We are now pushing toward our latest start ever for planting. Our record was May 21, so I hope we don’t break it. Like many of you we have been ready to some degree since late March, and that’s a lot of time to fill in. After all you can only drive by fields for a few hours each day. So, for what it’s worth, here are some ideas that I use when trying to pretend I’m cool despite fixating on getting started.
- Re-read a favorite book. Nothing too taxing, but don’t waste the effort trying to stay into a new story, because your brain probably won’t be able to concentrate for long. In fact, one of the books I’m reading I think I sorta read waiting out a late harvest, and it’s like new to me.
- Fix or improve some little irritation that you’ve been putting off about for years. For example, I finally repaired a stained spot above the shower in one bathroom. It was a messy job putting that popcorn stuff on the ceiling so between getting ready, actually splattering it on, and cleaning up the fallout, I killed several hours. And I had to make 2-3 trips to box stores, all of which are near some of my favorite restaurants, if you get my drift.
- Clean up the shop. This will shock many of you but when I shoot video with the shop in the background, I more or less bulldoze the piles of tools and scraps just outside the edge of the picture, so a few of you think I’m mildly organized. The truth is somewhat different. During the past few rainy days, I’ve put a lot of tools away belatedly unlike you true craftsmen who do so promptly after use. I also finally built a better table for my drill press, a job which required even more visits to the home improvement centers and nearby establishments. I even managed to fill a couple of dumpsters with stuff from our farm shop, finding over 25 supposedly lost tools in the process.
- Stay off social media. Seriously. I find avoiding Twitter and Facebook during times of stress may not lower my anxiety level, but it stops adding to the load.
- Finally, walk. Walking does something to our minds, allowing them to free wheel and think new thoughts. The tricky part is capturing those inspirations before some a shiny object pushes it from your consciousness. Walking is also rumored to be a healthy thing to do, so you can feel smug about that as a bonus.
I’m sure you have equally effective ways to appear busy and useful while checking the radar every 20 minutes. And I hope your search for ways to kill time becomes unnecessary soon. Just don’t let the time kill you before then.