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No Rest

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IMG_3596eWe are now in the season of mud and ice. In the mornings, everything that was squishy and flowing the night before ends up frozen solid. Morning is the best time to get certain things done that require traffic in our wettest areas. After the sun shines on the ground for any length of time, travel around here gets pretty sketchy. I don’t know how the horses put up with it.

Well, actually, I do know one way they deal with it. They lay down and roll in the mud. Shortly after being brushed yesterday, 3 of the 4 laid down and massaged their backs with the manure laced mud. It does wonders for Legacy’s light complexion.

Yesterday was a day of chores for us, and we were blessed by a visit from Elysa and Anne, who helped out with several tasks. In addition to brushing the horses and helping Cyndie clean part of one paddock, they joined us up on the hill of the big field where we took early action on the recently exposed ground.

There were piles of manure that needed to be spread out and broken up, sticks to be collected and removed, weeds to be cut down, and pasture grass seed to be spread. We are hoping to improve the potential of growing desirable grasses, with less weeds, so we can cut it for hay.

The highlight of the day for me was getting water to flow off our property and into the drainage ditch along our southern border. We were getting little rivers of water running from everywhere as the snow melted, but toward the lower portions of our land, it was spreading out and pooling up in the slushy snow that remained. I took a spade shovel and headed down there with Delilah.

The water was almost over my boots in some places, making it quite a challenge to navigate digging a channel out of the slush to provide the water with a straight shot into the creek of runoff that was now flowing along our property border. Because of the way water-follows-water, I like to give it a path that creates enough momentum of flow that the uphill pools get pulled down to fill the void. It’s a lot like priming a pump.

But flowing water is fickle, and if the momentum is slowed by a dam of slush that collects, the water is more than happy to pick an alternate route, or it may simply stop flowing altogether.

The last chore we squeezed into the day was painting the drywall of our new storage room. It got a coat in the morning and another one after dinner to get ready for the finishing touches by our builder this week.

It was the kind of day that leaves you needing another day of the weekend, so you can take a day off to recover. The problem with that is, if we had another day of the weekend, we’d likely end up using it to get even more chores done. There is no rest for the weary.









Written by johnwhays

March 31, 2014 at 6:00 am

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  1. Wow, very impressive day! Nice work.

    Liz Shatek

    March 31, 2014 at 10:20 am

    • Thanks, Liz. We’re entering the period where the frost will go out and then it becomes unsafe for kids, because they might just sink into the mud and disappear. Don’t get any ideas…


      March 31, 2014 at 10:34 am

      • Haha! Sounds like nothing some modified snow shoes wouldn’t fix… 😉
        I was thinking about how my heart sinks a little when I realize one of the little ones has belly-flopped into the mud; a HORSE covered in mud is just beyond comprehension for me. At least you don’t have to let THEM into the house…now, Delilah on the other hand…uff da is all I can say!

        Liz Shatek

        March 31, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      • The kiddie pool is now stationed outside the front door for Delilah’s obligatory “bath” before entering…


        March 31, 2014 at 3:22 pm

  2. Re: weary – tired but happy is how we look at it, isn’t it? Great going!

    Ian Rowcliffe

    March 31, 2014 at 8:54 am

    • Happy, indeed. So very happy. Thanks!


      March 31, 2014 at 9:51 am

      • You and Cyndie are powerhouses of positive achievement – especially, when you allow yourselves to take time out, once and a while, and look around you. They say at certain times that it can’t get much better, but you are disproving that. What a wonderful spring time you have in front of you!

        Ian Rowcliffe

        March 31, 2014 at 6:46 pm

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