One of the challenges that we’ve taken on around here is the clearing of our property. California is suffering quite a drought and living a bit out-in-the-sticks, in a canyon no less, can be a bit scary to say the least. So clearing dead wood and brush is always a good idea. It’s been quite a project.
One of the benefits is that the hawks and owls have been hanging around more since it’s easy pickins’… there’s basically nowhere for the rodents to hide. I certainly have no objection, since the varmints have eaten most of what I’ve planted. Yes, what the gophers don’t get from underneath, the chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, and an occasional deer take care of. There are also mice and rats around these parts. And they’re all pretty cute until your investment in time, effort and money is wiped out basically overnight. And fruit trees ain’t cheap, I can tell ya!
And of course, other benefits are firewood and wood chips. And those certainly come in handy.
February is the month of love. Most everything seems to be about loving someone else, being someone’s Valentine… just look at music. Somewhere around 99% of the songs written are about love. But it turns out loving yourself is a big part of it. You’ve no doubt heard it said that you need to love yourself before you can love others. It’s true. One way you can love yourself is to make sure things in your life are ‘happening.’ Maybe you spend most of your time slogging along hoping to keep up with the pace of life. Meanwhile, your stuff gets neglected. You’ve been meaning to improve your image in business, get a website up, a logo designed, but nothing ever seems to get done. Sometimes, you just need to put everything else aside and make sure YOU are taken care of. In fact, it should be your priority. The fact of the matter is, it’s really necessary in our current environment. It’s so basic… a foundation you can build on going forward. DIY’ers get in there and end up struggling through to get something done that might not be the best use of their time. There are people who do these things professionally and can make a huge difference in the outcome. Meanwhile, you can spend your time doing what YOU do best. So decide to love yourself. Give yourself priority, and maybe get a little help in the process. The year is young and full of potential. Get yourself moving in the right direction and watch things start popping.