Thursday, June 5, 2014

I Don't want to miss a thing! (Good Fences)

Certainly work is not always required of a man.
There is such a thing as a sacred idleness--
cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.

                              George Macdonald


The loud choruses of a little off key yipping jolted me out of a deep slumber. My bones and muscles ached from the painting, it is a so-called good ache. That, I know you all know the I am truly accomplishing something ache.

 I listened to the Coyotes celebrating voices coming from the open bedroom window floating through the air and piercing the silence of the night. It seems to me they are having a party almost every night lately and although I love that sound it also makes me shiver wondering what they are up to, that is a farmer thing. I climbed out of bed to take a look, I always wonder why I do that, it is not like I will see them standing there at my window wanting to be seen, but I still do it, always thinking you never know. Stranger things have happened in my life so I will continue to climb out of my comfort to make sure I will not miss that moment, should it ever happen.

The sky was full of stars, millions of stars and the slip of the moon bounced shadows off the old barn, I plopped down in my chair pulling my mother’s knitted squares blanket over my shoulders then I opened the window. There was a chill in the air and the wind blew a refreshing breath which I gratefully captured. 


The Coyotes were still partying back there and I wondered how many there could possibly be celebrating back in the bush or possibly right in the field behind this house. Could it be just one very loud coyote with its voice echoing in the stillness of the night? The yipping suddenly stopped leaving another sound I recognized well. It was the sound of munching grass coming from the cows that were standing in the field behind the house, oh how I love that sound. I always wonder why they eat during the night when they had all day to roam and eat. 


I pulled myself out of the chair which was then surrounded by moonlight to slide across the shadows on the kitchen floor to the cupboard and grab myself a couple of crackers and then to the refrigerator to pour a glass of water. Sitting back in the comfort of the chair and listening to those sweet sounds had me thinking about things we do not always think important. I watched as the shadows of the cows floated slowly across the field.

Sometimes we can get ourselves all wrapped up in the projects at hand and forget to listen or see those little things that are lying right there in front of us. I have been rather busy lately and I had not left the house for two and a half days until I fortunately, ran out of paint requiring me to climb into the Jeep and run off to town, a needed distraction I think. 


At the Co-op I had a visit with Paul to get a salt block for the cows, they love that treat. Then I headed to the hardware store to get the paint I needed to finish my project. I took time, to buy a few groceries for my poor neglected Hero and bought a treat meaning ice cream which was going to come in handy later. I have been trying to take in those hidden moments right in front of me and to capture and remember those things that keep me going during those “Nose to the grindstone” moments as Grandma used to say.


It is indeed the little things that will get you through the tough moments in your life, those simple ones you may have overlooked if you are not paying attention. Those things that we need and may walk right by or tune out.
Oh and if you were wondering about that ice cream coming in handy later thing.


You can always catch more bears (or is that bees?) with honey than with vinegar, as my Grandma used to say. I am pretty sure ice cream is like honey. Bribery, a tired look, and an idle paint roller were all it took. I love when a plan comes together. 

Let us all try to not miss a thing, OK.

 I will be joining TexWis Girl at Good Fences. Thanks Tex for hosting. My very first time   (there are a couple of fences there:)



Later

59 comments:

  1. My first time with the fence link up as well. I love your writing style. Thanks for sharing,
    Rinda

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  2. 'will work for ice cream'. :)

    love the thought of cows munching outside your open window. :)

    thanks for linking, buttons!

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  3. Ice cream solves many problems and encourages much participation!

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  4. I love your thoughts, very eloquent and painterly - by which I mean I paint in my mind's eye that which you write and it is lovely and peaceful... thanks for the reminder to be still...

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  5. Hiya Buttons.....I'm doing "Fences" too..

    isn't it funny we all see each other from time to time in various link ups and blogs? ... guess we belong to a family that appreciates more or less the same things and ideas....

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  6. Always good to have a little something stocked away for bribery.

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  7. a couple of great ones b....happy to see you here!!!

    i love the title, it reminds me of the steven tyler song which is one of my favorites!!!

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  8. I am glad we do not hear coyotes around my house. I would not be able to sleep. Lol, ice cream would be my answer to everything! Lovely images and a great post!

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  9. As always, your musings are beautiful and deep. I love the way you described the starlit night. And as crazy as it may sound, I love the sound of coyotes in the distance :)

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  10. Wow...this is tremendously well written. You had me sitting beside you with the shadows floating across the grasses and barn...snacking on crackers and ice cold water....sitting in the silence of it all. Hearing coyotes singing in the far distance.

    It was a true pleasure. [I just finished painting our kitchen after the dining room and living room---taking a break from it for a few weeks]

    I really, really enjoyed visiting.

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  11. I've seen white salt blocks, brown mineral blocks, but never a blue salt block. Mmmm! Cowspit!

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  12. You write so well, B! I love your stories and I want to add that ice cream works at my house, too!

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  13. You write as though your thoughts flow past in poetry my friend, and you kindly take us along for the ride.
    Ice cream bribe, hmmm? And the downstairs bedroom needs painting, hmmmmm.

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  14. You are indeed a good writer. And I love having a busy life and living it to the fullest! So many things to enjoy...especially in the summer time! Hugs, Diane

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  15. Ice cream works every time Buttons!!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  16. B I do enjoy your thoughts ~ they always give some perspective to ponder.
    We have coyotes around here too, love hearing them yip and howl late at night.
    I like your version of what you can catch with honey.
    My gramps had a similar unsavory version that had to do with flies . Honey was mentioned at one juncture I believe but it wasn't the main draw . lol

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  17. We often hear coyotes howling and yippie kiaying around us and it gives me the creeps. Cows used to be pastured right behind our house when we first bought it 37 years ago and I would hear them munch the grass in the night. A nice sound indeed, and they weren't even our cows. I am enjoying your posts. Have a wonderful weekend. Pam

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  18. I'm just realizing your feet are propped up in that first shot gazing out at those cows. Nice View. Interesting angle with the other white fence shot and a very enjoyable read.

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  19. I can see exactly what you see as I read this, as though I'm there. You have a gift, and it's developing beautifully!

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  20. Beautiful view in the first shot!

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  21. Well said with your appropriate photos.

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  22. happy painting. I'm painting too. pretty photos.

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  23. Love your first shot, feet all propped up at your window ;D)
    Ice cream can achieve many things, not least finishing off painting too it seems!
    A nice paint colour too :D)

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  24. Welcome to Good Fences! Love that white picket fence!

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  25. I loved this so much B. as i listen to the cars and trucks roaring outside and my neighbors being loud, this reminder is extremely important to me too , those little moments of joy do still happen and this is a beautiful reminder that I CAN still find those, thank you B. Very much!

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  26. Hi Buttons! I so agree with you about the little things getting us through those tough moments. It is so cool how God can use the smallest, most insignificant of His creation to help us feel His peace. I love to hear the sound of coyotes in the distance. Your fence photos are wonderful...and thank you for visiting my blog :)

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  27. I wouldn't mind hearing coyotes howling at night. I know we have them around here because one of my friends saw one coming out of the woods behind her house. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  28. That's awesome. Paint all day and sit up at night to listen to the coyotes.

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  29. enjoyed this 'night ramble' ... And wonder what is behind the trees behind the picket fence...

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  30. I'll work for ice cream! :-) I'm glad you are capturing those simple moments, B, and thank you for sharing your observations so beautifully.

    I like listening to Chase Bird crunching his dry food in the middle of the night. For some reason, it comforts me.

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  31. B,

    Ice cream is a great bribe when trying to get things done at the homestead.

    Hubby and I slow down to watch, listen, smell, and just overall take in what the good Lord has provided us every chance we get.

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  32. There are precious moments everywhere, every day, we just have to be still and there they are.

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  33. Always love reading your thoughts and they speak especially to me today. While cutting g back sister is from my deck I noticed many butterflies were out. I wanted to grab my camera but settled on just stopping and watching them flitter around. :)

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  34. Always sleep with the window open. Coyotes, geese, ducks, owls and cows. Love those sounds.
    Cheri

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  35. Nice to see someone painting :)
    Like your rabbit...Hugs M xx

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  36. How clever of you to use the "ice cream trick." :))

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  37. A lovely post and pictures. So nice to visit with you via Tex and her fences!

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  38. How fun that you linked up with Tex. You got a great bunny shot! I would like listening to the coyotes. Supposedly we have some around here, but I have never heard them.

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  39. Beautiful view in that first shot. Loved reading your post. Very well written!

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  40. Have an awesome weekend, Miss B!

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  41. Wisdom!!!

    Notice the little things. Like the baby bunny in the back yard. :-) Munching on clover.

    Sure he will be munching on our plants too.

    But still, it was so cute.

    Remember D-Day,
    June 6, 1944
    Tessa~

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  42. hope you have a great time growing your gourds...they are the most fun plant...giving you beauties...freaks..and oddities on the same vine...when putting them on a 'fence' ...if you are growing large gourds...they will need some support as the 'fence' can cut right through the vine and drop your gourd to the ground..old pantyhose can work well as support ...

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  43. I dont know about you but the sound of coyotes always gave me the chills. Especially coming through on a baby monitor.

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  44. I really enjoyed your story as well as your photos. The cows are certainly lucky too. As for running to the window, I do that too! As do my dogs....!

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  45. hope the painting continues to go well. ice cream makes a good motivator... lovely images and writing. hope all is well. have a great day~

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  46. Dear B., wanted to let you know that a friend inquired about the missing posts and they are aware of the problems and are trying to fix it. Thought you'd like to know as well :) have a great day!

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  47. Lovely slice of your life, my friend! Enjoyed all of it! And just wanted to let you know I will be closing my blog for a while, but will be checking in on my favorite blogs (like yours!) periodically~

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  48. i have to ask do cows chew loudly? as a kid my mom's family had lots of cows on their farms so i have been licked by a cow ... but don't recall their chewing??!

    have a nice weekend, Buttons. what color button are you? have you ever thought about that? ( :

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  49. Nice post! I love that George MacDonald quotation. The cow at the salt block brought back memories of being a kid and loving to lick that smooth salt block (which the cows had made smooth by their tongues.) lol

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  50. I love my mornings on the porch. Drinking not just coffee, but the sounds of the morning and nature. You are right we don't stop often enough and enjoy life.

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  51. Great idea on the ice cream. Hope you get to finish the painting soon. I hear you on the aches and pains of painting. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post today. Yes, sometimes it is good to sit and listen to sounds of nature, must sound eerie to hear those coyotes though. Love the shot of the wild rabbit!

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  52. One of the reasons I love your blog so much is because it reminds me so much of my grandpa and his farm. The cows, the donkeys he had, the lamb and chickens. I loved the smell of earth and the simplicity of it all.

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  53. a nice post. Thanks for sharing :)

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  54. Enjoyed reading your thoughts, and although I'm very familiar with coyotes yipping during the night, I've never had the pleasure of hearing cows munch on grass.

    Very nice images, and I love the one of the cows licking the salt block. So that's how salted butter is made! (kidding!)

    Glad the ice cream worked in your favor. :)

    Thanks for your visit and kind comment on my fences.

    ~Lindy

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  55. Your writing is flawless . . .
    thank you so much!

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  56. Such a wonderful post, Buttons! It reminded me so much of our life on the ranch in Texas for five years, listening to the munching of the cows, and to the coyotes howling. I loved it those sounds! Glad you took time out from your painting chore to enjoy the sounds.

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  57. I don't miss much on the farm but I'm clueless when it comes to what's going on in the country. When I do listen to politics, it just makes me angry so I try and limit myself. There's nothing much better than porch sitting, glass of something cold and listening to the evening calm itself.

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  58. I love your writing and your pictures! I'm so glad you commented on my blog posts. I look forward to reading through more of your posts and adding your blog to my reading list. What a gem! :)

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