Saturday, September 26, 2009

A day on the farm...

Musings from the Greenhabilitator...

Today I'm taking a cue from Green Bean, who enjoyed the sound of silence earlier this week. At the moment, I'm actually enjoying the sounds of sleepy little feet waking up and pitter-pattering around on the wood floors; and the tick-tick-tick of our heater which I finally turned on when our indoor temperature hit 61 degrees this week.

It's been a crazy-busy week and today I plan to enjoy a silent car that will be sitting in the driveway all day and a silent mind that isn't worried about deadlines or appointments or a list of things that must be accomplished.

We've already had our first snow here in Colorado this week, which made me realize that we have no hat, gloves, or scarf for our newly adopted little girl. I love that our thinking has changed so much over the past few years that I never once thought "Crap, I'm going to have to break the Compact to get some snow gear."

Instead I put a call out on Freecycle where I got two offers, hit the local thrift store where I found gloves and a scarf for $0.50 each, and dug into my fabric stash to make a few things from some fleece I already had.

Today, instead of working, rushing around taking kids to/from school, running errands, grocery shopping, or doing anything else we feel obligated to do, we'll be working on the farm (aka at our house) doing the things we'd rather be doing like getting the garden and greenhouse ready for fall, doing a little sewing, and repairing the "bear proof" trash bin (which apparently needs to be made from kryptonite).


Its a little ironic to me that, a few years ago, I would have looked at this list, grunted, and thought "Why do we have all these chores we have to do???" Now I see it as part of a lifestyle. Maintaining our garden and greenhouse allow us to grow some of the food we'd normally buy. The sewing projects (snack bags and sandwich wraps for the kids) give me some creative time to myself and help us avoid disposable plastic bags. And, rather than running out to buy a newly manufactured, expensive, bear-proof trash can, rebuilding our trash corral gives Mr. Greenhabilitator a reason to act all manly and play with his power tools. Rrrrrrr....

Hope you're all enjoying a wonderful weekend!

4 comments:

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

Holy freakin' cow! Is that really a bear in your yard??!!! There's such a thing as a bear proof trash can??!! And you talk about it so nonchalantly. :)

Lisa Sharp said...

It's crazy to me that you have had snow. But then again in Oklahoma we don't normally get any snow if we do it's late December or January.

I love this blog though. It's just one of those that makes me smile. Your daughter is so cute in the new scarf. :)

Kellie said...

@Erin - He's here every darn night - it's like he's part of the family now!

@Lisa - Thanks! She treats the scarf like it's gold, which I think is adorable.

Green Bean said...

Whoa, I'm with Erin. Totally strange to me that you've got a bear in your backyard though there are people who might find it odd that we've got deer in our front yard. Last summer, we vacationed with my niece and nephew at a national park and they were gaga over the deer. My kids were like, yeah, whatever, they eat our tomatoes.

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