Busyness and Bonfires

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I have to confess.  I started today’s post at least three different times. Each time I ran stuck and my brain headed down a different track. I started out with the fact I was privileged to go to an amazing concert the other night, detoured into weeding my garden, headed down the path of the hot muggy weather and ended up at the end of the day by the firepit.  Okay….maybe I had four topics!

For some reason, focusing was not my strong suit today when it came to writing and I still feel a bit scattered.  I think I will stick with the fire pit topic and work my way backwards on those other topics over the next couple posts.

This week started out in a busy fashion that is typical of the late spring season that is Iowa and farming.  We started out the week with grass hay down in the ditches and in the waterway. Once we heard the forecast for possible rain we decided we needed to give out attention to getting it baled up before it got rained on. By Tuesday night we were so glad we had baled as we actually had 1.2 inches of rain.

For us, lately that is a pretty good amount as rain has been kind of hard to come by around here.  It is amazing what a nice rain can do to refresh the earth and your spirits!  The rain also gave me a break from weeding in the garden and let me catch up on other jobs I had been putting off.

When I look back at today I have to really think to figure out what I spent my day doing. There were so many little odd things like cleaning out a couple drawers and getting ruthless with the stuff that was in the back of those drawers. It was a day spent doing things that no one else will notice…..but I will!

By the time it was evening the wind had died down and I talked my husband into building a fire in the fire pit. I have had a stash of tree branches mounded up in the back yard since last fall. They have been waiting a long time to be burned…and tonite was the night.

I love that the bonfire served a two-fold purpose – time to sit and relax and also a great way to finally get rid of those branches.

There is something so very relaxing about just sitting in the darkening evening and watching the flames dance skyward. It was especially sweet after the busy start to the week. It was a good way to taper off the busyness of the day.

Sitting there, listening to the frogs singing and watching the fireflies dance through the night was one of those Aaaahhhhhh moments. We watched the chickens head in for the nights. We listened to the snort of a deer as it bedded down in the grass behind the grove. We got to enjoy the first stars as they came out for the night.

Life is indeed good when you take the time to slow down and enjoy the small things.

Some of the best conversations I’ve had
are sitting around a camp fire.
Robyn Davidson

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23 thoughts on “Busyness and Bonfires

  1. thecobweboriumemporium says:

    Laughed about your comment: “. . . It was a day spent doing things that no one else will notice…..but I will!”

    In our old cottage I used to have a framed quote which read: ‘Why is it that no one notices when I’ve dusted and cleaned, but EVERYONE notices when I don’t!”

    And it’s true too! Our girls would leave our cottage looking like there had been some sort of festival going on, and no one had thought to supply bins, when they left for school in the morning. But they didn’t say anything at all when they came home and found the place spotless.

    But there was a day when I’d arranged to go out with a friend in order to travel to the biggest Dog Show, here in the United Kingdom, (called: Crufts) .. so I didn’t have time to actually put everything straight and do my normal cleaning. I arrived home about fifteen minutes before they did and .. coooooo!!! You had to hear the comments about how “untidy the house is Mom! You haven’t cleaned up!”

    I nearly bit my tongue off trying to keep a smile on my face and not point out that if they looked carefully, they’d see the the mess they were talking about was THEIRS!

    lol. Kids. Gotta love ’em, but couldn’t eat a whole one!

    GREAT read Chicken. Would have loved to be there, enjoying the busyness.
    Squidges ~ Cobs. x

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I think I need a sign like that! So many things we women do fall into that category I think. I also know what you mean about kids making messes…..my sons had the same concept as your daughters. I always wondered if they thought I just lived to be the maid????? They hit a certain age and their rooms were theirs to clean and if they wanted to live in a “rummel” (as my grandma used to say) I let them.
      My mom always had a sign in her entry that said, “If you come see me….come anytime. If you come to see my house….make an appointment.” Always liked that sign too!

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  2. Al says:

    Sounds like a delightful evening. We did the fire pit thing at my sister-in-law’s house by the lake just last week. You’re so right, great way to relax and I get to let out the latent pyromaniac in me for a few minutes.

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