We've returned from my grandfather's funeral...it's been rough. I was really close to my grandfather and I will really miss him.
Since I've been home (a couple of days), I've been harvesting as much as I can before it freezes. Yesterday, I made another batch of salsa and today, I picked some blackberries (which are really at the end, they are shriveling before they fully ripen in many cases).
I'm not a high energy person and can border on lazy (I really hate to admit that because I really have a passionate, gung ho side to myself as well)...but I work really hard at keeping myself busy and try to multi-task (not a word I'm fond of, it's too corporate) to be efficient. Oh yes, and I must not fail to mention that I am a mommy and that requires a lot of running about!
So, this afternoon, I made a big batch of brown rice because Jeff is going to use it for fried rice for dinner and I made Blackberry Slump in the Crock Pot again (by the way, I replaced a lot of the butter with olive oil and used whole wheat flour for half of the flour in the recipe) and timed them out perfectly so that I wasn't in the kitchen fussing over one thing.
Later, I did a dishwasher "change-out" and heated water for tea while unloading the dishwasher (while chatting with my sister on the phone) and loaded up the dishwasher while my tea brewed.(Jeff was a doll and bought this huge tea cup for me while I was in Southern California in April...it's orange, my favorite color.)
I have realized that this timing of tea/dishwasher change-out works perfectly.
I also find myself reading blog posts while my pictures upload on my Etsy listings. And, if I decide to sit on the couch for a bit, I try to do something useful, like needlefelt, sew, or brainstorm ideas.
It's these little things that help me feel like I'm not wasting my life away. There are so many things that I want to do in life and that I want to learn...many of which cost too much money (I'd be a lifetime college student if given the chance). So, I do what I can with the resources I have and try to keep myself busy.
What do you do that is efficient? I want to learn more tricks!