The topsoil that was removed and stored in the motley assortment of containers has found a use after all! The guys spent the better part of the day yesterday using it as fill dirt in the driveway to replace the 1 foot deep cavity where the mulched/composted soil was removed. They figured it would make a good base for the permeable paving that we plan to eventually put in the driveway. So far they have used over 1/2 the bucket pile!
The weather has been quite warm, last evening we even had the front door open. Temperatures thru the holidays will be hovering near or above 80 degrees. Unfortunately no rain in sight as our rainy season period gradually narrows
Today marks the shortest day of the year, from now on it’s just a matter of time before spring creeps (or rather springs) upon us. I’d like to share with you a piece that Jordanne wrote few years back about this time of year:
Once again we stand at the threshold of a new year. This continuing carousel of time has been revolving for generations through millennia.
December is a rather sentimental month as it marks the last days of past time, past accomplishments, and past memories. No matter our wish, we can’t return to the outgoing year; we can only look behind and see from where we have come.
Yet, December plays the partner to optimism as it also heralds beginnings of new hopes. Dreams of projects for the approaching year are planted like little seeds in this month, ready to spring forth with a burst of enthusiasm.
For half of the world, December brings with it barren dormancy. The earth rests; the trees rest. Growth is suspended and flowers fold their buds inward, all waiting for that precise time when nature trumpets the arrival of spring.
A passage in the book of Ecclesiastes tells us that there is a season for everything. For without the sequences of the seasons, there would be no equal balance to nature as well as life. It is this rhythm that every living thing depends on.
December is a time of losing and gaining, letting go of some things and reclaiming others. A time of learning and a time of promise. Spring will dawn soon and we’ll know when it arrives by the changes of nature’s texture. The sunlight feels different on our skin; the soil’s just a bit softer. The cyclical seasons will have come full circle. We move in and out of them for hundreds of times and each moment offers us reasons to expand our capabilities and learn.
Gardening is a rewarding way to expand our awareness beyond the here and now and it has a lot to teach us – growth, renewal, patience, the delicate existence of beauty. It also teaches us to pay attention to the subtle changes of the earth, the weather, the animals, and new growth. But it with each new change comes uncertainties that slip into our awareness.
No one knows what possibilities change may bring. What colors will the flowers bloom? Will the garden produce forth its bounty? Will the weather provide enough rain and warmth to keep the plants alive?
Yes, gardening through the seasons is one gamble after another. To work the land one must have unwavering faith. Faith is the necessary element that keeps the gardener planting. He has faith that the spring will come around, that the rains will come and the tiny little seed that he put in the ground would one day germinate and yield forth its bounty.
That is how gardening reflects life. Sometimes we don’t know what’s going to happen until it’s upon us. Sometimes what appears to be dead is not dead at all. Sometimes we don’t know if something will work out, but we still plant the “seed” and wait patiently.
We’ll never know our true capability until we try and we’ll never know what opportunities will grow into bigger things if we care to have faith in them. A seed thrown away is just that – a seed. But a seed given the chance to grow may turn into a plant and produce a rewarding crop.
It takes a seed to begin a garden; it takes faith, no matter how small, to begin the work of great possibilities. But the journey is never easy, nor does it have an end.
So. as this year winds into receding history. we remember to trust in the Creator’s guidance and have faith through the new season, learning and growing, while hiking that narrow, less-traveled path – the Path to Freedom.
From all of at Path to Freedom, wishing you a blessed season and new year.