How do YOU do it all?

It’s Friday and I’m late posting this. Actually I’m late even writing this, but instead of apologizing and taking time to do so, I’ll just jump right in and assume that you all forgive me. It’s better than no post at all, right? πŸ™‚

We’re smack-dab in the middle of intern check out week here on the farm. Forty-five bright eyed bushy tailed Polyface intern wanna-be’s are working their hardest to impress us and we’re just hoping they all don’t go running and screaming the other way. It’s always great fun to meet new faces and hear about different life’s journeys. We always wish we could take them all, but alas, it wouldn’t be an intern program if we did.

In the midst of this week, I’m also finishing up getting ready for Christmas and trying to get some quilting in. It’s winter and I always want to quilt in the winter.

One of our young gals that was here this week, asked this: “So you’re cooking for all of us, homeschooling, marketing and everything else, how in the world do you find time to quilt?”

This was my answer, “Fifteen minutes here, ten minutes there. If I waited until I had a chunk of several hours to craft, I’d never get anything done.”

This got me thinking. Truly life it like that, isn’t it? Little bits of time you spend here and there adding up to a whole afternoon or day. I’ve started spending my few minutes waiting on everyone to come in for dinner quilting. When I’m on the phone with a talkative family member or friend, I keep my hands busy -wash the dishes, fold a load of clothes or better yet, crochet or knit those pot holders, I’m in desperate need of.

What about you? What little moments do you use to catch some extra time for the things you dearly love to do? How do you squeeze your hobbies into your day or week?

Now I’m going to leave you with some pictures of my completed Spinning Stars Quilt. I gave it to my sister for her birthday and she loved it. πŸ™‚

And I’m still working on my Farmer’s Wife Quilt…here’s my progress on that so far (40 blocks done so far, 71 to go)

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About Sheri Salatin

Sheri is married to Daniel Salatin. She is the marketing director at Polyface Farm and stay-at-home mom of three children. Sheri is passionate about clean food and is enjoying working the land along side her husband. When not farming, Sheri can be found reading, writing, sewing, baking and serving in her church family.
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7 Responses to How do YOU do it all?

  1. There are things you have to do. There are things you want to do. I spend big chunks of my evenings and weekends doing “have-to” work outside. When necessary, I sacrifice sleep to help get chores caught up. I fit in things I just want to do as well as my own continuing education by carrying books with me at all times. When there is a lull I read a few pages (or take a quick nap).

    Then, one afternoon, you realize you have a large pile of firewood split and stacked, the livestock are fat and happy, the winter garden looks great but the wife and kids are feeling neglected. It’s time for an afternoon of playing legos, reading aloud and wrestling with the kids. If the cows have water the rest will wait.

    There is always more work to do but work is not an end. It’s a means. My focus must be on my primary ministry…my family. I tend to lose focus.

  2. Angie says:

    I sell my crafts so I always have time to do them. I soap or sew during the day while my honey is at work and when he’s home I just knit and hang with him. :0)

  3. I am guilty of sometimes (often?) getting my priorities wrong – as in putting wants before needs, and sometimes the state of the farm reflects that. In many ways I get it right – my family gets a good chunk of my attention, I get a fair amount of reading/tea drinking in, no one could complain that I focus too much on housework :)….but there are numerous projects around the place that I promised I would get to in winter when things slowed down…and here we are – winter, and what am I doing? Typing….

  4. Annie says:

    You are completely right, if we waited until we had three hours we wouldn’t do anything. My hands are always busy. If I have 10 minutes, I get my crocheting or knitting. I’m handpiecing my sons’s baby quilt (he’s three, so it’s time to finish it!) and I take that along on car rides. My husband knew this about me when we were dating and I always had a project along. I handpieced an entire table runner while talking to him on the phone over our courtship…it’s on his dresser now!

    And I’ve washed many an egg with the phone to my ear!

  5. Your quilts are really beautiful! I spend my free moments reading, writing, cleaning and cooking/baking. After I just typed that out, it really seems like the most un-glamorous list anyone could possibly think of, but it is what it is. πŸ™‚ I read a book about cleaning/organizing and the author (Mindy Starns Clark – The House That Cleans Itself, which is a good read, by the way) used to time herself how long it took to clean certain things. When she had a few minutes, she would remember which chore she could do in that time (like sweep the floor while the rice is boiling, wash the dishes while the brownies are baking, etc.). Sometimes if I remember that, I try to be a multi-tasker too. Moment by moment, that’s how it works!

  6. kelli says:

    Love your quilts! I’m working on one for my mom for Christmas. What started as a throw turned into a KING (go figure). Yeah, I think people don’t realize how many wasted hours there are in a day. Usually results from some sort of technology (whether helpful or hindering). I think homeschooling is overrated as well. We think we have to “measure up” to what’s being taught in a traditional school building’s teaching, but kids learn best (and are more motivated) by independant learning. Get ’em started and they’ll take over with projects and ideas we never dreamed. πŸ™‚ (at least mine do) Best wishes with your quilting and I hope you all have a Merry Christmas. God Bless!!! Kelli