We spent much today shopping for essentials. That is if you call tractors and washing machines essentials. We looked at both and will take the next week to make decisions. The tractor salesman may have talked himself out of deal. He is coming over next week to look at the land, but really thought he knew someone who would do the work we need at an incredibly low price. But then sometimes that is too good to be true. We will wait and see.
The washing machine has a higher priority. I am not finding a top loader that has all that I want and that I can still fill with water if I want to soak something or even dye it. So I’m still searching. It seems the companies have gone to the programmed machine that weighs the clothes and decides how much water that load will need.
We did buy groceries and light bulbs, so we are all set for the weekend.
What do I do when overwhelmed and understaffed? I make more and more detailed lists. At the top of the day, when I wasn’t sure which way to go, I started writing down all the things that were bothering me. I knew they couldn’t all be achieved today or even this week. On paper, they are not bogging my brain down. Having made these lists, I could then do a better job of prioritizing. And yes, more was added as the day went on. I mean who knew that
the washing machine wanted to die today? And who knew that when I went to REI to get a pair of gym pants, they would have nothing casual? Every pair they had were meant to show every wrinkle in the skin. So after an hour of driving to and from REI, I went to my list and added, “shop for pants and a washing machine” Costco is sending me pants to try and probably Sears will be delivering a washing machine (still deciding). Now that was so much easier and better than chasing all over the countryside, wasting time and gas. I do love some of these modern conveniences even though I believe that we should know how to be self-sufficient.
And who knew my neighbor would call trying to find another neighbor who was no longer in the nursing home (she was transferred back to the hospital)? Who knows what a day will bring, which is one reason I need my lists for a larger picture of what has to be done and what can be pushed off.
What did I achieve today?
made these muffins that we had with yogurt and fruit for dinner.
made a list of things to be done by the woman who periodically helps me with the garden and animals.
Called repair for washer and water under wood floor. Will run fan for 2 days to try to save floor.
at stated above made a trip to REI
researched which washer I want to buy and sent link to
checked bees water
went through fleeces and put a lock in that sheep’s folder
watered hoop house
paid the bills that were due
Copied the utility bills and delivered the neighbors for them to pay
Checked in with a sheep neighbor for info and to see she’s okay
contacted sheep person for registrations for sheep I purchased a year ago
ordered dog food
did two loads of wash before disaster
got lemon tree moved to hoop house
checked on Aunt and found she was moved to rehab today
sew a button on a jacket
and all the things we do every day and don’t count – sweep floors, make meals, feed animals, etc, etc, etc.
There will be more things done between now and bedtime that I can check off. But then again, I’ll think of more to add.
sewed on my bunny.
Did you notice how many of these items only took a few minutes? What did you achieve today? I’ll bet it was a lot more than you gave yourself credit for. Make a list of everything you do in a day. It will surprise you, because normally one gets to the end of the day and can’t think of much that was accomplished. At least that’s what happens here. When I make a list, I can see that something is done which in turn makes me feel better.
Okay, it’s your turn. GO make those lists. And I would love to hear how it went.
The new bees arrived today. I hope they will be happy here. We will do our best to keep them comfortable. Maybe I can find a spot to put in a bee garden of flowers they especially like. We got them set up and then couldn’t find their water bottles so we called several stores. All were out of them, so we are improvising with chicken watering bottles. By the time, we had done what we could to make them happy, we had spent 3 hours. And that doesn’t count the hours, we go back out just to look and see that everything is good. Does anyone know if I have to fence around them so the sheep won’t knock them down?
We were out of split pea soup which is a big calamity around here. But someone forgot to tell me we were getting low, and I wasn’t keeping track. For him, it’s a staple. He likes about 5 pints a week. I made up 50 pints because that was all the jars I had available. I processed 2 batches today and will do the others tomorrow. That will give him enough for 2 more months. Then I can do some more just before it gets hot which will probably be about the end of July. However, it’s been a cool spring, so it may not get really hot this summer. It seems as soon as I get a few jars empty, there is something else to put in them.
Sheep fix: https://youtu.be/kASFnc3ReK0
I finally put together a pile of quilts for those with fewer resources than we have and took them to the church. It’s cold out there. The secretary said they have men sleeping in the doorways at night now. I need to make some simple, but warm quilts as she said at this point, anything helps them.
Then it was lunch time. I like a simple tostada with a shell, beans, and lettuce, and of course guacamole throughout. I found that if I order it as a side, I get a bit more.
Remember the fencing, I spent an hour repairing yesterday with baling wire? Since the sheep have nothing better to do than to eat and then figure out how to dismantle things, they achieved the dismantle by pushing the 2 x 4s down. So today I dragged a cattle panel to the pen. It completely fit that area, so we tied it up and hope that it will last until Sunday and we can get it put up more securely. But one never really knows. These sheep are small as they are Shetlands, but they are mighty when they decide they want to be somewhere else.
That was enough fun for this crazy day. So I spent some time knitting a new pair of socks. These are on a size 3 needle and 100% wool, so I will add nylon to the heel and toes to reinforce those areas. I put the socks on hold that were needing more attention. These are going fast because I don’t have to think much and it is a larger yarn. As you can see from my note on the page, I’m only working on 48 stitches. Maybe, I’ll get these done before the month is over and can go back and work on January’s socks.
Hang on tight and enjoy life’s crazy roller coaster ride.
January sock progress is like molasses. Very slow going. I am now half way through the heel flap. No the socks will not be finished in January as I originally planned. I’ll have to see what is scheduled for February = hopefully no more illness so that I can get February’s socks done and go back and finish these.
I spent about 4 hours this morning, moving furniture and cleaning floors under machines. Sweeping, mopping, discarding, put bolts and other fabrics away all takes time. So we took the afternoon off and spent another 5 hours, grocery shopping, and having AT&T tell me why the phone wasn’t working. Amazingly they couldn’t get it to misbehave and so far it is still working. I had planned to get an ice cream cake at Dairy Queen for the party Saturday evening, but their idea of a an ice cream cake, was a layer of vanilla topped with a layer of chocolate and then frosted like a cake. So we went to Baskin Robbins and bought pizza like pies. They have a big chocolate cookie on the bottom and are filled with ice cream and cut into 8ths. That should be easy to handle at the party. (Yes, there is vegan cake and ice cream for those that choose.)
Zigzagular socks from Prairie Girl Designs is my first bit of knitting this year. I really don’t need another project, but I don’t have any boms in the knitting world. I finish each one I start for fear I’ll forget where I am in the pattern or even how to do the pattern. Plus this is one of the knitting projects I have on my list for this year. Even though I had trouble with the last Knitpicks yarn, I’m giving them another try because I have it. I will have to call them tomorrow because uncharacteristically they have not contacted me back. It may have something to do with the season and their sales.
I could get so much more done if I could just stay home. Today, I went to get more posts for the fence. Then the hole driller was acting up, so I got to take that to the repair shop and ask them about it and I was supposed to get some brackets to hold the cross bars by the gates, but will do that tomorrow after gym. Oh, and I have to exchange 4 of the posts because they didn’t pass inspection here.
All of this makes it very difficult to get anything done. So I asked my DH to please make a menu of what he would like to eat. This is what he wrote. When I questioned him about lack of variety, he said he thought I just wanted him to write down what he would eat if he had to cook. So now we know! But then he has salad on his list, so he must have looked in the refrigerator and found that I had some made. And he can make oatmeal, dish granola if it’s already made, open soups, microwave potatoes. Looks like he won’t starve if I give up cooking. That’s something to think about.