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April 10, 2018: The A B Cs of Listing

You may make a list. You may make a list and take your time about doing what is on your list. You may make a list and vow to adhere to what you have committed to doing. However, there are no guarantees that you’ll get everything on that list done in a day’s time.

So yesterday did not go according to planed. First of all, I didn’t include my morning agenda on my list. I did work on Forks and I did work on my Vet Tech notes. The dentist appointment, which was on the list, was scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Pete and I had agreed to leave here at 1:45 p.m. We also agreed to take separate vehicles and meet in town, me parking my car and going with him and then he later dropping me off so that later I could drive home and he could go to his recycling meeting.

I did not put on my list “spend time with Tinni.’ This was a big mistake. I went outside at 12:00 p.m. I intended to go back inside at 1:15 p.m. It was a beautiful day. I spent considerable time brushing him and doing Intrinzen work on the mat in the yard. Then I took him for a ride around the loop, knowing that we’d go slow.

I finished up with Tinni at 1:35 p.m. This gave me ten minutes to eat my lunch, put on clean clothes, brush my teeth, and wash my face. I figured I had plenty of time because as I was coming up the porch stairs, Pete was finishing planting seedlings. I checked for phone messages. One from the dentist said to come in early.

Come 2 p.m. Pete suggested I drive by myself to the dentist, this way he could take off. I said no. He said that we didn’t have time to go to town and drop my vehicle off. So, the one remaining alternative was for him to drive me back home.

We arrived at the dentist at 2:30 p.m., our regularly scheduled time. Both our appointments took a really long time and we did not get out of that place until 4:45. Pete drove me home and dropped me off and then went back to town to his meeting. It was on my list, the word Tabitha. She and her friend Amilee were planning on coming over and riding the horses. They were here well before I was.

I like being prepared for visitors – I usually have the horses out and brushed. This time, I was not ready. I had them come up to the house with me. I changed my clothes and quickly made a sandwich. We then went down and did our horsey thing. We finished up with the horses at 8:30 p.m. Pete who had arrived home made us all dinner. In my absence, the dog counter surfed and ate the cheese and bread, which Pete had baked that morning. After dinner, at 9:30 p.m. I went out and cleaned the horse pen. I did not have this on my list because it’s a given. If I had gotten home earlier, I would have done this then and it would not have taken as long.

So the lessons learned today were put everything you want to do on your list and don’t add in other items, thinking that you have all the time in the world – because you don’t.

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