From Pipi’s Pasture: Packed schedule keeps Craig columnist hurrying around
When I was driving to Craig today, trying to keep to a timed schedule, I was thinking about how I hurry through the days, always with feelings of urgency about the things I have to get done. For example, I hurry to finish my morning corral chores so I can hurry to feed the cows in the feedlot so I can hurry to fill the water tanks so I can go to the house and hurry through the necessary morning chores, make phone calls and copies of materials for the day’s teaching schedule and get ready to go to work.
So, this morning on the way to Craig — in a rush to run two errands so I could get back home to visit with our grandchildren — I wondered what I could do to slow down my hectic lifestyle, and I came up with some reasons why I hurry around.
I’m in a hurry because …
• I have to finish a variety of morning chores so I can drive into Craig to meet with teaching appointments, usually beginning at 11 a.m.
• While I’m at work and it’s getting to be late afternoon, I worry that the cows are low on water, and I have to get home.
• I have to get supper ready by 5:30 p.m.
• It looks as if it is going to snow; it might be a blizzard, and I need to get home.
• I need to get down to the corral to check a first-calf heifer to see if she’s having trouble calving.
• The garden is dry, and I need to get it watered before dark.
• I have to finish typing my column and drive it into Craig.
• It’s 12:45 a.m., and I have to drive to the next appointment by 1 p.m.
• I need to get right home after my day’s appointments, so I do my grocery shopping in the half hour before they begin.
• I need to wash and dry clothes before I go to work.
• It takes awhile to prepare vegetables for the beef vegetable soup so it can simmer for two hours.
• If I don’t get the heavy rugs washed and hung outside, they won’t dry by evening.
• There’s a pile of paperwork to finish with deadlines.
• If I don’t finish my paperwork, I’ll miss out on an hour of television (my relaxation for the day).
• Our grandchildren are out at Pipi’s Pasture to feed cows, and I need to fix breakfast so they can be back in Craig for an appointment by 11 a.m.
• A friend is coming for coffee, so I have to quickly wash dishes, pick up all of the paperwork scattered around the table, straighten up the rooms, sweep the hay off the floor in the front entrance and make a fresh pot of coffee.
• If I don’t speed things up, I won’t get any free time.
Why do you hurry around?