It has been an interesting week, being house-bound at the farm. Yup, not darkened the doors nor gone outside the property in nine days.
Why? You may be asking yourself. When you live in the country, as I am finding out, it is different. For a start our garage is not attached or near our house – we have a winding path to get there, and right now, an extremely icy one.
So navigating my way to the car is the first scary step. Then there’s the driveway – again a long, ice-coated hazard to be overcome. Now some braver souls, like my husband, will just get on with it, gingerly making their way to their car.
I, on the other hand, am paranoid about falling. With reason.
Unfortunately I have a poor track record of staying upright on ice and snow and have succumbed to several falls resulting in broken bones. Even when I first came to Canada and was learning to cross country ski, the instructor advised that I just take the skis off as I kept falling.
So bottom line, I am nervous, to say the least.
My week of hibernation has been interesting however. Here’s what I have discovered:
- I got a lot of work done as I was not distracted by meetings.
- I don’t have to meet people face-to-face to have an effective meeting – Zoom works well.
- We offered our breakfast event online rather than having people make the treacherous drive to meet in person.
- On the home front, I got quite inventive in terms of meals, using what I had to create dinners and trying new recipes.
- I can bake. (Totally shocked my kids when I shared that I’d baked some yummy muffins.)
- When you live in the country, it is good to have a freezer full of food.
- By the end of the week, I missed fresh fruit, my go-to snack.
- Receiving photos from friends who are enjoying their time down south was irritating.
- Note to self – February is a good time to escape our Canadian winters.
- My husband can grocery shop. Basics only. Let’s not go overboard.
All told, I am surviving. But enough.
Lessons learned, let’s get back to life as I know it.
Company of Women
I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.