I find that a sense of routine makes sure everything gets done. When it's feeding time, I do everything in the same order, every day. First it's time to feed the hen house and collect eggs, then the same for the turkey house, then on to the peafowl down in the barn. If I need hay for the rabbits, I get it while I'm there, then head back up to the house to feed the bunnies. There is an order to those pens as well. Lastly, I feed the kitties, then my evening chores are done, at least until it's time to lock up the poultry for the evening to keep them safe from predators. For me, it just makes sense to go in an order. The order doesn't really matter, but once you establish it, you can be confident everything got done. It doesn't matter if you're not feeling well, distracted, or tired, if you have a routine it's almost like autopilot. And it's interesting how even my friends pick up on it. I have to come inside to get water during winter chores, and my friend Steph knows how much longer I'll be depending on what I'm doing. I even overheard her say to some other friends that were here one day not too long ago that since I was feeding the cats, I was pretty much done and would be able to be social again in just a minute. I guess that's when I really thought about how set my routines really are- even a (non-farming) friend can pick up on them!
But spring is indeed on its way, at long last. We've had temperatures in the 50's and the feet of snow on the ground are rapidly dwindling- this causes problems with water and ice everywhere, but as unpleasant as it can be, it's a step in the thawing process we knew was coming. And as the season changes, chores do, too. It's as though the farm itself comes out of hibernation. I found my first turkey egg of the year last night and the guineas have just begun to lay as well, so very soon I'll be turning on the incubator and getting hatching season under way. And I've started garden plants already- we keep them inside until they germinate, and today as soon as the greenhouse warms up enough, I'll take them out to enjoy some real sunshine. It's quite noticeable that the sun is gaining strength all the time, too. I'm itching to get gardening and planting and seeing green again. It makes for lots more to do, but after a long hard, winter the additions and changes in the routine are quite welcome...let the busy season begin!