The big job for me today was to clean out the fieldstone terraced beds next to our house. Over the last couple of years we allowed the oregano to complete take over four of the six beds. This year it was time to "take back the terraces". I didn't get a before pic, but here's a couple of work-in-process pics. They show parts of two of the four walls. I built up these walls some 23 years ago shortly after we finished building the house. The stone is all from various stone piles from around the farm. That means I had to go to the various stone piles, dig up stones I had personally put into those piles as a teen (something like 20 years before), haul them to our homestead, and fit them into the wall. When I was building them I told myself that if I had know at the time I would want those stones later, I would have put them where I would be using them when I picked them off the field! We have enjoyed the walls and will enjoy them more when we have the terraces ready to become De's herb garden.
Finally, I'll leave with a picture of hope. Even after the long, very cold, and very hard winter, God provides us with reminders that all is well and He is still in control. De and I both love those first crocuses that push their way up through that spot in the yard. They are encouraging in a dozen ways and, to us, are a reminder that God's plan still goes forward.
God Bless and Take Care,