Earth Teach Me

Earth, Teach Me

Earth teach me quiet
as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering
as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility
as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring
as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage
as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation
as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom
as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance
as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal
as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself
as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness
as dry fields weep with rain.

An Ute Prayer

I Truly Love This Time of Year.

Thought for Today

“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

~ Bertrand Russell

With the coming of summer we have been very busy. The garden is in great shape and we shall have a bountiful harvest this year. The blueberries are getting plump and soon will change from green to blue. The chicken coop is nearly complete and the hen house is ready for fresh eggs. The early wildflowers are at their peak and the summer wildflowers are coming on strong. Yesterday we had a wonderful much needed slow rain. I truly love this time of year.

The biggest problem I have right now is my days are spent outside in the fresh air and enjoying the experiences of nature. I can sit for hours on the creek bank watching the water go by, marveling at the occasional antics of the Kingfisher.

A few Days in the Sun


Thought for Today
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I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become,
I will always plant a large garden in the spring.
Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy
that one gets from participating in nature’s rebirth?
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~Edward Giobbi~


With the new addition to our home and the arrival of spring things have gotten a little hectic for the HomeInsteaders. We have been busy planning and preparing this years garden which will be the best we have had yet. After last years drought the late winter and early spring rains have been most welcomed.

With all the new spring activities other things have been neglected. Too many projects usually means that none get the proper attention they deserve. That is why this blog that was fully intended to be a Thought for Today will become a thought for the week, at least for the time being. I have come to accept that there are only so many hours in a day and I must make the best use of them that I can.

Today begins the construction of our greenhouse for the garden, something long overdue and very much needed. So I have committed myself to other members of this household that I will divert my energies to that project until it is done. Hopefully it will not be as long between post this time.

A cold snap has delayed our start this morning. With temperatures in the low twenties we have decided to let the sun come up and warm the earth before we get started. The rest of the week promises to bring more spring like weather. It is a great time of the year to be outdoors and I look forward to spending a few days in the sun, listening to the songs of the migrating spring birds, and the waters of Anthony creek as it tumbles across the boulders.


           © 2008 Charley Hoke