This is the first time I’ve had a chance to sit and write in a while. Life has completely taken over.
It seems like I spend every day rushing from one task to the other with very little time between.
We have almost completely moved away from processed, packaged and convenience foods with only a few small exceptions.
While cooking everything from scratch and baking fresh bread is very satisfying on so many levels, it’s also very time consuming. Many things must be started early in the day so that they are ready in time for dinner. I’m really starting to understand why most women didn’t work back when everyone cooked this way. When did they have time and put more than a sandwich on the table?
In spite of some of the sacrifices I’ve made, I have to say, I’m enjoying it so much more than when I thought I would. I’m even making food for our fur-baby who wasn’t handling store-bought dog food well at all anymore.
My body feels the difference, too. I feel better over-all, but by 9 pm, I’m yawning and can barely keep my eyes open. I’m usually up again by 3 am. That does make my morning flow a little easier, but adds to the early night.
By the time I get the hubby to work and have another cup of coffee, it’s time to start on the house. If I’m lucky, I may end up with an hour or two in the afternoon which I take full advantage of by talking to my sister and having a quick, hot soak before time to go back and get the hubby.
Then, of course, there’s the dinner crunch. Everything takes twice as long to do because I have a toaster oven, single burner and crock pot instead of 4 burners and a full-size oven. Once I’m finally done with that, the kitchen has to be cleaned, lunch plates made and left overs put away.
I’m luck again if I get an hour or so to sit down with a cup of coffee and my cross stitching before I start seeing double.
Writing, while sometimes therapeutic, isn’t always “relaxing”. Cross-stitching does relax me, which is why it’s often my pre-bed activity.
I’m beginning to understand why farmers start before the sun comes up. It’s not going to be an easy lifestyle at all.
I’m still all for living green and being as self-sustaining as possible. A garden of some sort is a must-have addition to my life. Period. I’m beginning to question raising animals though. I just don’t know when I’ll have time.
This is why I wanted to work us into the life slowly. It gives us a chance to pair down those “I wanna do it all” super-size dreams to something manageable. I’m not counting it out yet, but it’s no longer a sure thing anymore either.
For those of you doing it all and blogging, I admire you and wish you’d share your time-management secrets!