Wednesday, December 2, 2015

GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS


Good News:  Papa Pea and I got all industrious and thoroughly washed, inside and out, every single window in the whole house this fall.

Bad News:  As of this moment, they look as if they've not been washed in ten years.

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Good News:  We were forecast to get out first real snow (hooray!) of the season yesterday.  We had a beautiful snowfall which was gorgeous to watch.

Bad News:  The temperature was 36 degrees all day.  There's nothing left but a slushy, muddy mess today.

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Good News:  We've been researching and designing a new chicken house we'll build in the spring.

Bad News:  Methinks the time spent planning the new chicken house will far exceed the time spent actually building it.

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Good News:  I've already baked three big loaves of our delicious traditional holiday fruitcake.

Bad News:  There are presently only three slices of the whole batch left.

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Good News:  This past weekend, I made a daily schedule for myself which would enable me to more efficiently get my household chores done of a day while at the same time affording me more time each day to pursue my hobbies and other interests.

Bad News:  It's Wednesday afternoon, and I haven't managed to implement the new schedule yet.
 

35 comments:

  1. At least there is as much good as bad all balanced out :-)

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    1. Dawn - There really is NO "bad" . . . certainly not with what so many people are dealing with! I know that, but ya just have to smile when there are those little glitches that bite you in the buttinski when you turn your back! ;o]

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  2. Daily schedule......yea. Until LIFE interrupts!
    Nah, I'm only teasing. I think it's wise to schedule in the fun with the the chores--it's the only way we make time for ourselves. Around here,--mornings are for "chores-either housework in the winter or garden work in the summer, afternoons are for fun and siesta, and evenings are for reading/computer time/movie time. And most mornings include fun--such as a LONG walk
    or ski or whatever the weather allows. Ya gotta learn to ignore that whole "work" thing. I'm giving lessons....teehee!!

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    1. Sue - My main "problem" is that the man I live with actually wants to work all day and it's hard to get him to take any time "off." This, of course, makes me feel guilty when I'm sitting knitting or in my quilt room. Any suggestions as to what I can do with him?

      And, my dear Sue, I'll take any lessons you have to give. You've got your life pretty well under control. (Or is it all a big pretense??) ;o}

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    2. Ah-there's the problem. See, my hubby is a man of leisure!! He'll keep busy all morning just fine, but after lunch, well, there goes the will to do much of anything. And yep--that old German habit of siesta after meals helps too.
      Have a good weekend. And for cripes sake, stop feeling guilty for enjoying your life. You deserve every moment of pleasure in your quilt room. You make fine meals, do TONS of work around the place. Enjoy!!

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    3. Sue - So it was the German's who instituted the siesta after lunch! All this time I thought it was the Mexicans! ;o}

      Years ago we knew a couple and he was English. He always took a short nap after lunch each day and he looked 20 years younger than his chronological age. Do you think that would help me??

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    4. My dad said that my German grandpa laid down in the screened in porch every day after lunch for a short nap. Five minutes, and he was up and working circles around his two young sons (my dad, the youngest, was born when he was 40). My dad said it was so exasperating, because five minutes did NOTHING to rest him!

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    5. When we spent time in Germany, most of the people in our area had a break of at least an hour --shops closed,etc. It's probably different now ( I hope not!), but it was so nice to have that quiet time and it sure helped! Hubby and I do that to this day. Took forever to "train" the neighbors, but our door is NOT answered between 1 and 3.
      Best thing we ever instituted around here.
      :)

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    6. Michelle and Sue - Groan, a 5-minute nap would make me feel AWFUL! I'd have to go for your 2-hour rest time, Sue.

      The closest I've ever heard to the afternoon rest time in Germany is a couple we knew back in Illinois. They were of German descent and he wouldn't work in the fields nor she in the garden between 1 and 2 p.m. each day because that was "when the plants took their rest period" and shouldn't be disturbed.

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  3. The good news is that I love fruitcake and I bet yours is delicious. The bad news is that I'm extremely envious of your snowfall. Ha!

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    1. Laurie - I'll think I'll tell a little story about my fruitcake in a day or so. Our snowfall was lovely . . . while it lasted!

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  4. How 'bout that fruitcake recipe?!? Pretty please???

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  5. Love this, especially the good news , bad news about the fruitcake.

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  6. Love this, especially the good news , bad news about the fruitcake.

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    1. Linda - Bad news about the disappearing fruitcake in one way . . . but at least I know it was tasty which must count as good news!

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    1. Betsy H. - Bless your heart! And thank you.

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  8. Amen! I live my life bouncing between the Good News / Bad News rails, too, Although what actually constitutes good or bad seems to fluctuate pretty regularly too, so I'm usually not certain what state I'm really in.

    I, however, do not have the intestinal fortitude to even attempt a daily chore schedule. Hats off for that! (Saaaalute! as it went on the old Hee Haw shows.) I've got a routine I kinda like, I've got meetings and such that happen at set times, and I've got a fire hose full of life I'm trying to delicately sip from. I'm guessing that's as good as its going to get for me!

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    1. Mark - With all going on in your life, you HAVE to have a good schedule which enables you to stay on top of it all. (More or less, huh?) Love your "fire hose full of life I'm trying to delicately sip from." So true. If we can keep from getting too much water up our noses, we're staying ahead of the game!

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  9. Is it bad that this made me laugh? I'm not laughing at you but with you because that's how it always goes for me when I make a list or schedule. I'm lucky most days to get the bare minimum done.

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    1. Sparkless - Not bad at all but rather what I was hoping for. That's all we can do (smile or laugh) at most of all we encounter in this crazy life over which we seem to have not much control!

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  10. Mama Pea, the last one made me laugh. I too struggle with implementing a good work schedule. Yesterday yarn got me in trouble (ha ha!). It's very wet here too, and we got snow last night. It melted and it's a mess.

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    1. Kristina - That darn yarn! (What would we do without it??)

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  11. Thanks for my laugh of the day! Especially about eating the Christmas fruit cake. I just cannot have it in the house or let Max know it is in the house.

    Then the comment about researching the chicken house and the organizing your schedule.......good luck with all that. That is what these cold winter days are for!

    I am a dedicated list maker. It is fun to go back and see how few get checked of as done.........

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    1. gld - Luckily, whenever my husband goes into one of our freezers looking for something he has to call for help because he can't make heads nor tails out of all that's stuffed in there. So, shhhh, yes I do hide things (mostly cookies) from him in there.

      You say it's FUN to go back and see how few items get checked off your lists?? Dear, we need to talk . . . ;o]

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  12. I understand about the windows. Upstairs, Betsy has to watch the critters out the window......so she always has nose prints on the windows. Downstairs, the deer have to page me to get my attention so they are always rubbing their noses on the outsides of those. I can't keep them clean even one day. I don't even try anymore.......... :)

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    1. FoxyLady - I just had to laugh at the picture you painted of your animals making smeary nose marks on both sides of your windows! Small sacrifice (dirty windows) for living so close to nature.

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  13. Oh Mama Pea, what a great post. :) So funny but so true! Thanks for reminding us that life can be both fun and funny.

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    1. Leigh - Trying to turn each "challenging" situation into something positive or funny really makes life more enjoyable. Sometimes we have to stop our hustle and bustle and remember that, but it's worth it!

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