15 November 2006

A juggling act

Emily's post the other day got me thinking about juggling. (Speaking of juggling, I got a really cute juggling set from Stacy and Jessica over at Nurturing Threads. Go buy something there!)This afternoon as I cut out washcloths and wipes for the ladies I know who are having babies soon, I thought about it some more. As I spent an hour cutting out squares of fabric, there were so many more things I could have been doing. The carpets need vacuuming. The floor needs to be swept. I have a sewing table piled high with fabric waiting to be sewn, some of it all cut and ready for the machine (my living room windows have been naked for too long, and quit yelling at me to cover them long ago, though the panels are cut, just not seamed. Someone came to visit or something and I never finished the project). I have an ever-growing stash of yarn and an even longer list of things I'd like to knit. I haven't cleaned up the last of the dead plants in my garden yet (but I did do some, give me a little credit--the frost hadn't killed the last of them at the time) I am so behind in filing paperwork around here it's not even funny. I got the 13th book in the Series of Unfortunate Events from the library the other day and I have only read 2 chapters. I can get through one of those books in an afternoon with nothing else to do! I continue to bake all my family's bread, mix powdered milk, cook mostly from scratch, and sew my own cloth diapers despite the laundry list of things I have to do. And let's not even talk about laundry! It never ends, because as soon as you have it all folded and put away, the day ends and everyone has dirty clothes again.

Sometimes I wonder why I do all the things I do, and why I make the choices I make, because I seem to be the only person around here with more things to do than time. My kids so some basic chores but I am still too uptight to let them do certain things, and I'm certainly not going to wait around while they are at school before the dishes get done, I'll do them myself.

I make all these choices because I feel like they are the best ones for my family, for myself, and for the environment. I just need to learn how to juggle more balls.

6 comments:

Heidi said...

I need to figure out how to juggle better too. I mean... I have PLENTY on my plate, but I keep adding things. Like the kitchen remodel for instance. Good grief, what a production THAT has turned into!

I'm so glad that Reagan is too small right now for cloth diapers. I have some premie pre-folds, but never made covers for them. I'll start cloth again when she "fits" in the ones I have...

And there I go, adding more to the juggling act... :P

mominators said...

I hear ya about being too uptight to give all the chores away. Makes for a busy life or a messy house and unfortunately mine is usually the latter. How do you keep up with the powdered milk? Do you make it every night? Or make a ton at a time? My kids go through milk so quickly I'm not used to keeping up with it yet I guess.

Lena said...

Okay, I dont' knwo why it showed up as mominators- that's my google account I guess. It was me.

Lena

frugalmom said...

I mix 2 gallons of milk at a time, usually I mix every 6 days or so.

QueenMeadow said...

I keep thinking the same thing. But I know that I'm doing whats right for us and this time.

Lisa said...

Life it always a juggling act! I think you do a great job! And you do the things you feel are best for your family. Baking bread and mixing milk are important and therefore, more important than running to the store to buy them. Having a garden and canning is more important, so you spend the time to do them. The same with having a large family. Many people stop with 2. No one has the "perfect" life and you have to be happy with your choices, and I know you are! That makes you a successful Mom! Keep juggling! And if a ball drops, pick it up and start again! I think you are awesome!