Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Whoa spring

It is folly to expect men to do all that they may reasonably be expected to do.
                                                         Richard Whately


I cannot believe I just said that. Spring has galloped into our life here on the farm. The gigantic puddles outside the door, mixed with the muddy boot prints that keep finding their way into my house, are a sure sign. 

This is exactly what I have been waiting for. Why am I so stressed, now that it is actually here? A lapse in memory, from one season to the next has left me scrambling. Actually, I like to blame the word expectations, for the big mess I find myself in.

Take, for instance, that whole spring cleaning thing. Spring cleaning has always been a very important ritual, growing up. Both of my Grandma’s were all about the importance of this ritual. I have to admit I had fallen into its grip and unfortunately fallen out of it, over and over for a lifetime now. Spring cleaning oh yes what lovely thoughts come to mind. There is absolutely nothing like it.


Closets should be sorted, and cleaned out, meaning nothing will fall on your head when you open the door. Your dust bunnies, you know the ones. Those ones that hid all winter under, well everything. You finally get to chase those little devils away, out the door and through those finally open windows. Out into the great outdoors, where they will romp and play until next fall. That would be when once again, they come in for hibernation with their friends’, spider web, wood ashes and stale air.

Windows would always be squeaky clean, walls may sport new paint. Oh, the smells of this spring cleaning thing have always been my favourite part. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

My head filled with the “expectations” of this spring cleaning thing a few weeks ago. I have to say I was doing pretty well. Channelling my grandma I dove right in. Now at a full stop, those expectations have resulted in boxes jammed in the hallways, dust bunnies cowering under beds that cannot be reached. The contents of those closets are lying on the floor blocking, and protecting them from the shooing out the door.


In my defense, calving is nearing the end, but there is still the need for constant checking. All those interruptions from the spring cleaning have me distracted and falling behind. While outside I notice all the spring jobs that need to be done. For instance, there is a whole backhoe bucket full of birdhouses. Yes, you heard that right. My Hero had replaced the entire barnyard fence, from wood panels to metal. The bird houses had to come down. They lie in the bucket that I pass by every time I head to the tractor. The bluebirds will be back soon, and they do not even have a house to think about cleaning.


It looks like this will be a build the birdhouses weekend. After all, and at  the very least, we have a house. It may be crowded with boxes and totes, mixed with a few cans of paint, and cleaning supplies. But, it has a roof overhead unlike those poor coming back soon bluebirds. See what I mean? Expectations are on hold. You could say, that the bluebirds are actually protecting those dust bunnies.


Later

20 comments:

  1. Is that a little calf in the first photo? From the thumbnail, I thought it was a little bunny!

    I love spring cleaning too, that feeling of streamlining.

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  2. I am loving this spring weather . We have no snow down here and the sun has been shining and temps hitting a whopping 14C , all the spring birds are back now to . Oh yes the dreaded spring cleaning , I prefer to spring clean the yard and sheds to the inside of the house but it all gets done eventually and I love it being so warm I can finally have my windows open lol !Love the first photo of that sweet calf peeking from the bale of hay . I remember the days of farming and spring cleaning repairing and replacing fences all the mud and mess of the land and our paddocks but I loved it all as I still do here in our country valley farm house only we have wild animals and a our dog Miggs to clean up after and not live stock lol ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  3. I have high aspirations about spring cleaning too, until it actually comes time to do it! It's drop dead gorgeous here this week...time to put out some pansies!

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  4. Oh oh... now that you mention it, that spring ritual is knocking at my door and I won't be able to keep up, I know... I always have so much expectations and I run into road blocks too. There's always something that stop me dead in my tracks and it doesn't get better as I age.
    I am now pining for retirement as I age.
    It's starting to feel more like spring is inching it's way in and I noticed it's getting light outside earlier in the morning and Daylight Saving Time change on Sunday.

    Have a great week.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  5. I am looking forward to the spring birds returning and am hoping we'll get bluebirds in our birdhouses instead of swallows, which are fun to watch too. I don't do the whole spring clean thing. I 'try' to keep up with the dust bunnies through the year but sometimes they hide until just before company comes. lol It is a lovely spring-like day here today and the temperatures are into the single digits for the rest of the week. Enjoy the mud season and all it brings.

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  6. I so wish I could come help you. I'm a sucker for bird houses. Glad spring has sprung.

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  7. You've got a long list of to do's for spring cleaning. Get those blue bird houses up because blue birds come back early . they've been seen here already although they will not start nesting right away.

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  8. Oh wow.
    Love that spring is pushing her way in. And am in awe at your spring cleaning. And that the birds take precedence.

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  9. I am the same way - can't wait for spring and then it throws me into a panic with the huge lists!

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  10. I have cleaned out so much this past year, I think I may have earned a break from spring cleaning. But then I have to face the dirty wall that the dog leaned against all winter long, sleeping. And I have no idea what goes on under my beds. My closets are good, that's something..... And worst of all, I have to chase away the house finches because the house will be painted this spring. Their old nests are gone and I can't let them build new ones. I will miss their song in the mornings.

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  11. I chuckle as I read this because it sounds just like me with my projects of "cleaning and straightening!":-) - xo Nellie

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  12. Hey Buttons ... I think spring cleaning is over-rated. If it was me, I'd go with the birdhouse project too. Good luck!

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  13. Oh, this is good...bluebirds protecting the dust bunnies! Somebody has to hold you back--let it be the bluebirds. Now, I need to find something/someone I can blame!

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  14. I'd say those bird houses have first priority, right after the calves of course.
    Don't worry at all about your own spring cleaning, it will still be there next spring (*~*)

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  15. An enjoyable post. Dust bunnies can wait, the blue birds need housing. :-)

    Happy Spring ~ FlowerLady

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  16. happy spring!! love that cute first shot!

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  17. My Mom was big on spring and fall house cleaning as well. My favourite spring time memory is seeing her haul down the heavy, brocade curtains that held the winter winds at bay and replacing them with sheer, white curtains for spring and summer. The windows were ten feet high and when they were open the curtains billowed out into the room. Thanks for prompting this memory.

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  18. Oh no, spring cleaning hadn't even entered my mind yet! I am seeing seed packets in stores now, so I know it's coming!
    ...Your little peeking calf is just the cutest. 😀

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  19. B,

    Spring is here, and so many things to accomplish. Just take it one step at a time.
    Love your pictures.
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  20. How do people have time for spring cleaning when there's so much stuff to do outside this time of year?!

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