This being the weekend and all, I am going to go a little off-topic, that is a little away from cottage life, but not far, I am going to “country life” instead. Well, that is an exaggeration….not exactly country life…OK now I am just rambling…
I came across some advice, not just any advice, but some “old farmer’s advice” recently, it’s amazing what you can find on the internet, I am almost through reading all of the internet now, and I have learned a great deal. Downloading the internet took quite a long time, but I feel it was worth it…..
Have you ever wondered why it is always “old farmers” who provide the best advice? I have. Why don’t young farmers know this stuff? Maybe if they did they would have bigger and better farms right from the outset. Is it because old farmers have a lot of time to think about “stuff” when they are driving their tractors or milking cows? Or is it because they are really much smarter than the rest of us. You seldom read “old fisherman advice” anywhere….are they not as deep thinkers as old farmers? Another thing…wouldn’t you think that rocket scientists would have the best advice? I haven’t come across any ‘old rocket scientist advice’ either……
Not being a farmer or fisherman and certainly not a rocket scientist, I really cannot comment on this and probably shouldn’t.
The closest I come to farming is a small cottage garden, it’s about 25 feet by 25 feet in size, and grows carrots, beans, peas, etc. Usually not enough to feed us for long, but we do get to have a few nice late summer meals including fresh-out-of-our-own-cottage-garden-vegetables.
There is a lot to be said for having a little garden at the camp. It’s fun to watch stuff grow, it’s fun to till it up the soil with a roto-tiller, it’s fun to look for deer tracks in the garden, especially in the fall, and it’s fun not fun to weed it…..
I tell myself each year that it is the last year for the garden at the camp. I also keep thinking the garden area would be a great place to build a two car garage. But each year in the Spring, I get out the tiller and prepare the garden for planting. It’s become somewhat of a tradition, and traditions are difficult to stop. Besides a garden is a great conversation starter, lot’s of visitors to the camp check out our little garden patch, asking “how’s the garden?” even though they can clearly see it is full of weeds and the plants are struggling to get sunlight through the weeds. I always say it is “doing good.”
When asked about the weeds, or when someone says, “You need to weed it.” I always rely on an answer from an old friend of mine who always said, “The weeds help to hold the much needed moisture in the ground.”
Now that makes absolutely no sense, as the weeds probably suck up all the much needed moisture, but it generally gets visitors off the subject. Besides the old friend who told me that line…well he was old…not really a farmer but old…so his advice must have been pretty good…..
If the above response doesn’t work, I have one more that always does:
“Thanks for offering to weed my garden, I appreciate the help, wait here, I’ll get you a pair of garden gloves.”
That one is guaranteed to get folks to drop the subject of weeds in my garden, and generally helps to dissuade unwanted visitors to the camp to move along…..see-ya!
So….speaking of gardens, and old farmers….here is the old farmers advice I mentioned at the beginning of this post.
Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.”
“Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.”
“Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.”
“A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.”
“Words that soak into your ears are whispered…….not yelled.”
“Meanness don’t just happen overnight.”
“Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.”
“Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.”
“It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.”
“You cannot un-say a cruel word.”
“Every path has a few puddles.”
“When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.”
“The best sermons are lived, not preached.”
“Most of the stuff people worry about, ain’t never gonna happen anyway.”
“Don ‘t judge folks by their relatives.
“Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.”
“Live a good and honorable life, then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.”
“Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.”
“Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.”
“If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.”
“Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
“The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every morning.”
“Always drink upstream from the herd.”
“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.”
“Letting the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.”
“If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else’s dog around.”
“Live simply, love generously, care deeply,
“Speak kindly, and leave the rest to God.”
There ya go campers, your Cottage Chronicles wisdom for today….I hope you enjoy your day and live as wisely as the old farmers.
p.s. If you actually are an old farmer, fisherman or rocket scientist and you are reading this….well…..
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