It has been an early fall, and the chilly winds have started to chase down the dried, crisp leaves of the trees. The layers of clothes once again, are the start of each morning to help fight off the morning chills, only to be shed off as the day progresses. Summer had been shortened this year. We went from too much rain, to a lengthy drought. But oddly enough, through the trials of weather, the garden had richly blessed us. And as did the garden through weather trials, so did the whole of the BottomsUp 2/3 Acre from the chickens, the ducks, the cats, dogs and family.
It is the bitter-sweet time of year. Busy, yes, but bitter-sweet just the same. It’s time to haul in all the thanksgivings that we have been richly blessed with and time to cull out our feathered friends to scale down for the long winter. The hard winters make for expensive feeds if there are too many mouths to feed. It’s always wise to scale down and restart in the spring. Just as the time of season shows us to do. So off to the poultry’s butcher to have them processed and stamped with the inspected stamp of approval. Bitter-sweet
The garden has now been brought in, divide out amongst family and put up for the long, cold winter coming. And just as soon as the rains quit and the winds dry up some moisture from the ground, we will be attempting to till the soil, and put to rest the ground that was used to bless us for another year.
Then there’s the final patching of things up, like the back wall on the baby chicken coop and the final insulation of the big coop. Things that we had hopes of having long finished but as you know from ‘Tragedy Struck the Hearts’ sometimes there are curve balls thrown at you. You do what needs doing and then get back on track as you are able. Well, we are back on track and racing the winds of the time coming. Even though we were behind on that to-do list, blessings continued to call on us. Yes, even through the telephone!! A neighbour needed help. He sold his barn and needed all the winter wood out right away. He had no use for it. He asked us to take it all! Wow! What a blessing and bonus! Wood for the winter and a ‘to-do’ off the list 🙂
Looking back at our extremely short summer, I start to realize all that was accomplished in such a short time! Just think, it wasn’t but 6 months ago that this blog never existed! Life and adventures were always here but only known to but a few. Now, through love and encouragement, a new door of opportunity has been opened and the Heart of the BottomsUp is able to share all the blessed, unique, fun and times. This post release will mark my 26th post. Whoever would’ve “thunk it”! Just look at those titles! Some of those favorites are:
Lost in Dirt Mailbox Kitten
Time Lords My Keyboard was Hi-Jacked
The BottomsUP 2/3 Acre is Building a Castle ~ and Then Some
Dandelions and Old Folk Beauty and Wisdom Within
Bubba’s Bubblegum Showerhead
and Tragedy Struck the Hearts
Then remembering all that has happened, all that has been pondered, and grown! We have so much to be thankful for! Haha Including an extremely short summer. After all, we are only human and we do need breaks now and then 😉
With that thought and all this realization of how much is actually behind us, I now find it easier to hunker down another summer. Cleaning up the garden bed, the flower beds, and watching for the final time to mow the lawn. Finish stacking the wood pile. Putting away the pool, lawn chairs, and garden ornaments. Finding time to clean the chimney and hope that this year, that chore in itself doesn’t become a story like a previous year’s cleaning. All this and more can now be done with a good sense of accomplishment, knowing that the summer was full and time spent wisely and fruitful.
So where do we go from here? Why it’s only our favourite time of season coming up now! Shortly, it’ll be family reunion time! A time were this family gets to get together with all the family. All our little castle’s families together to enjoy good food, and good times. Briefly, we get to share old memories and quickly make new ones. When our work is done; our play time is fun. Pictures are renewed to show off all the family resemblance of love. And on that note my dear friends and family, I will take my break from writing. There is much to do. The adventures of finding smiles will continue and stories collected for when I return. I thank all my dear adventurous, reading companions for making this blog a huge success! I look forward to a return in a different season and all the blessings our future holds.
Take Good Care of Each Other,
Your Mammy Oaklee