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Thread: Too Much To Do; Too Little Time

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    Super Member weezie's Avatar
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    Normally I don't get stressed by life. Today, DH is sicker than usual, so I did not bring out the vacuum cleaner as planned ... so vacuuming is going un-done. Anything later than 6 - 7:00 a.m, it's too hot, humid & unhealthy now for me to go pull weeds (there's 7 bazillion just around the house, + they're growing quickly) and my yardman can't come to work because he has to stay off his sprained ankle for 6 weeks, so yardwork going un-done. Today I'm running up and down stairs, alternating (when I get there) between some hand quilting and some fmq practice. Bottom line is, this is one of those days that I feel like I'm running in place and getting nowhere fast. I also have a quilt upstairs that I need to be hand quilting on, but I can only manage to look at it (I think it's looking back). I think I'm also receiving messages from my treadmill that it's time for "walkies".

    Have you been there, done that? Do you have to choose between whether to do housework and/or yardwork or whether to make quilts? Please tell me I'm not the only one on this invisible treadmill. And, please remember, I've seen frightening pictures of some of your sewing rooms, so I'll know if you're lying to me!

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    I understand the feeling. I need to be doing housework now but more storms coming to Indiana in a few hours so I am on the computer now.

    I guess we just have to decide what to do and make a fun day out of cleaning, yardwork, gardening, shopping, chores, cooking or quilting.

    I like to give myself say 30 minutes to pick up, vacuum, etc. and pretend someone called and coming over. That way I hurry and get it done fast.

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    I suggest you do the essential house work to make it a healthy environment. No point on going insane cleaning, because tomorrow it will be dirty again. The weeds can always wait. the way I see it, they will always grow back. I am sure soon you will have better weather to do it. Take care of yourself and your husband and the rest will eventually get done when is important.

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    Maybe set time limits... you know you have to get some done in the yard by a certain time, so every morning go out for 10 minutes. Then take a break . Pick out another chore, do it for ten minutes or so. Break it up and then it doesn't seem so over whelming :thumbup:

    And remember in 100 years there still will be dirt, dust bunnies and what not still here and we will be long gone :wink:

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    Yeah, when I get stressed out I go take a nap. Things always look better after an hour or so.

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    I had a list...and then make another list...and a list for that list LOL Now? I do what NEEDS to be done, and the rest? It can wait :D:D:D

    The essential housework gets done, quilting, and then whatever else I get around to :wink: Do what you can, but don't drive yourself crazy over the rest :D:D:D

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    Thanks to all for kind advice. (I like the nap advice!) Although I appreciate the thoughts, I wasn't really seeking advice; with a critically ill, disabled husband and some health problems of my own, I have to deal with whatever arises here on a daily basis.

    The reason I posted was just curiosity ... to see if there are many of you who are like me with too many choices because of too little time in which to accomplish everything. And how many of you feel like you must get everything else done before you can "reward" yourself with some sewing/quilting time.

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    I think it is important to check off items on our Must Do lists...but it is equally important to reward ourselves with quilting or other activities that are fun and stress relievers :D
    So yes, I rewarded myself when life got busy and hectic, I set some time aside for myself as a priority too! Some days more time, some less, but some time each day :D:D:D

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    I do know how you feel. A similar situation here. Sometimes I feel like sitting in a corner with my head spinning counterclockwise!!! Or maybe I will just follow the dogs lead and chase my tail for a while!

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    Been there done that for sure so sorry to hear about your hubby and i'm so sorry you aren't feeling well either we have the 3 H's here today as well and haveing so much rain.Thank the good Lord hubby is still albe to care for the outside yard and garden and such and me the inside i'm trying to get ready for our family reunion this Sunday and with company coming seems i have so much to get done there's our Son getting married July 3rd whew don't no if i'll ever catch up i sent my Prayers for you and hubby and i for one thinks i have to get all done before it's award time for me also(:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountain-moma
    Been there done that for sure so sorry to hear about your hubby and i'm so sorry you aren't feeling well either we have the 3 H's here today as well and haveing so much rain.Thank the good Lord hubby is still albe to care for the outside yard and garden and such and me the inside i'm trying to get ready for our family reunion this Sunday and with company coming seems i have so much to get done there's our Son getting married July 3rd whew don't no if i'll ever catch up i sent my Prayers for you and hubby and i for one thinks i have to get all done before it's award time for me also(:)
    Thanks very much! My sickness is only a "sometimes" thing that I've been plagued with my whole life. I'm just happy that I do o.k. most of the time and I get a lot of stuff done then.

    You'll get it all done. It always works out, although sometimes the "to do" list seems overwhelming when you have a specific time frame in which to get everything done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weezie
    I also have a quilt upstairs that I need to be hand quilting on, but I can only manage to look at it (I think it's looking back). I think I'm also receiving messages from my treadmill that it's time for "walkies".
    Not to minimize your angst but you have a quilt looking back at you and a treadmill sending messages! I think it's time for that nap. :|

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    Quote Originally Posted by weezie
    Thanks to all for kind advice. (I like the nap advice!) Although I appreciate the thoughts, I wasn't really seeking advice; with a critically ill, disabled husband and some health problems of my own, I have to deal with whatever arises here on a daily basis.

    The reason I posted was just curiosity ... to see if there are many of you who are like me with too many choices because of too little time in which to accomplish everything. And how many of you feel like you must get everything else done before you can "reward" yourself with some sewing/quilting time.
    just remember that stressed spelled backwards is Desserts so make you a big chocolate cake and relax. On a serious note I use to feel that way but now use quilting as a stress release so I try to get some quilting time between chores. I still don't get to sew as mush as I would like but I do sew a little each day, so be sure to take time for your self.

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    I understand his feeling of weariness since the women we have great it loads above. I suffer fibromialgia and the truth is that being employed out of house at an office and then the tasks of my cas, is terrible, sometimes we slacken and we are entered by a species of slightly special melancholy, so though the husbands want to help us, they I believe that they do not even see the dirt in house. I am glad the life with a grandson that I have of two years and a half but also I get tired very much if I am a lot of time with him.
    In end, the age does not excuse and the life of the woman, is like that .......

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    Quote Originally Posted by QBeth
    Not to minimize your angst but you have a quilt looking back at you and a treadmill sending messages! I think it's time for that nap. :|
    Probably past time!! (Does this mean that your inanimate objects don't send YOU messages?) I don't get stressed out, usually, but I have my moments and I was having a "moment" when I posted; however, I'm back to my usual "whatever will be, will be" attitude now.

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    ohh yeah, i feel like that most of the time! Seems everywhere I look something is calling my name, laundry dishes, weeding, vacuuming, etc. people say oh well just park and do it tomorrow. But what they don't realize is that tomorrow has just as many things already to do so don't want to add more. And then of course, my hubby (who is also ill) would like me to spend time with him too. Calgon take me away............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    I suggest you do the essential house work to make it a healthy environment. No point on going insane cleaning, because tomorrow it will be dirty again. The weeds can always wait. the way I see it, they will always grow back. I am sure soon you will have better weather to do it. Take care of yourself and your husband and the rest will eventually get done when is important.
    I agree with you. Clean, dust, mop and tomorrow who can tell? I clean often enough that our house won't be condemed. I like a clean house, just not enough to do it every day. I like to sew, sew, sew.

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    Glad to hear that you are feeling better. I'm feeling that way myself, right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weezie
    Quote Originally Posted by QBeth
    Not to minimize your angst but you have a quilt looking back at you and a treadmill sending messages! I think it's time for that nap. :|
    Probably past time!! (Does this mean that your inanimate objects don't send YOU messages?) I don't get stressed out, usually, but I have my moments and I was having a "moment" when I posted; however, I'm back to my usual "whatever will be, will be" attitude now.
    No, my objects know better than to talk to me when I'm having a bad day -- they may get blamed! _:-)_ Glad to hear you're feeling better. Sharing does help to get over those "moments."

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