A couple weeks ago we did a prairie burn at a friend’s property. We do this every year or two and is usually a fun time. The kids play and run around in the woods and find cool things like the deer skeleton below, while the grownups grab a flapper (wooden handled pole with a thick rubber flap to put out fire) or a water backpack with spray nozzel and burn the prairie. The purpose of a prairie burn is to remove old growth and stop the spread of invasive species while putting nutrients back in the soil. Sometimes the act of burning allows dormant native grasses to spread, become active, or now have a clear space for sunlight and nutrients that previously wasn’t there. In our own lives, it’s good to remove old growth in any number of things:
- Getting rid of clothes that don’t fit, are out of fashion
- Getting rid of “stuff” that accumulates; donate it (keep the receipt for tax purposes) or have a garage sale
- Let go of the hard feelings of the past, focus more on being a good person (wife, husband, mother, father, friend, child) now
- Roll over that 401k that you’ve been sitting on from that old job. I guarantee you are paying way too high of administrative fees and are losing money on what are likely poor investment choices. Go to Scottrade or E-Trade or whatever on-line broker you prefer and have them help you. Basically, a direct rollover into an IRA will incur no fees or taxes. Instead, invest in Vanguard Index funds (very, very low fees) in a diversified way that meets your risk tolerance. Now is the time
- Clean the house down to the bones. Spring cleaning is the time to make things shine since summer is way to fun to spend time getting the grime out of the refrigerator or powerwashing the siding.
Here are some photos.