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Friday, 23 August 2019

Time management with Millie

Has taking Millie into our lives been the right thing to do?  PROBABLY
Has it been as simple as when Daisy moved in?  ABSOLUTELY NOT

When Daisy moved in she was already a mature dog, and one with a very different personality to that which bubbles out of the Lunatic Lurcher on a minute-by-minute basis.  Daisy had been deeply traumatised by whatever had happened to her, and was in no position psychologically to bounce around and test boundaries;  she was a quiet, gentle and well-behaved lady - hence the name Little Miss Perfect.  She was completely house-trained, knew all her basic commands and walked nicely on a lead.



Millie is not Daisy.  Millie is her own dog, and we are on a steep learning curve.  It is all very lovely and exactly what I needed, oh boy did I need it.  I was sitting stroking her the other day and said to Management "I don't remember when I smiled so much".



At present Millie is "full on" and requires full-time attention.  Unless she is upside down and deeply asleep she needs something in her mouth.  Although she has a basket full of toys of different styles and mouth-feel unless her attention is directed correctly she's just as likely to pick up a slipper, the woodburner glove, or anything else we've been daft enough to leave with reach (and her reach is extensive!!)  We do not do 'crate confinement' and never will, so one of us is in the same room as Millie all the time - it's easier that way, if not a little exhausting.  Thankfully she is so happy to follow me around, or jump in the car and she already has a bed in nearly every room in the house.



This week has been unusually "full-on" for us, and somewhat tested my diminished time management skills, I'm writing it out just to remind myself that (contrary to a regularly held belief), I don't spend half the time sitting on my bottom.  😀    On Monday Himself's car went to the garage first thing, and after lunch, Millie was back to the vet for a check up.  Not unexpectedly, his car failed its MOT - it is old and has done a gazillion business miles.  This finally got us off our bottoms to look for a replacement, something we have been talking about doing ever since he left work, but just "not got around to" but heck, it swallows up hours of time.



Tuesday:  Early start for yoga, which is meant to be relaxing.  Only I ruined any residual benefit by trying to be clever and go straight into town and do all the errands.  Despite being in Bill to facilitate a comfy lunch-stop I ended up chucking the remainder of the shopping list on the floor and coming home.  Hot, tired, no longer refreshed from yoga.  A tiny hole in the Persil box meant sweet smelling laundry powder all over the floor of the van = unplanned vacuuming.  Collect Himself's car which only required a quick fix to make it legal and MOT'd, but we're still going to sell it.

Wednesday:  I woke up tired, stayed tired all day.  Himself went out and ticked off a couple more errands (including a whole car boot full of things to the charity shop, Yay!),   Millie and I stayed home and played.  I tried to do some sewing, never really got going.



Thursday:  Early appointment to have my hair trimmed and whilst in town tried to finish up the errands that I abandoned on Tuesday.  Whilst Tuesday's errands were incomplete because I got too hot, Thursday's were not finished because every time I stepped outside I got soaked, and cold.

Life with Millie has given me the impetus to try to get back to a routine we successfully implemented years ago and that was to shop only once a month, except for milk and fresh vegetables which were bought weekly.  I had forgotten how much work it took to set up having a month's worth of (insert multiple items such as toilet paper, pasta, rice, mayonnaise, etc., etc) on hand but once the routine/lists are established it does save a huge amount of time, and quite often a bit of money too.  Hence so much shopping this week but it will be worth it when our little 'system' is in place and running again.

And I want to use that time to get out for 'proper' walks with Lady Millicent.  As a much happier traveller than Daisy ever was, the potential for us to go all over the place and properly utilise Bill is quite tantalising.



(this picture was taken earlier in the month and the eagle-eyed may notice her spaying scar was still infected, it's absolutely fine now)

Today we are all a little slow, and taking it easy.  The weather is (sort of) helping by being damp and cloudy so I feel no obligation to go in the garden and tackle any of the numerous outstanding jobs outside.  My desk looks like someone has exploded a paper-filled piñata over it.



I don't know how those of my friends who still work actually manage it.  There are truly not enough hours in the day.  There was me thinking "retirement" was supposed to be relaxing.  I guess it is - some of the time - but this week has not been one of those times.

18 comments:

  1. I agree that home life and all its ins & outs can be much more busier than the 9 to 5 ever was!! I stopped going out to work (NHS) 5 years ago when I was 50 and looking back I don't know how I fitted everything in!! I suppose I was doing it all - but nothing was done properly and fully due to lack of time.
    I love the picture of Millie stretched out on the seating in Bill. I also don't like the idea of crating dogs. When we had a dog many, many years ago he had full run of the house and slept wherever he wanted to.

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    1. I think you have ‘hit the nail on the head’ Mrs, you got stuff done but not as properly as you really wanted.

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  2. She is the perfect companion for you I think :o)

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    1. Thank you CT, she’s certainly keeping me busy 🤪🤪

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  3. oh, I feel your 'puppy pain'... this little 'puppysitting favor' that I've taken on is becoming a fulltime occupation, and You-Know-Who is showing signs of annoyance- I am just fraying around my already decrepit edges and hoping it will end someday- I think daughter realizes she isn't cut out for all the training/patience needed- I am encouraged by your list of activities with your beautiful girl though, and I so admire your dedication to the task-
    we're headed into a weekend that promises excessive heat and humidity ... just think
    tropical (very) rain forest- Olivia (who also complains bitterly about any cold weather) will throw herself on the ground and do her most Sarah Bernhardt fatal swoon routine when forced into the yard for essential activities, and I foresee many pupsickles in our guest's weekend also-
    the usual regards from what can only be described as 'flaming Hades'-
    barb

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    1. Hi Barb, good luck with training not just an unexpected puppy, but maybe youe daughter too? Sounds like you need all the luck you can get . . .

      Thank you for sending over some surplus heat!

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  4. She's certainly made a big difference to your life. It's lovely to follow your journey together x

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    1. Absolutely Eilee, a massive difference - and you’re only seeing the “blog facing” stuff ....☺️

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  5. Ah, establishing new routines can be hard & tiring, but worth the effort. Once Madam is a little more mature she'll be a tad easier. I often wonder how I worked full time & raised 3 kids, with a hubby who was often away. Take care & hugs all round.

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    1. Hi Susan, thank you. I was going to write and say hope our typical gloomy & wet summer weather was not spoiling your big holiday, but it is currently so hot that I would not be able to garden today even if I hadn’t 🤬🤬 my finger!

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  6. When you write down all that you do in a week or a day it can seem exhausting even when it is the stuff of life that keeps the cogs whirring. Hope you manage to get the shopping sort to give you more time with Mille who sounds like a delight to be around.

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    1. Thanks m’dear. You are so right - and bear in mind not on that ‘list’ above was sorting food, laundry, house admin, all the picking up of ‘stuff’, dog games, walks, and goodness knows what else.

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  7. Dear Jayne
    You and Millie were obviously meant to be. It's lovely to see her so happy and settled. She certainly seems to keep you on your toes!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Hi Ellie, it is rather manic here at present, especially as Lady M. Settles and becomes more confident (which means investigating where I don’t want her to go, selective deafness as ‘normal mode’ and testing the boundaries to see how far she can push us).

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  8. Retirees fit into too categories, those who don’t know how the had time to go to work and those that are bored, I know which I’d rather be in.

    We order groceries online and have them delivered and just shop for fresh fruit etc.

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    1. BORED?? What is this ‘bored’ thing of which you speak. {grin}. I occasionally go online grocery shopping but have never really got on with it.

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  9. I retired two years ago at the age of 55 from ITU nursing. I volunteered at the National Trust. A year later they persuaded me to apply for a part time job which I got. Now I am busier than ever and loving it.

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    1. Hi Beverley, at least now you are busy on your own terms.

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