Saturday, April 21, 2012

I've Been Thinking

I need to start by saying that we had a picture perfect day here in the Ozarks.  The temp was a mild 73 degrees, cloudless skies and very light breeze.  Not bad, eh? 

We, as a family, spent the bulk of the day out of doors, performing menial tasks around the homestead.  The first thing we did was to move the cattle "back home" from across the road.  Our small paddocks have recovered nicely from the forced over grazing that occured last year due to the drought.  That went well, although the cows had to take a little trip around the house before going into the paddock.

Otherwise it was a very typical Saturday around here.  My lovely wife spent the day in the garden, preparing and planting to keep her family fed.  The kids and I put our new log splitter to good use and got a bunch of wood split and stacked for next winter.  My wife and I planted a couple of Goji bushes in a corner of one of the paddocks in keeping with our sustainable, permaculture course of action.  I have decided to let all the corners of the paddocks "go" with growth of various plants and herbs for food value to us, the animals and the wild thins like rabbits, birds and bugs.  It is that way in God's creation and so it should be on the farm.

Now to the title of this post.  My wife was working diligently in the garden when I walked by.  She stood up and said, I've been thinking...

Those few words usually mean more work for me.  They are usually followed by their cousin words like, what if we did this over there...?  or, why don't we do that in the area over there...? 

Sure enough, it was as I suspected.  Truly, I don't mind so much, after all, it is about keeping us all fed.  Really, these thypes of ideas she comes up with are all about survival.  In order to survive natural disasters or government meltdown you need to have a plan.  My wife's are ususally pretty darn good, so I go along.  I'm the labor behind the brains, you see.

SO, what's going on in your neck of the woods?


Gorges Smythe said...

Only a few minutes a day spent well is a major accomplishment for me. After taking my wife to the Chinese Emporium for a couple hours of memorizing bar-codes, I took her and the dog for a ride. All I ended up doing was to gather a few tires together for a couple potato hill and water the two new apple trees. (Our rain was scant here.) Good music!

Carolyn Renee said...

That's exactly what my husband would say about my "I've been thinking...." pre-spheel about something I'd like to do :)

So, what WAS the topic about?

We also spent the entire day outside, it was indeed a beautiful Ozark spring day!

Scott Kronabetter said...

I'm with you Scott, when she says I've been thinking, it is usually a pretty good idea. It's all part of God's perfect plan for us. Thanks for this post.

Scott or Pam said...

You know Scott, she usually does come up with some good ones. It causes me a lot more work, but it usually turns out great and we're glad we did it.