I've never had chores before. City girls don't do chores! I've always gotten up much, much earlier than I needed to. Like now, I get up at 5:30 and leave for work about 7-7:30. Mostly I putz (or putter). Read the newspaper, wash dishes, clean up a bit, sit and stare at the fire. If I have any important thinking-type work to do, I do it in the morning. You know. I putz. I've been doing it as long as I've been working, around 25 years (except for the staring at the fire part).
Now, the chickens are beginning to insinuate themselves into my routine. First thing in the morning, feed the dogs and cats, go out and feed the chickens, look for eggs, bring the water bucket in, clean it, refill it and take it back out. Revive the fire in the woodstove. Make tea. etc, etc. And so the day begins.
The chores are even beginning to resolve into morning chores and evening chores. Feed the animals both morning and evening. Morning: clean the chicken water. Evening: haul wood.
You guys have no idea how close I came to buying 3 baby goats yesterday from the goat dairy! The owner says they can stay in the house for a few weeks/months (I don't remember which), they only need a tent outside, and my portable electric fencing would be plenty for them. It was in my plan for this year anyway! Thankfully, sanity ruled the day and I returned goat-free. For now anyway. The goat dairy lady says she'll have kids for another month. ... hm. hm. More chores. But these guys/gals were SO cute! And part of my plan, too!
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