Lists and schedules
I’m sitting here with a stacked to do list that itself is part of the to do list (go through and get some of these lists consolidated and clear the clutter!). I have notes, lists, and post its with things I want to do, need to do, and should do. Some items are duplicated on various lists or notes, and I need to get them consolidated into one big list. I have catalogs sitting here, usually tied to an item or two on one of the notes. Right now Mid-States Livestock Supplies catalog, Valley Vet Supply, and Springwater Animal Supply are all front and center, as I need to get some items in preparation for next month’s shearing, and then lambing six weeks after that. I have a list of supplies I need, and want to be prepared for both events.
I’m also doing Internet research for veterinary information on Farley’s nail condition (his toenails have been sloughing off for the past month), though not having much success, so the secondary list is to get a vitamin/supplement order together for Swanson’s Vitamins (another catalog sitting here). More lists. I took him to a new-to-me holistic vet and was disappointed; first I waited over 50 minutes after my appointment time, then the guy would hardly let me get a word in edgewise. We left with a sheet of paper and some ideas for a few supplements, but no diagnostics were discussed. Sigh. Next week we are going to a dermatology specialist—hugely inconvenient hours and location, and much more expensive but hopefully we’ll find some answers and something to work with that I can live with, financially and emotionally (treatments that don’t have gnarly and/or life threatening side effects for the patient).
I just finished up a large book edit (80K+ words) and need to prepare the invoice for my client. I’ve been holding off as we’re still in the tail end of back and forth with refinements. I may also help her with her letter to an interested publisher (she’s self-publishing) and am excited to see her book in print. My next job is to assist with an overhaul of a website, moving content and editing articles to appeal individually to two different demographics—pet owners and veterinarians. It could be a very big job, but I’m putting out the good juju that it will go smoothly and easily. Fingers crossed.
In all of this I’m trying to get my calendar figured out. In addition to the above tasks, I keep signing up for classes and workshops. All these great opportunities keep presenting themselves and I can’t let them pass me by. Last weekend was Winterschool (more on this in my next post) and next weekend I have an all-day seminar, with a cooking class two weeks after that (only a single afternoon). I’ve signed up for two classes in April, one is a one-day environmental writing workshop – (the same weekend as the Shepherd’s Extravaganza at the Puyallup Spring Fair) and the other is a 4-week online course (editing topic).
And I want to get Daisy back into school. The next session for intermediate obedience starts in March and goes for eight weeks. Right now that feels like a mega-commitment, but we both need it. I’ve neglected working with her as much as I should be over the winter and it’s beginning to show—she has a lot of energy and her own ideas of how things should be done. I love how smart Rottweilers are, and how independent-minded too (in a different way than the single-mindedness of the Setters), but I also like a dog that listens to me. She’s mostly responsive, but likes to stay busy and sometimes drifts into willfulness–the long winter nights and short weekends lately have been a challenge for all of us.
That said, the days are definitely getting longer and I am loving it! It’s now light until 6:00 p.m. and on clear evenings there’s light enough to get some chores done outside without needing my lighted baseball cap (a wonderful tool – it keeps rain from collecting on my glasses AND lights my way to the sheep shed or the chicken coop, hands-free). This weekend is supposed to be sunny and I’m looking forward to getting outside for some late winter yard work, like picking up sticks and downed branches after last month’s storm.