I love this quote.
And for me, it is so true!
We've been living in this here our new abode for 8 months now, and the thing that I absolutely miss the most - other than my dear, sweet neighbor Lew - is my garden. That thing was big, and it was beautiful, and it's where I fell in love with the miracle of growing things and of living off the land. Up until that garden and up until that sweet little old man - I had never planted one thing in my life before, nor had I any desire to do so, and I knew nothing about canning, pickling, or preserving.
|Peas. And I can't sow a straight row to save my life.|
The owners here have seven raised beds that they used for gardening, but with our housemates being the ones who are here for the long haul - I was more than happy, and fully expected them to have first dibs on the planting. A few weeks ago, however, Shandy said to me: "You should just plant whatever you want in those beds. I don't think I'm going to use them this year."
Initially, I didn't bite. I won't just have my three Hoolie boys to contend with trampling and
|On the loose. In my garden. In her jammies.|
Enter my husband who says: "Are you kidding me? You're not going to plant one single thing this year?"
And I suddenly found myself in the seed packet aisles, shopping away to my little heart's content.
Funny how that happens...
Last week, we got our hands...and a whole lot more than that dirty.
We put in all of our cold weather veggies - and oh goodness. Didn't playing in the dirt with the sun at my back and the ground under my fingernails ever make me happy.
We have downsized significantly....but we are planting what all of the Littles love best.
And I don't have a Lew...but I have all of his wisdom.
And the beetles might win...but my heart is still happy.
And He gives back. And so often, it's just the little things - the simple things that make my world go round.
My chickens roaming free.
Salad veggies...and all things good to eat right, straight out of the ground.
Little ponds in the back woods for little boys to find newts and frogs' eggs.
Long, long driveways for endless peddling.
Swingsets, and playlands - forests for adventuring.
Big backyards to run wild and free.
And priceless little gifts from precious little hands....
#5176 ~ 5182 - My Joy Journey