Western Oregon normally has pretty moderate weather compared to other part of the country. But over the last few days we’ve had some very cold temperatures. Last night, the temperature fell below freezing. There was a light dusting of snow on the ground that quickly disappeared as the temperature warmed to above freezing and a light rain began to fall. Now, sadly, it’s just overcast .
Sitting in my room, looking through the sliding glass door to my yard, I am reminded of all the work awaiting me when we get close to spring and the weather warms. Weeds, that seem to thrive no matter the season, need to be cleared away to make room for my spring garden, for bright flowers to attract multitudes of birds. Over the last several years I’ve been rather negligent, too focused on other things and ignoring that small corner of the natural world that surrounds my house. While, yes, I live in a tract house, there’s no reason that my yard cant become a haven for small creatures. I live in a small town and not a big city and within less than a mile from my house are woods teaming with life and there is no reason that I can’t make my yard a safe haven free of larger predators, a place where critters can frolic worry free.
And, of course, after several years of neglect, I realize that there will be a lot of hard work involved. But, I’m actually looking forward to it. Beautifying my very small corner of the world will be may way of worshiping Mother Earth, the Goddess that sustains all.