Everything is popping out of its wintery shell this week. Flowers are coming out of nowhere, the trees are turning a light shade of green, and every morning I wake to the delightful sound of songbirds outside my window.
Even through all the beauty, I have a love/hate relationship with spring.
When you’re a homsteader spring is all at once gorgeous and exhausting. After the quiet, isolated, hermit months of winter, it’s wonderful to be outside in the fresh air and sunshine. But that fresh air and sunshine also means it’s time to get to work.
Almost everything that needs to be done in spring happens all at once. Chicks hatch, seeds need to be planted, landscapes need to be worked, and all. the. things. need to be cleaned.
It’s intense. It’s a lot of work. And I love it.
I wouldn’t change this life for anything. Growing and raising my own food is ultra empowering. I have always adored animals, and homesteading gives me a great excuse to surround myself with them. Eating fruits and veg straight from the garden is so mind-blowingly delicious, you wouldn’t believe it. I seriously didn’t know how incredible peas actually were until I ate them freshly picked.
As much as I’d like to go on all day about how much I love homesteading, it’s time to ACTUALLY go do it. The chickens are beckoning.