Told my hubby that I was not looking forward to going back to work today. I have so much more that I want to do around here and We have been getting a lot of things done while home together. We have been clearing trees off the hills around our houses and pond. Cut and stacked enough firewood for 2 years. Burned brush piles. Cleared ditches for water to flow better off the hill and around our house. Cleaned out flowerbeds and mulched. Planted tons of flowering plants in containers, beds and hillsides. Built vegetable gardens here and there and have them full of veggie plants. I even repotted all my houseplants.
I experienced lots of "firsts" with being home during spring time. Ive never been home when spring came because work always picked up at tax time as you all know happens. Ive seen geese come to the pond as they look for nesting areas. Found baby green red ear sliders right out on my patio. Watched hundreds of butterflies feast on our flowering privit bushes that line one of our driveways. Joined the Monarch butterfly society and reported their journey to our property and when they arrived. Discovered a large swarm of honey bees by our house that we then had a bee keeper friend come catch for us and put in a hive so that now we are learning how to manage honey bees. How cool is that?!
While clearing trees we discovered 3 native pecan trees that we did not know were growing because the trees were to thick and now are thinned a bit. In that same area we also found we had a bounty of worm castings in the ditch above our house along with great enriched soil that we used in our plant and veggie gardens. Yes, we sifted the worm castings and removed worms. Another thing we have discovered we have an abundance of....earthworms!
Discovered several baby snakes in one day. Saw dozens of scorpions that same day. Got stung by a scorpion for the first time and only treated it with essential oils. Found many box turtles. Called up 3 tom turkeys and one hen as my husnand looked in disbelief one afternoon. Hunted for morrel mushrooms....did not find any morrel mushrooms....
I am a rock hound so while we were working on clearing I found several large fossilized plants. Still trying to find out what type of plant they were but they are too cool!
Goodness, I have gone on a bit. Guess Im trying to say that there is so much more to life than work and pursuing money. There are things to keep oneself busy and so many treasures to be found. Life is what we make of it slowing down or taking a break from the daily grind can be very good for the soul. Im gonna have to try and do more of this "stopping to smell the roses" thing again next spring.