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Do the Next Thing

Sometimes you just don't know what to do next when there is a lot to do. I find that to be especially true in the springtime, when the world is coming alive and there are a lot of things that need my attention. Jim has many more things than I to think about when spring rolls around. People who work in nature-field or forest, realize how important it is to get the right things done at the right time, or your window of opportunity may be closed for some time to come. Maybe the best advice I've heard is to just "do the next thing". Once the ball is rolling, it builds up some momentum and things pick up speed.

Jim and the horses have been right at it this week, since we have had a beautiful stretch of weather. He got a patch of ground harrowed that he plowed up last fall. He has spread manure on some ground he is getting ready to plow when the ground is dry enough to work. Today has been the most beautiful and warm of the days, and he has been out fixing fence while the ground is soft and the fenceposts are easy to pound in. Since our driveway is often a muddy mess in the spring, Jim has found that having the horses drag the spring tooth harrow over it helps it to dry out faster. That is another job that he did this week because the time was right.

I have also done a few time-sensitive jobs this week outside. Some of those things included replanting some baby strawberry plants after removing some of the old tired plants, and broadcasting some manure on the garden, hoping the coming rain would soak the nutrients in to the soil. I have also taken off that quite unattractive, but totally necessary plastic Jim and I put around the house foundation last fall to stave off the winter wind and cold. I let it soak in the sun and dry off before folding it up for next winter. Some jobs aren't pleasant but they are necessary.

What about you? Do you find yourself faced with a lot of things to do in the near future? Do you wonder where to start? Do you have a lot of critics telling you how to do things? Remember, this is your life. Forge forward and do the next thing. You might look back and be surprised at all you got accomplished!

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26. März 2021

another entertaining post. You are very correct in what you say. We still have a few snow piles and drifts around, so I still have time to get moving. Sadly after doing very little most of the winter, I am having a hard time getting motivated. But hearing and seeing you and Jim getting out and about gives me some motivation to get going.

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28. März 2021
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Hi Bladewiper, thanks for reading the blog and for your comment. It is hard to get going after the long winter but hang in there, spring is on the way! Brenda

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