Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Pockets of time

The last morning of our Houston trip Allie-14 jumped and rolled her ankle. I had just taken her to the doctor the week before for a sprained foot, so when I showed up at the doctor's office Monday, it was like deja vu. We spent the rest of the afternoon waiting for x-rays and waiting to be told no, it wasn't broken. Bummer to have an ankle swollen up the size of a ripe pear just to be told, "Stay off of it."

Since we are moving 30 miles north of civilization soon, I've been trying to get all of our other appointments in. Yesterday it was Libby-10 and Ruthie-4's turn for checkups. I walked in and the pediatrician asked, "Who's hurt this time?" That's what I get for coming in three times in five days.

By the way, Ruthie's bangs ARE precious, although I'd forgotten about her enormous cowlick that complicates the matter of curly bangs. It will be back to headbands and teensy butterfly clips very soon.

Today I am going to our Future Small Town to look at a couple of "Plan B's" in case the Crazy House does not pan out (we are still negotiating, but, lest one forget we are in rural Texas, I remind you, we are in rural Texas. As the old man says in Toy Story 2, "You cain't rush art.").

One Plan B house is a 1962 gem that looks from the pictures like it's been added on to at least twice. "Rambler" is a nice word for it. It is a foreclosure on 1 1/2 acres right next to a new subdivision, so it will either be surrounded by homes or be zoned commercial in the next 10 years. Either way, it could be a good investment if we could force ourselves to look at it that way, and if we could stand it if a 7-11 were built across the street.

The other Plan B house is one that has a 17X10 foot laundry room. It would be a dream come true, if it weren't so obvious they had converted it from the formal living room. Nice to walk in the entry and hear the Maytag purring, don't you think?

We are also looking at rentals. I am surprisingly okay with this. Our second POD will be here Friday, so we can just keep what we need for the next month out, and the rest will be waiting for us when we are ready.

Needless to say, we have been very busy. I am behind in virtually every area of my life, from laundry to bill paying to cleaning to email to phone calls.

I'm back to using my M.O. of using pockets of time. Back when all of our kids were little, I kept a running list of things I could do in 10 minutes or less, because that's usually all I had before getting interrupted (again). Right now I'm using pockets of time to pack an occasional box, pot some perennials, pay bills, clean a sink, and start dinner, to name a few.

It's not quite the same as the luxury of hours to plow through a project, but it works surprisingly well. This blog post took me 15 minutes, so I'm behind again. Rats. I'll have to make it up by making phone calls from the car...


Michelle @ Sew-Krafty said...

If you posted your blog in only 15 mins. you're my new hero!!
I like the idea of little snippits of time!

Susanne said...

I think I agree with fushcia! 15 minutes for a blog post? Amazing. One day you'll have to let us in on your secret. ;v)

The pockets of time is such a good idea. I've been adopting that more and more and it certainly helps to feel a little less overwhelmed!

Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

I wish I could loan you some of my pockets of time, to be paid back at a later date. Would if I could.

I know the waiting and searching aren't very fun, but I'm looking forward to hearing how it all turns out!

You seem to have a great handle on things. Hang in there, my friend!

Jen said...

unfortunately I make alot of calls from the

Andrea said...

Um, Katherine?
Aren't we always behind in all areas of our life: laundry, bills, etc. Or maybe that's me? *grin*

mamashine said...

17x10 laundry room sounds SO GOOD. You can pretty much hear the washer from all over my house anyway, so I wouldn't care about the location. I'm imagining all those lovely shelves and space to hang things... mmmm... almost makes laundry sound like fun!

Dimple Queen said...

I could make that laundry room a pretty fun place to be as you could to I am sure!

You are one busy woman these days, just remember that we are all lifting you up in prayer!

Can't wait to hear how it all turns out!

fAiThFuL cHiCk said...

Looking forward to seeing how everything works out. We have been through our own version of this journey over the past year, so I understand.

Snippets are smart. That's how we get everything done around here.

Keep us updated.

Debbie said...

We are coming off of a month of everyone being sick, so I can sympathize w/ feeling behind in every area. Right now I have so much to do, I don't know which way to turn. To top that off the weather finally turned warm and the kids are clamoring for shorts....where the heck did I put them? Time to do the clothes switch (for 5 kids!).

Snippets of time. I love it. You're a genius.

I love the big laundry room idea. We are/were thinking about moving, too. We are fast becoming sardines in this house. We looked at one house w/ a great laundry room. Why not? We spend so much time there.

Praying for you sister to get through this time of upheaval. I think you're handling it great. Hang in there!