Inside Work


We’ve been snowed in the last few days.  There isn’t much that absolutely has to be done outside these days, and when we’re buried in snow the list of necessary outside jobs becomes very short.  By the way, I know those of you who somehow manage to survive in the far north (which appears to me uninhabitable) will find it amusing that we’re seemingly paralyzed by a foot of snow.  I tip my hat in your direction, in honor of your resilience. Meanwhile, we stay inside.

So these are the days for catching up on inside work.  And there’s plenty of it to do.

Yesterday we tackled one of our ugliest annual chores, which, however unpleasant, is, I’m told, one of life’s two certainties.  Although I’ve found that farming is a surefire way to avoid having to pay income tax, that fact comes at the cost of having to wade through a large pile of forms and paperwork every year, in order to account properly to our masters for our failure to multiply our talents.  It feels good to have gotten that done.

These days it’s easy to make the time for paperwork and farm planning. Most of the year there are so many things happening outside, which seem to require attention urgently, that the “inside work” gets ignored until it piles up into an intimidating mess and missed deadlines.

To avoid that, we now have a regularly scheduled weekly meeting to catch up on all planning and paperwork.  Both of us just keep a list of paperwork that needs doing or decisions that need to be made and we sort through it all over a cup of coffee on Sunday mornings.  Doing it that way has really helped us stay organized and has been a great way to keep paperwork backlogs from occurring.

Days like yesterday remind me of how glad I am to no longer be chained to a desk.