Day 126: Something Beautiful—To Farm

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of a year.

I farmed today. And I began at dawn. “Farmed” is a term from my beginnings as a farmer’s daughter. Haying, disking, cultivating, planting, raking, and hoeing corn and beans from a foreign field were activities that significantly molded who I am and how I see the world. And, so, I farmed today and I began at dawn.

No large fields lay before me. Three quarters of an uphill acre is all that can be handled by someone with my life. Unlike my Dad, I did not pick the land for the quality of the soil. And that is my purgatory. Deer and clay.

But the day was magnificent. Sun unfolding all morning. Breezy. Cool enough to work. Warm enough for comfort. My piece of the world asked for divided peonies and purple sage. Digging dandelions and thistles. Culling river rock to set aside for rock walks and retaining walls. Topping off window boxes and vegetable pots with manure and feeding the birds. Cadmium yellow dwarf marigold and fragile sky blue lobelia were carefully planted in terra cotta clay and the second floor window box. Wet black mulch was spread around nearly the entire back retaining wall border. I worked all day. And I began at dawn. With an inspired sunrise that flooded me with hope and warmth and a sense of good in the world. The day was — beautiful.


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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One Response to Day 126: Something Beautiful—To Farm

  1. Bea Neal says:

    Where is your camera? I want to see what YOU did. I bet it looks so nice. I can just see you walking around at the end of the day, with your glass of wine, just smiling at how nice it looks. :)B

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