After the gym yesterday, I decided on a trip to the chiropractor, which I had been putting off. I was able to get in quickly because someone cancelled. I texted my Monday helper asking her to feed the puppy and give hay to the sheep as soon as she arrived, only to find out that she had no plans to come. She has arranged to do something else for the next few Mondays, but she would be happy to make it up another day. (I really don’t think the animals want to wait)
Now I use this as an example, but it is not unique. The plumber, the fellow who is clearing out some of the blackberries, and so the list goes on and on. Appointments are made, work is to be done by a specific time and nothing happens. I am told this is the new reality. Don’t expect anything, because people will get to it eventually when they have time . Then why do they make appointments or think I should pay immediately? Using this logic, shouldn’t I be able to pay them when I get around to it?
Is this unique to where I am because there is a shortage of people wanting to work? OR am I just way behind in reality? I learned that when people are waiting for you and you don’t show, you are stealing their time.
I did the chores that I could and DH and I made a quick trip to Costco before I came home to a one hour phone conference that lasted 2 hours. Finished the animal chores and had no energy left to make an October “to do” list. But then maybe that’s okay. October will be for catching up – cleaning piles that have been building over the summer and house cleaning that had to wait until gardening and canning were finished for this year.
I still have grapes to pick and apples aren’t here yet. We made over 50 quarts of grape juice and while we enjoyed some, there are still more than 40 quarts for the winter. The rest of the grapes will go into the freezer to be made into raisins as we have the time. We are out of split peas which should be in by the end of the month and then I can process those. Meanwhile, we will take a week off for traveling this month and I will work on finishing bits and pieces of projects nearly done. With some extreme luck, I may tuck some knitting into the month.
Boredom? Doesn’t happen here!
This knocked me off my chair late last night. I really thought he would never find the right woman. He’s nearly 40 now, so he’s met a few and no one appealed to him enough to make him pop the question. Now he has done it! And we are happy for them. No date has been set yet.
I took Beau (dog) to the vet this morning to get the stitches out and he gets so excited with all the new smells, it is difficult to hang onto him. We came home from that and Bill and I went to the grocery store. I had a short list, but, even so, they didn’t have half the items on my list.
The UPS man dropped these 40# boxes off at the gate to the barn instead of at the front door. When DH went to get them, one of the dogs slipped by and did a neighborhood walk about. So I put the boxes in the back of the car and then went dog chasing. And this is why I go to the gym 3 days a week.
I made stuffed Rigatoni for a company lunch tomorrow. I simmered the tomatoes to half the amount and added vegetables to that. The filling for these is a vegan ricotta/spinach filling. Then I did get some basic house cleaning done and 5 pints of green beans canned.
When I went to feed the sheep, I found one with his head stuck in the fence and he didn’t want to pull back, so I called a neighbor to have him help me push the head back through. How is it these sheep can twist their heads to get to grass on the other side of a fence, but can’t twist it to get back out? Boredom on a farm? It doesn’t happen. Sometimes I wonder what I did for entertainment when we lived in the city, and then I remember. We had little children and music lessons!
Every day this week, I had allocated the afternoon to sewing, but every time an afternoon came, there was something else more pressing. I only have a week and a half of this month left and still have not completed any of my August sewing/quilting challenges, though some are started. The knitting challenge is finished. I just looked at next weeks and find that Monday, we go to the heart doctor and my helper that usually comes for 5 hours on Monday is taking the day off for eclipse reasons. Tuesday, the people are coming with the excavator to dig the hole to put a large water tank and a propane tank. Lines will be dug to connect the water to the house as well. Maybe Sunday, after I water the gardens, and Wednesday I can work on some of these projects. I don’t do well missing sleep, so that is not an option.
Boredom? I don’t even know what that is.
Right now, I’m ready for the Sabbath rest. You are welcome to join us.
PS For readers who knew her, Alice Kirkman passed away this week.