One thing about this flare has been bothering about the flare is I was doing just the minimal housework to keep things going. Using my limited energy levels for wood cutting and hauling sort of was the priority with temps dropping into the 20’s at night.
Needless to say the basic cleanliness of the house dropped of rather significantly overall and having furry doggies dragging in leaves and stuff from the yard made my floors/carpets a disaster! But in the last few days I have been able to catch up on most of the household stuff.
I went a little bit crazy and got a lot of the homemade dog food made up and stored in the freezer. My fridge is finally emptied of all the meats I got on sale. I finally got it packed/wrapped and stored in the freezer. The floors are swept or vacuumed and I even got a little bit of dusting done in the living room and kitchen.
I ignored the wood pile and focused on just getting the the house back to clean livability levels. This has helped me feel better mentally because a dirty house just is not a happy place to live!
The plan for next week is to keep working on the kindling buckets, cutting some of the bigger chunks of wood to fire wood size. I will mix in raking leaves and yard cleanup as I can mix up those tasks when I get tired of doing one thing I can use a different muscle group on different tasks. It’s getting a bit cool overnight but it is dry and the wind is supposed to be calm this next week, so yard work should be easier to accomplish.
Next week schedule will probably look like … 15-20 minutes work on raking leaves, watch a you tube video. 15-20 minutes stacking wood on the porch play some easy video games or read some news. 15-20 minutes of mowing the lawn/sucking up leaves, have lunch and take a nap. Then repeat for about 5 days as I slowly build up stamina.
Actually I’ve done this sort of schedule when I came home after becoming disabled. What is great now is I have better tools to get stuff done in that 15-20 minutes worth of work. While cutting kindling still takes an axe I have a hatchet, axe, spitting maul and different weight sledge hammers to get the job done. I have a couple of light weight chainsaws I’m comfortable using to cut wood. Now I have a little battery power leaf blower to blow stuff into small piles and then I use the leaf rake to finish collecting the leaves.
While it has been a bit humbling to myself to have to rebuild my stamina. It has also been a bit of a boost to know that I have the tools to do the work even if it is in 20 minute blocks after a rest/recovery period. I prepped good to build all those tools up just in case I had a flare and could not work very hard because of a lack of stamina.
I was a little bummed out because I did not bounce back physically but finally I did back to that Idea of do just 5 minutes of work. Heck, in just five minutes I could fill my little wagon with wood or add 2 arm loads of wood to the porch wood rack. Sure I had to sit and rest for a bit but I could get those jobs done. A few 5 minutes a couple of times a day of moving wood filled the porch wood rack. A few 5-15 minutes of cutting kindling will fill that kindling box.
I know there were many jobs I don’t start because I think it my take hours of work to accomplish. But if you break the job down into smaller sections it become very doable. Okay concrete is a time critical job but there are many small jobs that have to be done first before you bring in concrete. Most big jobs are actually made up of a bunch of small jobs.
I guess that is about it on my little rant. Overall things are a difficult, but I’m getting on top of the jobs. I’m building up my stamina, I can still keep my self warm and fed until I recover some what physically. Overall life is good if not perfect.