And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Friday, April 01, 2011

Spring... Maybe?

I looked out the window yesterday, and saw (for the first time since fall) a small bit of the path on the south side of the house free of snow. Today, the sound of water dripping off the roof was the first thing I heard when I opened my eyes.

I think Spring might have finally found its way to my little corner of the world! I am hopinghopinghoping that soon I will be able to see grass growing, and start feeling around in the flower beds for the spikes of hosta, tulip, and iris just popping through the soil's surface.

Please. Please. Please!

Mr. Barefoot has been talking about cutting down more trees in the yard. On the one hand, I am totally excited by this prospect. If we got rid of the trees already on the property, I could plant more veggies, and fit some fruit trees in. It would be a huge step forward in my little dream of growing more of our own food. I would have many more flowers I could grow, as well, and this gardener loves her flower gardens!

On the other hand, I remember how nekkid I felt when the power company came and cut down trees along the back property line. I remember vividly the mourning I went through when they cut down one of the prettiest trees on the property. I like our trees, have gotten used to having them where they are, and I don't know how I would feel if they were all gone and I had to start from scratch.

Change is scary, ya know?

So Mr. Barefoot and I keep on talking about it, and thinking about it, and wondering which trees should go first (there are a few that really need to go for safety reasons). And I distract myself by thinking about how wonderful it will be to have Spring here, and be able to sit out on my deck with a book. I focus on how good it will feel to have my hands in the soil, and to smell that glorious "dirt smell".

~and that's all I have to say about that~


webb said...

Cutting down trees is traumatic, even when they "should" go. Cut the ones that need it and then reassess. At least that way you can do it in steps. Mr. Barefoot doesn't really want to do it all at once - too much work!

Toriz said...


Mainly this is just to let you know I'm still reading your blog, since the "listen and type" thing has decided to tell me the numbers today... YAY! But I also want to say...

I'm glad you're seeing signs of Spring arriving, and able to start thinking about being outside again. I think you should get rid of just the trees that "need" to go for safety reasons, then step back and think about whether or not it would be practical or worthwhile to get rid of any others. The fact those trees need to go for safety reasons should soften the blow for you a little, and - in the meantime - you'll be clearing some space for fruit trees and veggie plots!

I hope you can sit outside with your book soon!

P.S. I tried to say so on the posts in question, but... Well, you know the situation with the word verification... Anyway, while I can actually get things to work, I'd like to say that - despite how tiresome Little Sprout can be sometimes, it sounds like you have two terrific kids there! And you must be doing a wonderful job of raising them for Big Sprout to have the values she has!