Sunday, February 26, 2012

A Light Dawns

     I have another post I'm working on, trying to explain all the good that has happened lately, and why, but it is a complicated post. I've been thinking on it for two weeks. I'll get there, when it gels a bit more. In the meantime, today is the end of my week's break, and I'm sad about that, but happy that I've had such a relaxing, do-nothing, and therefore awesome, week off.
     Today, though, I think I FINALLY discovered why my house is not pristinely clean and sterile, the way I'd like it to be, and why I never am caught up on school work.  I started out the day studiously attempting to do lesson plans, and work on my interim assessment that was due several weeks ago. And I DID actually get some work done. But along with a SMALL amount of work, these are the other things that we did around here today:
  • let the dogs in and out... about a million times
  • made strawberry jam out of the left over strawberries that I didn't want to go to waste
  • made home made 7 grain bread
  • made home made vegetable soup
  • fed the rabbit
  • fed the chickens
  • let the dogs in and out, at least another hundred times
  • changed the sheets
  • washed,dried, and folded 7  or 8 loads of laundry
  • made vegetable beef soup
  • wrote checks and addressed envelopes
  • had a great on-line chat about the Iditarod and mushers and life in Alaska
  • built a fire in the fireplace
  • made two blackberry pies
  • boiled the juice from the thawing berries down to make syrup
  • talked to my daughter at college twice
  • texted a few times
  • finished sewing the last door curtain for my classroom
  • found the material and rubber stamps in the basement I needed for some sewing and crafts when I have time in the next week or two
AND, the list goes on and on. It's not that I did all this stuff by myself. I didn't. I had help. But it IS the reason that, between all of us here, the house is not spotless. We have hobbies, and do a lot of living here. We usually eat good food, not food out of boxes. We freeze, and can and cook, and sew and play and clean when we can, and try to be good people. I guess that simply means that the vacuuming, and picking up, and paper grading, and kitchen floor washing will get done, but only when they rise to the top of the priority list, not on a regular schedule. It's ok. At least I finally understand why it doesn't just happen.  You'd think that realization might have come to me a few years back, say, oh, about 25 years ago when I began "keeping house" here. But, better late than never. I can go to sleep on clean sheets tonight, finally at peace with understanding WHY a clean house just doesn't happen here often enough. But, the strawberry jam on my toast in the morning will taste pretty darn good, I think. :)


Jennifer Montero said...

I'm glad you qualified that post by saying you had help doing all those things. That's 3 days work for me, just in the cooking dept! So glad to hear good things have come your way, and looking forward to reading about them. Whenever you can find time to post again, that is!

Now I'm craving pie...

From the Country Farm said...

Nice! very well said, not try explaining that to Ron.... ;-)

From the Country Farm said...

oops now not not... lol