Today’s Work

I spent most of this morning writing a set of behavior-based interview questions designed to help congregations and other organizations in the Episcopal Church select leaders with strong experience in collaborative leadership. And when I had finished the first part of the project and sent it on to the rest of my ECF team members, I went outside to do the other part of today’s work. First, I did a whole bunch of raking, enough to make the muscles of my arms sting and to break out a sweat even though we are already in mid-December.

Then Sherod rode the tractor up to the area I had been raking, hauling behind him a FEMA-blue tarp. Now, ever since Hurricane Wilma in Ft Lauderdale, back in 2005, I have always associated this color with disaster. Last week, when I was going into town anyway, Sherod had me pick one up for him. He’s run two lines through the grommets and after he stopped the tractor, we put the tarp down and together got all the leaves I’d rake into piles onto the tarp. A few tugs and some pulling and it had become a giant purse that was ready to get hauled to the garden area so the leaves get worked into the soil.  As I write this, the Mallowman is still out working all those leaves into the ground. Our resident horse and friend, Buck, stands just outside the barn and seems curious and eager to figure out what’s happening.  This is the work of Advent this year.

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3 thoughts on “Today’s Work

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  2. I can’t believe you are out there in shorts! It sounds like the garden is going to be a huge success. I follow a woman’s blog who is a great gardner. She suggests doing your soil testing now. If you wait until Spring it may take several weeks before you get the results back, and by then you will well into planting. Right now they are basically twiddling their thumbs! Once you get your results back you can add your amendments and you’ll be good to go in the spring! Missing you…

    • Mary Johnston: We sent soil tests in this week! I am also trying to figure out if it is too late to plant some red clover crop cover. I know it would help the soil but I think I’m too late since we are already having frosts on a fairly regular basis. Peaceful Valley says it should be planted two or three weeks before first frost. If you have any feedback would be much appreciated. Am posting this on FB too

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