Weekend + How Do You Juggle It All?

Amish Oatmeal
morning coffee



s'mores on a stick

scarlet runner green beans


I hate to brag, but it was yet another beautiful weekend!  The temp's are more like the end of summer/beginning of fall and we are loving it!

The garden is blessing us with bounty despite the fact that it desperately needs to be weeded.  We are currently picking cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, lettuce, scallions, green beans, kohlrabi, and broccoli.  Corn is just about ready, eggplant will be another few weeks, and I have yet to see even a hint of the second set of green beans I planted.  My loofah plants {this is the first year planting them - thank you Daisy for the seeds!} are huge but missing loofah......I have no idea if they will make it in time or not.

Friday night I had a couple of desserts to make for my niece's wedding shower.  By the time we got home from running errands it was 8:30 so J kindly offered to help.  I put him in charge of making the S'mores On A Stick while I made Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes.  Everything was going great until he was just about finished.  We wanted to get the S'mores packed in their individual wraps that night and not save it for morning, so we decided to refrigerate the cookies.  I put the first tray in, walked to the counter to grab the second and CRASH!  The first tray was laying on the ground, cookie sheet side up, and there was chocolate everywhere.  I couldn't believe it.

We laughed and J said "so.....we make another batch?"  Yes indeed!  After a whole lot of cleaning {with 2 dogs watching and drooling just thinking about how yummy the floor and cupboards must taste} we got another batch done.  This time without crisis.

Saturday we spent traveling to and from Massachusetts for the shower.  It was a Jack-and-Jill shower so there was double the people but my sister-in-law and brother-in-law have a very large yard which allowed everyone to spread out.  It really was a wonderful day.

Today we ran errands, made soap, and got some things done around the house.  That being said, the garden has yet to be weeded, same with the flower beds, the house needs a good cleaning, the kitchen needs to be finished, the bathroom needs to be started, I have a file that is exploding with receipts that need to be entered into a spreadsheet....which brings me to my question.

How in the world do you juggle it all?

Some of you may recall I left my job last year.  Not because I was ready to, but because circumstances were such that it wasn't a place I could work any longer.  When I left my job I had also started our business - Cobble Hill Farm Handcrafted Soap {now Cobble Hill Farm Apothecary}.  In theory, we were going to start the business while I was still working and, a year or so later, the business would hopefully be up and running and I could leave.

Of course, things don't always work out as planned.

A very long story short, I have since returned to work.  Full time.  This is in addition to running a business.  Full time.  Why?  Because we want to grow the business, quicker than would allow if we were to rely simply on the money generated from the business, and we don't want to incur any debt to do it.  None.  Not even a penny.  So, we had one choice - I would return to work.  For how long?  I have no idea.  When our business picks up we'll have to re-evaluate.

It's very much like working 2 full-time jobs.  Some days I have no idea how I get it all done.  Other days, I wish I could get more done.  This is why things are a bit out of sorts for now.  I'm trying to get caught up on the product line while developing new products, write for the blog, create an online store, make everything from scratch, keep up with orders, etc. in my few hours each evening and during the weekends.  Here's what I do know:  those of you who are working moms and dads - I have no idea how you do it.  My goodness it's a lot to juggle!

I live by lists.  I have daily and weekly "to-do" lists plus goals for the week and month.  I visit them often and re-prioritize as needed.  It's exhausting but completely worth it.  I meal plan weekly or for 2 weeks now as opposed to monthly - it's easier to complete.  We currently have a farmer's market we sell at on Saturday's {until October} and are hoping to apply to a larger winter Sunday farmer's market.  Craft shows are about to kick into gear in the next month so we'll be doing Saturday's at craft shows and Sunday's {fingers crossed} at a farmer's market.

Most days things seem to work out.  Others, well, not so much.  Such was the day a week or so ago when J looked at me and asked me where I was hiding his socks.  Huh?  He had no socks.  Not even a single missing it's pair.  None.  One trip to the laundry basket and I discovered where they were "hiding".  How could it be that I hadn't washed white clothing all week???  Sigh......

So, I would love to hear tips from any of you.  How in the world do you juggle it all?

Hoping you had a wonderful weekend!!

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born imaginative. said...

Long story short? I don't manage it all. There's always something that needs to be done and should have been accomplished by now.

But, I'll drive myself crazy thinking that I'm not keeping up. I can't change yesterday, I can't predict the future, all Incan control is this moment. And in this moment, I concentrate on my progress rather than where I have fallen short.

I think you are doing a marvelous job...just don't take on so much that you wear yourself out.

Unknown said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend... but you certainly are busy. It takes work to make dreams come true. Good for you for taking action.

I live by lists as well. I wouldn't be able to survive without them.

Wishing you a lovely week.

daisy g said...

Oh, Staci, I don't know how you do it all! I know you are organized, but you must be going non-stop! Please remember to take care of yourself.

I can almost smell that basil! I hope the loofah does well! You could add that to your soap line!

Nicole and Andrew said...

i hope you dont spread yourself too thin as something will have to give and thats usually when you make yourself sick. I know, thats what happened to me, you feel like you have to get everything done and you dont want to disappoint any one. make sure you take time for yourself.
i am thinking of starting my own business and hope i do half as well as you, it is a pretty big step and i know it will be a lot of work. now im not working i feel like i need to contribute with more than just the cooking and cleaning.