- pruning shrubs
- raking last year’s growth from hostas
- cleaning ditches of litter
Whoops, change of plans! The tractor hydraulic system quit. I got recruited to take the pump to a hydraulic shop to see if it can be fixed. It is 75 miles from the farm. Fortunately for me, my son and his family live there. I can see them for awhile.
My husband has to get the tractors ready to work for the planting season. He has to finish spreading manure and grinding feed for the cattle. Lesser jobs get done while waiting for the big ones, i. e. tractors, to resolve.
To top it off, he found a new job. As the frost left the ground, an underground water pipe broke and began leaking water. Urgent, incidental events like this crop up and the planned tasks have to be set aside. Frustration can set in.
Since my plans changed with my little trip to the hydraulic store, my daughter got to clean the ditch for me instead. I stayed 2 days with my son’s family. What an unexpected blessing to be with my grandchildren again. I also enjoyed my daughter-in-law’s delicious home-cooking. (I find particular delight in eating someone else’s cooking once in a while.)
My visit came to an end. With the recent April showers, my spring cleaning attention is directed at the house.