Just “Doing”

There are times when you start down a path and really have no idea where you will end up. There are times the path veers a bit and you cannot see the end. I kind of feel like I have been on that path this last while.

What started out as a short break, ended up turning into a lot longer time frame than I would ever have imagined! I had planned on taking a few weeks off; but then the world seemed to upend and a few weeks turned into many months. What started as a short path, stretched out into a longer hike than I thought it would.

Taking that path did give me time to focus on other things in life. I focused on my garden, the lawn mowing that needed doing, trying to stay in contact with family that does not live close and all the other things that make up the every day of life.

While the world was busy trying isolate us and to wrap us in a cocoon and various groups were busy trying to tear down everything in their path I just found it easier to withdraw to my small corner of the world and do what needed doing.

In looking back at the time I was just “doing” I realize I could have accomplished so much more than I did! If I look around; I do see all the things that did NOT get accomplished, however, I also see all the things that DID get done.

The garden got planted, weeded, harvested, and is still producing a few tomatoes that promptly get canned. My pantry looks ready for winter and there were also canned goods that ended up in my children’s pantries.

Family and friends were kept close through phone calls, social media and in person visits.

The fields were planted, tended and are now golden and soon to be harvested and put into storage. The haymow has been replenished with grass hay and there is something satisfying about that.

My new group of chickens has started to lay eggs….the eggs are really tiny right now but they will get bigger as the girls get older. The woodpile has grown with rows of wood, split in anticipation of warming our house for the winter.

All in all, it has been a fulfilling season. There was a comfort in the basic daily tasks that needed doing. There was a beauty in the fact of doing everyday “normal” things. It is good to know that some things do not change, even though the world around us seems to spin out of control.

Sometimes, it is good to focus on the task in front of you. Sometimes, it calms the soul and clears the mind. And sometimes, while you are in the middle of the “doing” you realize that you are exactly where you should be and doing what you should be doing.

“Success is the doing,
not the getting;
in the trying,
not the triumph.”
Zig Ziglar

28 thoughts on “Just “Doing”

  1. Anne Mehrling says:

    I missed you. It’s wonderful to have you back. You accomplished mountains of tasks — most impressive! Your family and farm needed you. If we all responded the way you did, the world would be a better place. I’m sending lots of hugs and greetings to Lar.

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  2. peggyjoan42 says:

    I totally understand about taking time from blogging and living your life. I did that for seven months a couple of years ago. I actually accomplished a lot this year in working outside and growing the garden and picking the 76 gallons of blueberries with my husband. The heat was often intense, but everything got done. Welcome back and perhaps if you post only now and then, I think we totally understand that life still needs tending to. Have a good week.

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  3. Glenda vermeer says:

    Thank you chicken grandma for helping put it in perspective sometimes God has to put us back and out of busy Mode to make time for the bigger things I especially like the one about reconnecting with other family and friends because the older we get the more important they are and everything else seems to pale in comparison So keep on doing and welcome back say hello to the cluckers for me ❤️


    • thechickengrandma says:

      Missed you too Beverly. I am amazed at how much better I feel this summer than last summer. I thought I felt good then but now realize how tired I still was from West Nile. Other than being a dry hot summer it was pretty good and my garden did well.

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  4. Margy says:

    I’m thinking that the paths we have all been taking are paths of grieving. No two paths are the same and they don’t cross over very often. Some people haven’t even started down a path – they are caught in a game of waiting. No wonder it is such an unsettled time.
    Good to hear you have your well-worn path to not just follow, but to comfort you! We really are the fortunate ones, the ones who have a bit of land to care for.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I think you have hit it right Margy…grieving. So much going on in the world and I just kind of tried to avoid it by “doing”. I first waited but that got sickening real fast and I figured I should keep living my life and for the most part I did. And yes….I am so grateful for that bit of land. It keeps me grounded and out of trouble…mostly!

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  5. atimetoshare.me says:

    I’m glad to see you back again. These past few months have affected all of us in numerous ways. I have my days of melancholy, sadness and depression, yet I know this will pass and that God has a plan for good to come from it. It seems totally masked (pardon the cliche) at the moment, but I know that his plans are always intended for our good. Some day we’ll understand.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I have not ever had depression but I think I might have had a bit of a taste of it this past summer. It has been an odd time and I often wonder what God’s plan is for all of this. I guess I will keep wondering but keep being faithful and doing what He gives me to do.

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        I don’t generally get depressed either, but this isolation has been a real drag. I usually have one day in the week when I feel lonely, sad and just plain tired of all the craziness. I pray we see and end to this real soon.

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  6. Al says:

    Nice to hear from you, Faye. Seems to me you did quite a lot. You are so used to being a hard working farm gal that it seems to you when you don’t get everything you want to done it’s a let down. Believe me, there aren’t a lot of us who don’t live on a farm that could hold a candle to what you accomplished during your hiatus. You know I have the utmost respect for you and your husband’s lifestyle. You are American heroes in my eyes. If only this country was filled with more solid citizens who create like you two instead of the destroyers we see in the streets every day now. But I dream…..

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you so much Al…it is good to be back. Even as I type this, my husband is outside hooking up wagons to be ready for the soybeans to be harvested. It is 6:30 and he has not had his supper yet and I suspect he might not be in till after dark. I agree with you on those destroyers in our streets! And yes….we can always dream.

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  7. oneta hayes says:

    Yes. Can’t help pondering but so thankful we don’t have to come up with the answer. That is His department. I could never arrange this present chaos into order. I am amazed when I see his timing for certain things though.

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  8. The Art of Cobwebs - aka:- thecobweboriumemporium says:

    Hello Chicken.
    It’s lovely to see a post from you, and what a post it is. It didn’t just speak to me, but speak of me too.

    It was this part: ……… “Sometimes, it is good to focus on the task in front of you. Sometimes, it calms the soul and clears the mind. And sometimes, while you are in the middle of the “doing” you realize that you are exactly where you should be and doing what you should be doing.”
    That last paragraph spoke volumes to me, for it explained, in part, my own absence from blogging for 18 months.

    I didn’t ‘decide’ to be away for that long, but did keep checking in with myself and asking if I was ready to pick up where I’d left off. Each time – the answer came back as “No, not yet”. I know now that I needed the time to some how ‘re-group’ and just do life as it needed to be done. To enjoy those things that I loved – but do them wholeheartedly. Throw all my attention into that moment. That day. That special time.

    Just to live. To live as I should be living – that was my challenge and greatest adventure. And like you – I learned much during my time away.
    I knew I’d come back to blogging at some point – but I knew it would be when it felt like the right moment.
    I didn’t waste my time while not blogging, but learned new things, and rediscovered things that I’d forgotten.

    I’m so happy to see you Chicken and so very happy to hear that you are relaxed and content.
    May God continue to bless and keep you. May your happiness continue to grow.
    Sending much love, tucked into the wings of an Angel, and heading your way. ~ Cobs. xxx ❤

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  9. thechickengrandma says:

    I knew you would understand Cobs. For awhile I felt a bit guilty about just walking away for awhile but it was so very good for me. There would be times I would think on a topic and think “oh, I should do a blog post on that”…then I also seemed to hear, “Not Yet….sit awhile and do this instead.” It is so good when we actually listen to His word and do it, isn’t it?
    I think we are sisters of the heart and I am so grateful for that!
    You have a blessed week Cobs! ❤


  10. rabbitpatchdiary.com says:

    I am glad to see this and have missed you. I stay behind these days. You keep “doing and write when you can. I know first hand that some times we all need to stop long enough to settle some. I thought of you and your canning often. I so hope things are good and the time did you good. love Michele


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