Slowing Down

Slowly but surely, my “to-do” list is shrinking.  Yesterday I was able to strike a few more things off of it.  And this time of year, once done tasks often don’t return for a long time.

I’ve been needing to replace a tire on our utility vehicle for a long time. That’s done now.  I finally got around to finishing some important paperwork.  I reduced the number of excess roosters we’ve been feeding.

I’m a long way from running out of things to do, but I am starting to enjoy the slower pace.

It’s dark here by 5:30 now.

It’s the time of year for evenings with big books.  And seed catalogs.



18 comments on “Slowing Down

  1. Big books and seed catalogs … not a bad way to live … 🙂

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  2. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    “I reduced the number of excess roosters we’ve been feeding”… LOL, if I hadn’t already known what you meant, I might’ve missed this altogether… Bon appétit! And, about the length of day? Can’t wait until the 21st! (To me, it’s the Ultimate “Hump Day”; )

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    • Bill says:

      True that. We look forward to turning it around on the 21st too. Then the lengthening days are proof that summer will return. Makes me feel like imitating my pagan ancestors and decorating an evergreen tree in honor of the event. 🙂


      • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

        LOL, on bringing in the greenery at the Solstice! I’ve started more than one new shrub that way; ) there’s just something about branches of Holly, Rose Hips, Red Alder and Evergreens


  3. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, my todo list has changed as well. I can’t say that the pace has slowed down though. When others are involved some times the schedule gets pretty hectic. I’ve been watching a little long haired Chihuahua dog for the last two and a half weeks. It’s amazing how one spoiled little dog can rule the house. On the warmer days above freezing, I’m finishing up installing hand rails on the steps I resurfaced. Then of course there’s the stuff that I haul away for folks to the thrift store or to the dump. A man with a pickup truck and a chainsaw is in big demand. I can’t say that the schedule is always filled with work. There are many times when it’s just lunch with friends that end up on the schedule. During the Winter the activities change but the level does not. It’s a great life if I just don’t weaken. 🙂

    Have a great Winter slowing down day.


    • Bill says:

      I stay plenty busy during the day, but most of my work requires sunlight, so like it or not I’m not working as hard. I suppose I could find some more work to do inside, but I kinda like a break from the long sweaty days.


  4. shoreacres says:

    Not only are the days growing shorter, the working hours here are shorter still. We’re in that time of the year that brings fog in the morning, and sometimes sea fog at night. Having to wait until things dry out to begin working can be a bit of a frustration. No mind — there’s plenty else to do at home, like flipping up the sofa cushions and digging around under the bed to see where a new blog post might be hiding. Apparently my mind still is on vacation!


  5. I hear you! The book looks interesting by the way…funnily enough I’m reading a book (a much lighter, fluffier book) with a similar premise: Miss Buncle’s Book, by DE Stevenson. It was originally published in 1936, unlike yours, however, and since she eventually wrote a couple more in the series, I’d say probably a happier ending than yours :). Seed catalogue time already? I guess it is…


    • Bill says:

      You Can’t Go Home Again was originally published in 1942 but Wolfe wrote in the 1930s. He died in 1938 and it was published posthumously, so it is actually from the same time period as your book. 🙂

      The Johnny’s catalog has been here a few days. Harris arrived yesterday. I once read something referring to the Baker catalog (which hasn’t arrived yet) as “farmer porn.” The blogger said he felt like hiding it under the sofa cushion whenever his wife walked in the room. 🙂

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  6. “I reduced the number of excess roosters we’ve been feeding.” Sounds like chicken and dumplings to me. 🙂 –Curt


  7. Joanna says:

    Time to slow down, I wish. I did enjoy that aspect of being more concerned about the garden than with the world of academia. I am more like nebraskadave, my days are different now slower. I am going to make sure to take some time off though. Hubby’s time though is definitely slower, he is back home before 4pm these days. The alpacas are really hard to put away in dim light and so the putting away routine begins about 3:15pm. The joys of living in the Northern hemisphere. Mind you come summer time we can work till 10pm in the light


    • Bill says:

      The day length determines a lot of what we can do outside. Here it stays light until about 9 in the summer and I use every bit of the daylight. Since I usually go to bed at 10, that doesn’t leave much time for anything else. So it is nice to have 3 hours to spend with a book, as I did last night.

      This is the first winter in a long time that I haven’t been in school. I’m working on some writing projects now but have no real deadlines. It’s a good feeling.

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  8. pattisj says:

    A well-deserved rest.


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