It is said: Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
I am beginning to think that this is true. But, like a child, I have ignored this wisdom at my own peril. When I do heed these words, I tend to do a lot better in a lot of ways, and when I don’t, I inevitably falter on my path. But I do think there is a time and place to disregard conventional wisdom, otherwise how would we ever have fun?
For the past 4 days we have interspersed our work with recreation. This is because we pushed ourselves hard last week and we can feel the weariness in our bones. I hauled over 21 tons of gravel back and forth along along a 200 foot long path for perhaps 800 trips, with wheelbarrow full, and then empty. I have soreness in muscles I haven’t used for a while. We did a lot of work, and now it makes sense to relax a bit. It is hard to, though, as we still have plenty of projects to do. But don’t we always?
I think of winter as the time to catch up on cleaning and projects inside the house. It is the only way to think, otherwise I would go crazy. That leaves the entire outside realm of our small farmstead to contemplate. There are many things to do before the ground freezes.
The Rabbit hangs out near the rabbit tractor. I slowly approach with net in hand. Finally, I am between him and his fence to freedom. But now he knows this. I feint, he lunges, I keep him at bay. It is a stalemate. It is exactly like Go, the ancient Chinese boardgame. I see the pieces fall into place all around me. The problem is that I am not very good at Go. I feint again to the right of the tractor, trying to head him in the other direction and scoop him up with the net, but I am too slow and he makes his break as I hurtle out of control at him, and he knows he has won this time. He nestles back into his lapine kingdom. It is a ko fight.