Green Toes

 Finally! Who would have ever thought that it would be near the end of May before the day would arrive hot enough to be able to go barefoot! I have no memory of spring arriving so late and with so much rain!

All in one week, I went from stoking up the wood stove due to cold winds and much rain, to digging out my long-awaited sandals. We had to warm the damp chill in the house and running the furnace was not in my vocabulary this late in spring. So thankfully, we had enough wood to do so.

Today, was just simply beautiful outside considering it was supposed to rain again. What a beautiful blessing to get a break in the weather. We wasted no time taking advantage of it. Mike had a day off so he used his time wisely and extended the fencing for all our feathered friends. Then he set up a slide for our youngest who’s cheeks are now beaming with joy and showing color where the sun-kissed him.

The rest of us played tag in our outdoor world. Yes, it took all three of us to just cut the lawn! What with so much rain this spring there was never a chance to cut the lawn! I’m not talking a city type backyard either. The grass at it’s lowest was at least 6 inches and in other spots a foot or more! Our poor old push mower would occasionally just bog right  down and quit, but mostly it would chug on through and shake. It would shake so much that our hands would still be vibrating 10 minutes after we tag off!

 It took teamwork but we got the job done! Each of us can now enjoy the sense of accomplishment and the appearance of a neatly kept homestead. Nothing fancy. Just simple, kept, with a touch of love to always welcome home family.

Yes, a very profitable day! Fences, gates, lawn, slide, all completed as well as some plants transplanted! The whole family got fresh air, natural exercise, and our skin warmed with a light pink glow. Tomorrow, we will enjoy all the grooming we did today. I do believe it will be a green toes day! The first of many to come for this summer. After such a long, long winter with layers of clothes, socks, heavy boots, you just don’t realize until that first day when you go barefoot just how much you missed it. Even better when you can walk barefoot on a freshly mowed lawn the next morning while it still holds the wet dew. I can hardly wait!

To spend our day barefoot. To feel the reconnection with the earth and all the creation it holds. You can feel so alive walking on the grass, hobbling across a gravel path, or sinking in a well tilled garden with the dirt squishing up between your toes. And when the day is over, and the sun sets upon another beautiful day, you look down and see your green toes. You smile with recollection.                  

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About Mammy Oaklee

A wife, mother, grand-mother, farmer and wrinkly ol' writer, who's finally got some roots planted in 'The Heart of the BottomsUP 2/3 Acre.' A born and raised city-chick, who found many'a smiles where her heart had always longed to be, in the country. Digging in as close to the beginning of creations, and finding wonderment with a smile. I live my life as a rollar-coaster adventure, and always adding new dreams as old ones are full-filled. Of course, I write about it all!
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4 Responses to Green Toes

  1. ELAINE TRAHAN says:

    together we can achieve much! Green toes and all!

  2. Dad & Pat says:

    I know what you mean, didn’t get to be truly barefoot yet, but we did have our sandals on. The ground feels so awesome on the feet, looking forward to more. . . not just warmer weather but even more so, experiences that most of us can relate to. Keep up the great work.

  3. Ginger Sorg says:

    Good Job Sis!! You’re a great storyteller:) Glad the warm weather has finally reached the great North!

  4. Jen says:

    🙂 GRINNING!! I’m like you I just love the coolness of the fresh morning dew on my feet! Teamwork!! I just love how much faster things get done! Love your new articles Sis!! You are a wonderful story teller of real life which is the best kind!! Keep it up!! Love ya!!

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