Is it just me, or are the weeks flying by at warp speed? Here at the farm we’re hosting Rick’s extended family annual picnic today. This is our second year hosting the annual gathering, and we just love being able to share the peace and quiet up here with everyone. One of the other things I love about hosting this event is that it gives us the motivation we need to get this place spic n’ span clean. 🙂
Lest you think we’re going over budget, our total spend for the family picnic is $45.22, and this includes the ground beef we took out of the freezer to make homemade sloppy joes. This side of the family isn’t huge, and they’re super awesome about everyone pitching in and bringing stuff for this event. One of his cousins sent out an email asking everyone to bring their beverage of choice, and Rick’s mom brings all of the paper products for the event. It does make the picnic extra fun, knowing that nobody has to spend a ton of money on the event.
Along with major league cleaning, we spent a good chunk of time this week in our next-door neighbor’s yard. He has about a half an acre or so of nice grass that he hasn’t been able to mow because his riding mower was out of commission. Well, the new mower was finally delivered, but the grass was about 2 feet tall, at least, so, it wasn’t equipped to handle that kind of a load well. As is customary here, another neighbor offered to bring his tractor over and mow it down. When I drove up and saw all of that fresh cut grass sitting there, I saw dollar signs all over the place!! It hasn’t rained here in nearly a month, save for some light sprinkles, so the pastures are growing S.L.O.W.L.Y. Together with our neighbors, the kids and I raked all of the cut grass into his trailer, hauled it over to our place and spread it out into our pasture. A tremendous help to them, and a nice chunk of food for our horses. Their plan was to just heap it into their compost pile, which is already plentiful enough, so they were thrilled to be able to give it to the horses, and thrilled to have the help of strong, healthy kids. The neighbors are a retired couple, and between them and I, we found out real quick how much age wears on physical ability. 🙂 Regardless, it was a super fun time. The neighbor let the kids take turns sitting in front of him on the 4-wheeler and driving the grass to our pasture, and they thought that was the coolest thing ever. 🙂 And I was impressed with our kids’ driving skills – they did great!
The one thing that’s really weighing on me is my need to get the kids’ school schedules all wrapped up and ready for fall. We’re starting in three weeks, so that doesn’t leave me much time.
One of my BFFs and I had a long talk about our fears of disorganization this year regarding school, and made a plan that, for the next three weeks, we would not only devote lots of time to getting the school schedules ready, but also lots of time making and freezing meals, and figuring out a plan for chores that would reduce the stress levels in those areas so we can focus more on school. If anyone has any great ideas regarding keeping chores in the house on an organized plan, I’d love to hear your ideas.
I’m a hard-working kind of a gal, but organization is not necessarily my strong point, especially when it comes to housework. 🙂
So, what kind of things are taking up your summer? What is it that you absolutely have to get done before Labor Day?