Never before has the prospect of Spring been
so important as it is this year.
I find myself hoping, each morning when I open my eyes,
that today will be fair enough to make outdoor work
Somehow, with all that is happening in the world,
the germination of seeds and the greening of the earth
gives me a feeling of hope.
Just like the cold, grey winter passes and the earth is renewed
again by springtime...
then so will this season of contagion be replaced by
another season of renewal.
With Spring comes a whole new list of chores
that need to be done.
This year, especially, I feel a true sense of purpose,
as I pull weeds and get the garden boxes ready to plant.
This year, more than ever, growing our own food feels right,
and maybe even necessary.
I am thankful that I decided to start so many seedlings in the greenhouse.
Normally, in Spring, I make many trips to the local garden center.
This year might be an exception to that rule.
Regardless, there are flowers and veggies in the greenhouse...
enough to fill my garden boxes and flower beds.
And with over 120 tomato plants thriving...
enough to give away as well!
All of Pennsylvania is now on a shelter in place order.
For us, the only hardship in this situation is the inability
to see our loved ones.
But, we do what we can thanks to technology.
Daily chats via the internet keep us close.
I've been treated to a daily guitar concert by Tyler...
and lots of video visits with the Littles as well.
Other than that, our normal life is somewhat
built for this.
In a few short weeks we will produce most of what we eat.
We do find that each day seems a little longer than normal.
The days are full, but there is a little extra time left over.
If you know me well, you will know that this
is by no means a complaint...
quite the opposite.
There's plenty of time for work and for
There's time to just sit with the animals.
And I'm sure they can't help but notice the
more relaxed pace of the farm these days.
My handmade menagerie has kept me busy...
a project that I might not have otherwise found time for.
Eventually, our grandchildren will have a whole village
of forest friends to dress and play with here at the farm.
Marietta Mouse is my latest project...
and Barnabas Badger is on the cutting table.