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August 26, 2007

Step back and focus

What's more annoying that running into a face-level spider web?

Walking into it with your mouth open.

Even more annoying is running into it AGAIN.

Suddenly, there are spider webs everywhere. It's that time of year again. Not just the big monster spiders like the one pictured on a recent blog post, but other kinds as well: one behind the goat shed and several hanging from various trees. Every morning they are newly woven, set to capture food for the maker. By evening, they are in shreds, but the spiders work diligently overnight to repair and renew them.

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.
(Proverbs 6:6-8)

Homesteading is hard work. Most days it's all I can do to keep up with what has to be done, much less things that should be done. I want to have better control over my time, and work on things that matter. I need to focus. Summer's heat has distracted me from many things, and I need to step back, simplify, cut back, and get busy again.

I've spent the past week or two doing some clean-up work around the homestead. This place was a disaster area when we bought it (which is why it was cheap!) We've done a lot of work on it, but there is still much to be done, and if you haven't seen the "before" pictures, you'd still think it was in poor shape. I've accomplished two big clean-up projects, and am encouraged by their completion, and hope to keep at it. (Maybe I should take some "before" pictures.)

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