The name of my blog is Living Simply Free. What I meant by that was that I had found the time I had been wasting previously when I downsized. Time to do whatever I wanted when I wanted. Time not to rush around with my head spinning with all the things I needed to get done. Sounds good right? Well, life gets in the way some days. I have plenty of free time, but because of that I have been giving plenty of it away helping others.
As a result I recently found myself multi-tasking through a couple of chores with not such good results.
I take time each afternoon to visit with my good friend and neighbor who is undergoing chemo and radiation for cancer. Yes, she has a life partner she calls her “man” (yes it’s a man), but he doesn’t always know what to say to her and she feels stifled by the limits to his sensitivity so I want her to know there is an ear waiting for her when she needs it.
I’ve also been spending more time with the grand kids, they live so close to me, although their recent move added an extra mile to the trip (3.5 miles now). With the purchase of their new home there has been watching the children while they moved, cleaned the home they were leaving, and then helping them to paint the children’s rooms, and refinish furniture to properly fill the home.
There is still a garden which needs tending and prepping for winter, and a few things I want to get a head start on for the Little Cove come next spring. And of course sewing projects, and restoring more found furniture to find new homes for.
So what happens when you are tired? Cold? And are trying to get some work done while getting a pot of water on for a cup of tea?
You mess up big time!
It was so cold I needed a cup of hot tea. I headed over to the cabinet where I store all my things, seriously other than my clothes everything I need to store is in my Ikea Hemmes cabinet. I pulled out my electric pot and carried it to the sink where I removed the top, and began filling it with filtered water from the tap.
Just when I deemed I probably had enough water for my two large cups of tea I wanted, I removed the pot from the water to check my assumptions. Did I mention I was working at the time? My mind wasn’t on what I was doing as it was still on work.
As I peered into the pot to check the water level, what do I see but the electrical cord! Completely submersed in the water!!
You see for neatness sake and the ability to always know where everything is, I store the cord inside the pot. That way when I need to use it I simply remove the cord, fill and plug it in. I only need to grab one thing when I reach into my cabinet.
Lesson learned: Quit trying to multi-task. Things will get done and I definitely would have saved more time having remembered to remove the cord than I ended up spending trying to figure out if I wanted to use the rice cooker to heat my water or wait till I thought the cord was dry enough to plug into the socket.
Now that I shared my embarrassing story, do you have any that reminded you to slow down?