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
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?
~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

Sunday March 16th 2008

Hold On
Hold on to what is good,
Even if it’s a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it’s a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it’s a long way from here.
Hold on to your life,
Even if it’s easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand,
Even if someday
I’ll be gone away from you.

~ A Pueblo Indian Prayer


Get it done today, Tomorrow ain’t promised.

Thought for Today
“Live neither in the past nor in the future,
but let each day’s work absorb your entire energies,
and satisfy your widest ambition.”

Sir William Osler

Jimmy was a couple years older than I was. We attended the same high school though I knew little about him. Not long after he graduated, he came to work in the family business. Only able to work summer months because of school I was not aware. When I found out, I was a little surprised, although I did not really know Jimmy; I just did not picture him as a construction laborer. In high school, he was a basketball star and I always thought of him as prim and proper. Even digging ditches, I do not recall ever seeing a hair on his head out of place.

After working with Jimmy for a week or so, I noticed that he did not have much “get up and go” about him. He seemed to have a pace and no matter what, he worked that pace. I found this odd because my dad was all about “get up and go”. He made sure that was a part of our upbringing. “Get it done today” he used to say, “Tomorrow ain’t promised.” And of course I couldn’t resist and would say something smart like, “Well if tomorrow ain’t coming then it don’t matter any how.”

I questioned dad about why he had hired Jimmy and he replied, “Well son, Jimmy ain’t got much git up and go, this is true. But what the boy doesn’t have in ambition he makes up for in loyalty.” “He works hard and is dedicated as long as he knows what is expected of him.” “Jimmy is the type of fellow that you could give a hammer and a chisel and instruct him to make pebbles out of a bolder. He will stay there until the job is complete, and then wait, for further instructions”.

Jimmy continued to work for the family until the business sold years later. Never missing a day, he tended his responsibilities, worked his pace, and never complained. I would imagine that wherever Jimmy is today he still has that hammer and chisel.