Off The Grid

Living off the Grid on a west coast island

probably behind me


When my mother retired in her sixties, she removed “learn to speak french” off of her to-do list. She wanted to add “learn to use a computer” and something had to go. The list after all can only be so long or it becomes unmanageable. To this day, at ninety-three she has her tablet with her at all times to check her emails, get her BBC updates or research a new prescription.

I, on the other hand can’t seem to shrink my to-do list… Not yet sixty I feel there is always hope for everything currently on the list and there seems to be endless additions. I am so easily distracted from scheduled tasks….

Yesterday, after quilting  as I headed to the garden I could hear the baby flicker in the nest above the driveway. She was calling to her Mom and seemed impatient for her lunch. I sat on the mossy rock beneath the pillar and tried to get a picture. After Mom fed her,  a second head peaked out the two babes had a little cuddle.            DSCN9586 DSCN9600


Then I went to the garden to tackle the to do list there… But three Crossbills arrived. I couldn’t help but spend the rest of the afternoon visiting with them… They are beautiful.             DSCN9657


Easily distracted my to-do list has no chance of reducing, by accomplishment. The only chance to reduce the list is to follow my Moms example and take a few items off  which have become extremely unlikely. Sure I could take “learn to speak French”  off to make some room but I am not ready to throw in the towel… So I am going  to remove  “beat Stephi Graf in singles” ……. I am thinking my days of perhaps winning Wimbledon are

probably behind me

Author: Off Grid Islanders

We are a retired couple living on an off grid island on the West Coast

2 thoughts on “probably behind me

  1. I just love the Flickers, so colourful in flight. I’ve never been lucky enough to see a nest though. Thanks for sharing that photo.

  2. I have struggled with lists for years. I would have a list for each day and if I didn’t finish the stuff on the list I would feel dissatisfied. I sometimes made lists in categories, like List of Things to do this summer, or Boat List or Spring cleaning chores. So I stopped that. I’ve tried to keep a list in my head but that doesn’t work because my memory is like a sieve. Then I thought about lists of wants and lists of needs. That seems to work, so each morning at breakfast I make a list of what I NEED to do, like pay the credit card or set out the traps for the mice/voles who are eating my bean plants, etc. The wants come all by themselves and I rarely feel dissatisfied at the end of the day.

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