It's that season - the faster I go, the behinder I get. Thanks to Tai Chi and focusing on my breathing, I am starting to focus. This is very helpful when one has two days with which to tackle a six page list. It's been back to more typical spring-like weather - frigid nights and sunny but colder days. Last weekend I lost all of Saturday to Tai Chi class, drop-offs and pick-ups, errands, parent-visiting/chores, and entertaining a neighbor. I did manage to get a load of laundry washed and hung up on the line -- the weather perked up Saturday afternoon. I roasted one of last year's French Reds - making room for this year's batch; and I tried something new - Beer Soaked Crispy Baked Fries. They were great and easy. Veggie Ventures is one of my favorite sources for good recipes.
On Sunday, my official non-driving day, I started early and tackled the inside of the barn. Which, of course, was not on my list. But I cheated and wrote it down when I was finished. Then crossed it out. Hey - don't tell me you've never done that (or at least have been tempted to. I am weak.) I was so tired of the total disarray in there - it was impossible to tell how much hay I had left, thanks to the willy-nilly stacking of Doug's teen-aged helpers. Plus, they had kicked and shoved my straw bales to one side, totally breaking the bales and causing all kinds of mess. So I hauled everything out, moved pallets, enlarged the goats' area, raked and swept the loose hay to one side and the straw to another, then re-stacked the hay. Oh, did that feel better! And good golly! I am due to get more hay -- soon!
Then, off to the small chicken coop to clean that out and get it brooder-ized. I have 15 Red Ranger chicks arriving soon. And, even though I said I would not start seeds, I lied. I made two dozen paper starting pots and sowed my basil, parsley and Ancho pepper seeds. Then I moved my dehydrator out of the laundry room and set up a hanging light over the top of my dryer. Voila! Light, warmth, cat-proof! I got a few things checked off the list, although I wasn't able to get all my laundry dried on the line, as it started raining before things were totally dried. But that is why I have my Homesteader Drying Rack, right?
Still left is getting the raised bed ready for peas, removing the straw mulch from strawberries and garlic (check!), seeding some new spots with forage blend, CDT vacs for the sheep/llama, and countless other jobs. But, I am not stressing this year. Remember: focus. And a case of Two-Buck Chuck mixed reds.