If I mention in a blog post sometime this coming winter how busy I am, would somebody please whop me upside the head, and remind me that the days can't possibly be as full as they are this time of year when there are so many things crying for attention both inside AND outside?
Tuesday of this week was spent on a day's shopping expedition to the big city. Both of us had lists three feet long and, needless to say, pooped out before getting all the way through them. I don't know when (or IF) we'll ever learn that it just doesn't pay not to go on supply runs oftener with less to do rather than once in a blue moon with a list of necessary stops that it's impossible to complete in one day.
Today we had to call a time-out on our move-ahead projects and declare a maintenance day. Even though we really do try to keep up with maintenance type things on a regular basis, unless something is on fire or totally non-functioning and needed, it gets pushed to the background.
I hauled out the last of my dry onions from last year's harvest to sort and make sure none were going moldy and mushy on me. Other than one or two that have started to sprout, they're in good shape. These remaining onions weigh in at a total of 9 pounds 12 ounces. If I had to pay the current price I saw in our whole foods co-op this morning, they would cost a little over $19. Not a fortune but certainly $19 I'll have to spend somewhere else in the next couple of months.
"Convenience" foods in our house are usually ones I've made up and stored in the freezer. When I'm caught short at meal time, I know I can always fall back on a quart of soup from the freezer. Except when there isn't any soup in the freezer. I've been down to two lonely quarts of chili for some time now so I felt today was the day to restock the supply.
I made a huge batch of Chicken with Wild Rice soup (husband's all-time favorite -- he'd seriously eat it every day), and a not-quite-so-big batch of Lentil with Sausage soup. Now I won't feel so shakey when I look at that empty spot in the freezer where the soups are usually stacked.
There were a couple of smallish stacks of paperwork on my desk so I made myself sit there long enough to work through them. I'm getting a little wiser about this chore and have stopped shuffling the papers two or three (or ten) times before dealing with them. Is that maintenance? Sure. I'm maintaining a clean and clear desk!
Hubby and I spent some quality time together before lunch taking a truck full of recycling materials to the recycling center. He still knows how to show me a good time.
What has my dear husband been up to on this maintenance day? Well, he reported at dinner time that his list was a little too ambitious. He wanted to get the wood splitter serviced and stored away, get out the lawn mower and ready it for action, repair a part of the '85 Toyota exhaust system, fix a back window on the '93 Suburban that no longer works with the touch of a button, try one more time to repair the tiny leak we seem to have up near the top of the filler hose of the gas tank of same '93 Suburban, and order some needed chain saw parts. I was kind and didn't pin him down as to what he actually managed to get done.
So you can see it's been another fun-filled day on the homestead. Tomorrow, since we have all our maintenance chores completely up-to-date (Yup. Uh-huh. Right!), we'll be back out in the garden. With luck, I'll have a report on that progress to post then.
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