nocturnal visitor, during daylight hours, who spent considerable time up a tree in order to avoid the dogs. Generally, my first thought is rabies but I think this little one was hungry and in an ill humor. S/he kept hissing at me, like I was going to climb the tree and bother it. HA! Winter has been hard and food sources are scarce and animals are being driven off the mountain, out of the forest, seeking food. The dogs kept watch for an hour or so, then enthusiasm wore off, they lost interest and came inside; the raccoon scampered down the tree, backwards, and left, no harm done.
Nine days until spring…please Lord, let it be gentle with us.
Blessings ~ enjoyable work for hands and heart ~ a good walk ~ inheritance for family ~ a possible house cleaner ~