Thursday, March 17, 2016

The leap into free time

A man’s time, when well husbanded,
is like a cultivated field,
of which a few acres produces more of what is useful to life,
than extensive provinces, even in the richest of soil,
when overrun with weeds and brambles.
                                           David Hume


Puddles, rain, cloud and some beautiful sunny days are here. Oh yes, it is that time of year again. This has to be my favourite time of year. Playing in the puddles, and wading through the mud to get things done around here on the farm.


The other morning when I stepped out the door into the fog, the very first sound I heard were the birds singing. My battered and slightly bruised, during that cold long winter soul, grabbed hold of that sound and started humming right along with it. Then, far off in the distance, the sound of the Spring Peepers echoed through the fog and landed right on my doorstep. For those who do not know what Spring Peepers are, they are frogs that emerge first thing in the spring and sing loudly and with orchestral quality, non-stop. Oh, I love to hear them. If this had not been enough delectable stimulating for my senses, suddenly there was another sound coming from far off in the distance that was sure to push me over into complete oblivion.


Through the fog and with the air thick and still, and with only the sounds of those birds singing and those Spring Peepers entertaining, the most joyful sound came pushing its way through. That long lonesome sound of a train whistle, pushing and stirring the still air, and stirring my heart.


Standing there taking in, and then storing those sounds yet another sound found its way through the fog. The sound of a bawling calf then muffled the other sounds and beckoned me back to work.


Calving is finished. Let me rephrase that, calving is finished, except for a few stragglers which will be along later. This is good news for me. It gives me time, free time. To linger, a bit longer with a cup of coffee in the morning without having to run and check as the sun comes up. To play with those cute little calves, and try to get photos. If I am very lucky, I may even get to wander in the woods that  I have been missing. Free time, oh, I love the sound of that.


So, if you do not see me here, and are left wondering where I am for the next little bit, know I am well. This whole short free time thing, I have decided needs to be savoured and not wasted. You may see a girl standing smack dab in the middle of a group of cows with their calves, trying to convince them to stand still. She may be seen sharing hats or only basking in those sunny warm days. She may even react to that call of the train whistle.


Do not worry about her. She will return soon enough with stories of adventures, or just her plain old thoughts. So be safe everyone. See you all soon. Free time here I come. Oh, the possibilities are endless.



Later

34 comments:

  1. I know where you are going......

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  2. oh....enjoy your free time, and the special people that I'm sure you will be seeing!!!

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  3. Waiting to hear the spring bird song and peepers here yet. Soon. Enjoy your free time!

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  4. Grace girl I had to come back to say how jealous, but happy for you .. about the Spring Peepers ... I would do anything to have them close to my house to hear ... I so loved them as a girl and think of them all the time in the Spring .. you are so lucky !
    The birds here have gone off their bloody rockers for over two weeks singing like crazy ... I don't mind but sometimes the Robinator gets on my last nerve ! LOL .. nah ... it is a magical sound we nature lovers just plain love : )
    Cute pictures girl !
    Joy
    Thanks ... I am working hard on getting better ... except ... for the falling off the wagon bit with some goodies from Tim's

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  5. I hope your free time fills you with joy.

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  6. Free time sounds so good. Unfortunately for me calving is year round and no rest for the wicked. Enjoy your rest.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  7. glad most calves have arrived! our spring peepers are active here - i love them, too. and i mowed the entire yard this afternoon before the next round of rains comes in...

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  8. Glad all the calves arrived healthy and well . I love the birds singing in the mornings as the sun rises and the sounds of the peepers at night as the sun sets totally music to my ears I haven't hearts a train whistle in years I used to live near the tracks when I was younger but sadly not many tracks are left or used now a days I long to hear that sound again that's for sure as it echoes through out the land and forests . Have a good free time and that you take it all in and enjoy the wonders and beauty you have there ! Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

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  9. What can be better than free time!? Enjoy!

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  10. Such a happy post!! Make the most of it B!!

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  11. Wonderful to have some "free time!" It will not last long! Enjoy! xo Nellie

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  12. Smart blogger to take some time off!

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  13. Love your hat on the fence. - Oh I would so love to listen to those frogs. Enjoy that free time.

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  14. I'm enjoying my 'free time', just popped in for an hour today. this week, I've read three books, had a dozen or more naps, and sorted through almost half of my itunes library, a task I've ignored for almost a year.

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  15. I'm sure you have many things to do in your "Free Time". Enjoy and make up stories for us.

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  16. Make the most of your free time. you willNEVER have that time again.

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  17. Enjoy your free time. It is good for all of us, good for our bodies, souls, hearts and minds. It is refreshing, energizing, uplifting.

    Happy Spring ~ FlowerLady

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  18. A bit of a rest for you then..enjoy the time as I'm sure you will.
    Hugs M xx

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  19. So lovely to read this post, such happy positive things in it.
    Enjoy your free time - see you on your return ...

    All the best Jan

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  20. You go girl . . . happy "free time!"

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  21. B,

    It sounds to me like it's time to go have a little fun without any worries.
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  22. Miss B,
    Enjoy your "free time" and take advantage of the optimism and sounds of spring!

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  23. Hello, I love to hear the spring peepers. YAY for spring. Enjoy your free time! Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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  24. This is one of your happiest posts for some time and I could feel everything you described and enjoyed it right along with you. I am a country person at heart living in the urban jungle and not liking it all that much.
    Have yourself a little break and enjoy your free time. Look forward to your return....soon. Hugs.

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  25. I am always thrilled to hear the spring peepers...and love the sound of a train. I have always lived close to trains.

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  26. We heard frogs in our pond a week ago and it took me a moment to realize what it was...we also have Red wing Blackbirds singing in our Maple trees, Meadowlark on our fence posts and a Mockingbird who is trying to sound like the chickens, turkey's and keets combined....our first spring here! Enjoy your time!

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  27. Free time is precious these days. Enjoy them while you can. Love your photos especially of the cows wearing the knitted hat.

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  28. I agree with your love for the peepers. I long to hear them. The birds are singing here. Occasionally I smell fresh earth, between the snowfalls. I am happy to hear calving is over for you. My sister and my friend are half through and anxious for the end. Enjoy your travels.

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  29. Enjoy your free time, we'll leave the light on for you!

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  30. Fall and winter are my favorite times of year but I will admit that there is something magical about hearing springtime birds fill the air with music each morning :)

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