This morning was all about fat aloes, new raised beds, our sweet but stinky dog Ruth, and my kids on my little organic farm.
Note to Self: Sunscreen. Long sleeves. Shade. Duh.
My original farm plan included an aloe crop and I’m embarrassed to admit I let it run wild when my plans fell through. The grass was up to my chest – totally covering the aloes – so I had no idea how beautiful the parent plants had grown.
The effort required to rip out the overgrown crabgrass/Johnsongrass/Buffelgrass (whatever my generations of ranching ancestors fed their cattle) distracted me from the discomfort of working out in the sun. Something I hadn’t done since I got married a few years ago. The result was an itchy, red sunburn that made my skin match my shirt.
On the positive side, we got the raised beds mostly filled. I hadn’t realized how much dirt I’d need for them. They look small but hold a significant volume of the organic soil/compost and chemical free rural dirt mix I am using this time around.
Eww! What’s that smell?!
Our Pitbull/Lab mix Ruth rolled in dead animal somewhere and was so proud of herself. I felt like I was going to be sick when she loved on me and Skylar Marie reacted by saying Ruth needed to shower because she smelled like poo poo. Boy did I giggle about that!
Meanwhile, I sent CJ on an exploratory mission to recover and properly bury the poor critter and freaked out when he was gone far longer than I anticipated. I can’t be mad though. It’s karma.
Like momma like son! I used to disappear into the woods, only returning at dusk. I can now imagine what my Mom and Grandma must have felt. Worry and a bit of fear – we are in the illegal immigrant and drug dumping zone – but also a sense of pride and a measure of happiness that my kids get to grow up with a bit of nature.
The space my kids can explore is no where near the acres I was lucky enough to wander about in but it’s something and that is really important to me.
It’s sad to know there is a little body out there that we weren’t able to treat with the respect it deserves. They aren’t “just” wild animals to us. They are miracles, creatures created by the One who created us.
It bothers us enough to keep looking.
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