By the end of the day, the riding mower wasn't working, the tiller quit because it overheated, and I had a headache. I woke up with it still this morning, but refuse to let it ruin this day. Sometimes, when we have days like this, I feel like I am running in circles, not getting much done. I decided to actually keep track of all that I did yesterday, to see just how much I got done in one day. I was surprised, to say the least.
6-8am: Drink coffee, wake up, play online
8-9am: Feed all animals, put the goats out on tethers
- Sprayed for hornets in shed
- Treated fire ant hills
- Brought in 2 loads of laundry on clothesline from yesterday and got another load out for the day.
- Stopped what I was doing to run out and get gas for the riding mower
- Untangled our buck (several times over the course of the day)
- Cut up pork roast and put in crockpot for dinner
- Tried to help Tom get the mower going after it quit on him (by the end of the day I gave up on this after multiple attempts, and it spent the night where it quit. Hoping it starts today).
- Worked on weeding potted plants and found fire ants in all of them
- Planted a maple tree sapling in the center of round bed
- Started a tray of buttercrunch lettuce seeds for germination
- Took a much needed knitting break until 4pm
- Brought goats in for the night
- Fed dog and cats
- Finished fixing dinner, and ate
- Brought load of laundry in off the clothesline, folded and put away
So all in all, it was a good day, minus the mechanical issues. We got a lot done, with a lot more to be done today. Sometimes it takes a reality check to realize that I am getting things done, even if it's not what I wanted to be doing.
Homesteading and setting up a homestead can be frustrating, but if you take it one day at a time, you will get there. Be flexible.