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Don't Put Off Until Tomorrow

5/15/2011 10:08:48 AM

Tags: More on mountain homesteading at, Bruce McElmurray

unloading firewoodSnow in May

How many times have you said to yourself, I’ll get to that tomorrow?  When you live in the mountains at 9,750’ those words are not part of your vocabulary.   To put off or procrastinate is a sure way to really confound your schedule and projects.  As can be seen in the photo, those projects planned for today are reluctantly out of the question.  I had planned to cut some fire wood that I brought down yesterday.  The photos clearly indicate the contrast in weather.  I was also going to gather a few small flat rocks that are all over out property to finish some area’s in our rock siding.  Clearly both projects are now out of the question with 4” of fresh snow on the ground. 

It will not last long but when it melts away the ground will be muddy and not suitable to work outside in.  To live in the mountains you must be flexible and prepared for change.  More specifically you need to be prepared for the unexpected.  That probably applies to most places equally and not just here where we live.  We have been receiving regular snow fall which we consider good for the moisture value.  I put my garden in on a beautiful day and the next day we had several inches of fresh snow.  I had planned to get more firewood cut and today more snow.  Planning ahead is a good thing to do, but being flexible is equally important.  We can get snow well into summer.  It is rare, but not totally unheard of when you live where we do.

Just a little mountain man philosophy to share with you.   We can’t control the weather and most other factors but we can control how we deal with it.  So today instead of cutting firewood I’m sitting here at the computer doing a blog to share with readers.  Tomorrow will be another day and maybe tomorrow I’ll get that firewood done.  It really won’t matter much because where we live winter is not over yet so to plan for next winter this far ahead is wishful thinking anyway.  

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