Random thoughts from a walk around the farm this afternoon:
–This Step-Counting contest at school is doing what it is supposed to, getting me out and walking. I am afraid I am letting my team down with my low, low numbers. I am more sedentary than I admitted to myself–grading and FB and granny squares and playing Legos keeps me sitting in one place. A lot.
–On one hand the pedometer feels like a ball and chain. I check it every half hour or so throughout the day, and I am feeling incredible pressure to get up and walking. On the other hand, it pushes me to get outside and walk, which I don’t usually take the time for, so it’s freeing me, too.
–I like being on a walk. I live having been walking. I like having walked. I just don’t like going walking. It’s the anticipation and the getting myself in gear part that I don’t like.
–There were tracks everywhere in the last bits of snow and slush: deer, squirrel, bird, bird, bird, and canid. Maybe that last is fox, maybe dog, maybe coyote.
–I haven’t seen a coyote in years, though Jon saw a pair of them only a couple weeks ago. I was pretty desperate to find evidence of them in the tracks today. One set of tracks had a really largish print, and the claws pushed deep into the snow.
–I found a grey-ish owl pellet and broke it apart to look for the mouse bones. But then I realized it was probably a misshapen piece of raccoon poo.
–The bees are sleeping. I wonder how they’re surviving the winter in their hive.
–I found two unopened pods in one of the milkweed patches. We brought them down to the house. Jon has been collecting milkweed seeds with the hope that he can get some to grow in the spring to give away.
–One Small Boy came up to me and said, “Best snack ever!” as he crunched a chunk of ice in his left hand and then chewed off a bite of the kale in his right hand.
–That yellow frost-nipped kale looks about as winter-bitten as I feel right now.
1. Wind that scours
2. Fire that transforms
3. Water that purifies
4. Earth that supports
5. Spirit that inspires
May we walk in Beauty!