Working On The Leftovers At The Farm

For the past two days and will continue for some time I have been working through the leftovers on the farm. A task that is at first glance overwhelming. But like most jobs the hardest part is getting started. Farm folks at times will have a use for most anything I believe. That old rusted bolt, washer, belt, scrap of leather, you name it at some point it might come in handy. Over time much of this has become buried under the briars, or if in a barn, shed, etc, hidden beneath all the new valuable discards of late.

For a few years now I have thought what an unwanted chore it will become for our children to go through this one day when I have passed on. A lot of the leftovers have over time lost their once perceived value and must be discarded or what is left of them hauled off to the dump.

Now and then a tool will surface that will come in handy again in the present. I wonder as I sit and ponder, why in the world did I keep this? In the past a local dump or recycling place was unavailable. So filling up low spots and ditches was where the scrap and trash ended up.

Having tried though out my life to be thankful for all that I receive and for each day I am blessed with there is that feeling of contentment that comes with leftovers. I bet my brother-in-law, father-in-law or my little woman was happy when they got this or that new. Once in a while a true antique may surface as I continue digging. An old corn grinder. or scrap of horse harness I know would have been treasured by my mother-in-law. Who cherished bygone days and valued the reminders of them.

This stay at home deal with the virus has made me thankful. Sorting through the leftovers of living. Not the overwhelming task I once dreaded. Requiring the use of my hands and back. It will affect my output taking pictures but may ignite that bygone thought of writing I once had. Or not. Time will tell. As always I am thankful and hope you enjoy your leftovers as much as I do…

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6 Responses to Working On The Leftovers At The Farm

  1. ellen says:

    Your writings, if compiled, would last forever. I always enjoy them. So if left overs brings them, that is a good thing. Really nice ‘come back’ photos. Beauty of the memories they bring.

  2. BJ Helton says:

    I wish you luck in going through the past & finding a few treasures as well as adding to the dump & free your environment. I hope you continue writing. You have a gift.

  3. I’ve been picking through things too but haven’t found any real treasures. I thought what a burden it will be on the kids, same as you.
    I’ve heard that squirrels eat parts of trees but I’ve never seen it so I’m thankful for that shot.
    Great closeup of the rooster!

    • Jim says:

      New Hampshire Gardener,
      I don’t expect to find any true treasures other than personal ones. It has been on my mind for a couple years of the burden it would be to clean up around the farm. That is the first time I have got a shot good enough to see the squirrel eating the leaf shoots. Thank You…

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