On having time

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Any bug’s worst nightmare

Sundays, as I have mentioned, are Computer-Free days here at the household. They’re also make-up days, as in, wow, I need to do X so I better do it this weekend: hmm, Sunday’s free.

Sometimes, like this Sunday, I get ahead of myself. The child was sick and sleeping, and under her dad’s care, so I went outside and followed the chickens around. They’re out of their batting cage now, and again have free rein over the property. I opened up the gate to the garden to the two oldest (and by far smartest) birds, Bonnie and Bloody Beatrice, and then I followed them.

I’ve mentioned before how fascinating it is to observe domesticated creatures doing their thing. Any farmyard animal is interesting, but a free-ranging chicken can be highly entertaining. Scratch scratch peck peck. There’s a rhythm to what they do that’s a quite coordinated dance: there’s nothing I do in my life that’s nearly so…involved. (Trust me.) Bonnie, especially, seemed to really enjoy finding sowbugs under the mulch on the paths. Normally, she’d never touch these things, but normally (i.e., when spring actually comes to our corner of the world) those little roly-polys are everywhere, and thus not nearly so delectable.

It was likewise fun to see the ground of the garden again. Sure, there was a ton of snow covering things, but I will bet it’s been a good month since I have tromped around the garden. An eternity! Life was coming back; the garlic was tall, the ground in the asparagus patch cleared of snow…it won’t be long now.

The chickens won’t have long to forage in the garden. Once the peas and spuds are planted, they’re locked out. Once the peas and spuds are planted, I will likewise have no time to follow them around!

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4 responses to “On having time

  1. Your post is exactly the way I feel. Here in Michigan it’s been a loooooong winter. Just seeing a little of the grass in the yard right now is exciting.

  2. What a nice post! I admire your Sunday computer-free days….I’m quickly heading this way myself. So much time is, er, lost sitting here staring at this screen.

    I love that intent look on your hen’s face…wonderful!

  3. cummon peas, cummon spuds, cummon spring! I spent a hour or so chasing the kids around our garden the other day too. Still some icy patches, but starting to thaw… nice squishy mud! cummon spring!!

  4. Elaine and Stacie: Am I wrong in mentioning AGAIN how long winter has been in Michigan and Illinois?

    Elaine: Yes, seeing all that brown grass is so…refreshing! Actually, I am beginning to see a few bulb plants begin to poke their heads above the soil. It can’t be long now…

    Farmgirl: You have so much fun ahead of you with your chickens! But yes, it’s great to turn off this damned computer one day a week. Cutting the cord!

    Stacie: Ah, but running around outside…yes, it’s fun. And ultimately really darned muddy. Ah well! Sooooon.

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