Our lives, our daily routine, are about to change drastically when Yeoldfurt starts his new job in a week or two. Ever since they offered him the job, I've been going over different strategies in my mind about how best to rearrange our responsibilities at home. Having him here all day for the past sixteen months has made me a bit ...well, lazy, I think. He sees me off to work at 6:00 in the morning and then takes care of the horses, lets the chickens out after sun up, collects the eggs, makes the coffee for the next day, makes the bed, and takes care of whatever odd chores or errands that came up. He does all this while I am at work. Sometimes I even come home to supper on the stove and laundry already done. You don't notice how spoiled rotten lazy you've gotten until suddenly he might not be able to do all that anymore. OMG!
Not that he isn't spoiled too. I wait on him and cater to him when I'm home and do my best to shoulder my share of the workload on the weekends. But things are definitely going to have to get rearranged after he starts this new job.
I'm a planner. I've been that way for as long as I can remember. To me, short range plans are three to six months out ...long range plans are in increments of ten years. They used to be in increments of twenty years, but I'm older now ...time flies and I seem to have to readjust more often! But ever since Yeoldfurt told me he would be going to work in a week or two, I've been thinking ...and thinking ...and thinking. He says I think things to death. Maybe I do. And I'm from Venus so I'm likely to change directions with my thinking half a dozen times in the whole process. It used to frustrate him no end, but I think he's finally learned to just accept it.
I am trying to figure out the most efficient way to use the two or three hours before he gets home every afternoon. Ideally, I would like to have ALL the chores done before he gets home so all he has to do is relax. We go to bed pretty early by most people's standards ...simply because we get up WAY early by most people's standards. That part won't change so we may end up with only two hours or so of quiet time together in the evenings. I would like to arrange things so that little bit of time isn't riddled with chores.
I would like to find a way to take care of all the housework and major yard chores during the week so that our weekends are completely free. That's definitely my goal. Reality, however, may be a different story.