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EATING THAT PROVERBIAL ELEPHANT, ONE BITE AT A TIME


It is once again Friday. It seems as though time is passing more quickly and I don’t know where it has gone. As I sit contemplating our first weekend without the market, I have a running list in my head of things I would like to accomplish. As I get older, my time management skills seem to deteriorate and become more unrealistic. I know not everything I want to get done this weekend will be completed and that is frustrating. However, as my bib overall wearing buddy tells me, “there is only one way to eat an elephant, one bite at a time.”

There are tasks I need to complete before the Christmas market next weekend. Of course, having product completed and ready to go is the top priority. We have a plan and a capable helper. I feel confident this will not be an issue. We also have to decide on a layout for our site and display of our products. This too has a drawn blueprint and a plan. We will do a mock set up later in the week to work out all the bugs. The most concerning factor is transporting product and deciding how much product to take with us. There is never a defined answer for this. It seems to be a random act as to how much of one particular soap and lotion will sell. We have tried tracking inventory from week to week but we can’t make head nor tails of it. It just seems to go on the whim of the attending crowd that week. There will never be a set formula for this.

I also have taken into account that it is going to be 75 degrees this weekend. There are so many outside projects to be done. I know I can’t possibly accomplish them all. The grass needs one last mow, the weeds need one last wack, the flowers need one last cut, and the garden needs put to bed for the season. Add to that the windows need washed, the gutters need cleaned, the house needs pressure washed, and the porch needs decorated for fall. That is easily a weeks’ worth of work I want to fit into one weekend. I need a small army of highly ambitious individuals, that is exactly what I need.

Add to that list the indoor chores that need done, just the regular cleaning, laundry, organizing and cooking, plus canning carrots, drying herbs, and the cleaning and storing of dried bean. I grew and dried my own beans this year, I am quite happy with my accomplishment. Actually, I just quit picking beans and they dried on the vine…I googled it…it’s not that great of an accomplishment. However, I have a ton of dried beans to store for the winter. Again, I need to enlist a small army with nimble fingers.

Like everyone, I feel the pressure of not having enough time or enough energy to accomplish all I need to accomplish. If I weren’t such a control freak, I would delegate some of this to others. However, that is my own battle I must fight…minus a small army. It will get done, perhaps not this weekend but it will get done. I am looking forward to the weekend, to accomplishing some of my long to do list, and to having some quiet time to do what I need to do. There is great satisfaction in that.

As always dear reader, stay safe, stay smart, enjoy eating that elephant one bite at a time, and of course keep washing your hands.

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