Saturday, January 22, 2011
Nice to know my arrival is so eagerly awaited!
My morning schedule doesn't vary much...for those of you considering getting livestock, think about this!
5:30 a.m.: Get up, toss on jeans and tee shirt, load feed buckets (if I forgot to do it the night before)
5:45 a.m.: Let dogs out, put dog food in their pans, go out door and feed goats and chickens
6:00 a.m.: Check chicken coop for eggs after I give goats the hay to go with their grain
6:30: Fix breakfast for the fella, cup of tea for myself.
7:00 a.m.: Fella leaves for work, I wake up kids for school. Fix kids breakfast. Try to eat some breakfast myself.
The kids don't get on the bus until 7:55 a.m., so the time from 7:00 a.m. until then is spent making sure they eat their breakfast, have all their books, "YES, you must wear a jacket--it is 34 degrees this morning!", etc.
8:00 a.m. General pick up around house, wash breakfast dishes, wipe table, start laundry, etc.
9:00a.m.: Milk Gabby the goat, put Gabby and other goats out in pasture (that's what we call our huge outer yard), clean goat pens, make sure both pens have fresh water. Shoo chickens out of chicken coop into yard, clean coop and put in fresh water.During this time, I also strain the goats milk and get it in the fridge.
10:00a.m.: Back in house and working on other projects I may have going on...sewing, quilting, etc. I also start bread dough. I peek in the freezer and try to pre-plan dinner as well. May start a pot roast or thaw out some chicken.Hang up laundry, start more laundry (laundry never ends with two teenagers and the fella!)
This all takes me to:
12 Noon: Check on goats. Check coop for eggs again. Fix my second cup of tea and have some lunch (usually some leftovers from dinner the night before, or just bread, cheese and fruit)
1:00p.m.: Punch down bread dough. Vacuum carpets, sweep and mop kitchen floor. Get back to sewing/quilting while I watch a documentary or news.This is my *relaxing* time. Hang up more laundry.Do my computer work...answering emails, checking various accounts, etc.
3:00p.m.: Form bread into loaves.(I usually let my bread rise 3 times). Take shower.(Best time for this! No kids around, the dogs are finally worn out and taking a nap and my hair will dry before the fella gets home!)
Put away sewing/quilting. Bring in dry laundry and fold and put away.
4:00p.m.: Start dinner. Put evening feed in goat pens and let goats back in pens. Feed chickens and check coop again for eggs. The kids get off the bus at 4:30p.m., so they are sometimes there to help out! Turn compost heap on even days, water it a bit on odd days.Water fruit trees in yard (yes, even in winter, in this dry, parched land)
5:00p.m.: Put bread in oven, help kids with homework (if they have any! Seriously, the homework these kids have isn't even half what I had in the same grades!) Work on dinner.
6:00p.m.: The fella gets home between 6 and 7 (usually) and after he is home, there is dinner, a discussion about the children, goats and chickens and their well-being, etc.
After that, there is the usual after dinner clean up, maybe a little t.v. (we watch a lot of Animal Planet and History channel!), maybe a movie for the whole family to watch (Despicable Me being our most recent)...very funny!)
Depending on what's going on, I usually make it to bed around 10pm, but there have been plenty of Midnights that found me still up!
So, there's an average day (weekday) in my life. Weekends are a different story altogether!