However, in the back of my mind, a little voice was nagging me to work faster, because those two weeks aren't going to go as planned. Sure enough, I received an unexpected phone call one night from someone who needed to set up an appointment with me. I hemmed and hawed over a time, because I knew no matter what time I chose, it would end up being inconvenient for me. But I didn't want to overthink it, so I picked a time. Of course, that turned out to be the perfect time to go for a horseback ride and I regretted setting up the appointment.
I figured there would be time to ride later, but I steam cleaned the carpet, which led to more trouble. The dogs were getting high on the chemicals, so I had to open up all the windows and doors to air the place out, which meant staying home for a few more hours. The steam vac also left behind a bunch of wet balls of dog fur despite me just vacuuming beforehand, so I had to vacuum afterwards too.
I planned out in my head how I am going to spend the next week cleaning the remaining parts of the house and fit in a few breaks for trail rides, and just when I was feeling confident that I could do it all, someone asked me to do her a favor that requires me to sit at home and wait to do things on someone else's schedule for an entire day before Thanksgiving. I felt like a bomb had gone off in my brain.
Of course, she picked the best day for trail riding, both weather-wise and schedule-wise. Every time this lady asks me to do her a favor, I think, "Just this once. I can be inconvenienced just this once, and she's on her own after that."
Then she asks for another favor, and I struggle to say no, because I'm empathetic to her plight. But seriously, who chooses a day right before a major holiday to schedule something for someone else? I guess she thought I wouldn't be busy preparing for guests? If I don't get in a few horseback rides, I'm going to be very grumpy and burnt out by the time the holiday actually gets here.
Whenever I get overloaded with responsibilities and appointments, I tend to shut down and refuse to do any of it. I also tend to run away. I couldn't take having to do anymore cleaning, because I literally had blisters on my hands, and I didn't want to give this lady an answer until I cooled off, so I went down to the barn and asked for a volunteer to take a hike with me. I didn't want to ride knowing how frustrated I felt and how sensitive my horses are to my moods. Plus, I really need two hours of uninterrupted time to ride, because getting all of the tack and equipment together is half the battle, but I can take a horse for a quick walk and be back in half an hour. I took my camera and did a quick photo shoot.
This was the first week in a long time that my To Do List took up two pages of a lined legal pad. Everything fell apart at once, so I have a lot of home repairs and sewing to do. Also, we've run out of space to dump manure, so it's that time of year when we have to dedicate an hour each day to shovel manure out of the pile into the wagon, and dump it into the trailer. Then on the weekends, we haul the trailer to the dump and shovel the manure out of the trailer. It's better to have it happen in the cooler months, so at least one thing is going my way.