MPF Celebrate Life Tour – 10 Days & Counting & We Still Have Monkeys
I bet you’re scratching your head about that title. Years ago when we were drowning in the responsibility of a small business, a friend told me I needed to take those monkeys off my back, and give them to someone else. Meaning of course, I needed to learn to delegate. Over the course of time though, whenever I’m loaded down with a big ” To Do ” list, I have this great visual of all these monkeys swinging around on my back, yanking my hair, flicking my ears, sticking their fingers in my nose, and in general just trying to aggravate me. As I check things off the list, I grab a monkey and send it packing, and then anxiously get started on the next thing, trying to rid myself of those little beasties as soon as possible.
Now that we’ve hit the 10 days and counting point to the Celebrate Life Tour, when I was hoping to have just a few hanging around, there’s still enough of those little suckers left to have a full blown monkey party. Well as they say, no rest for the crazy. Anyway, let me catch you up a little on what’s been going on.
When we first came up with the idea of being gone 3 months, it didn’t seem like it would be all that difficult to put it together, kind of an ignorance is bliss thing. Had we really thought about it, we might have said, ” Nah, way to much work “, and missed out on all this insanity. Things like paying the monthly bills seemed like no big deal, because there’s this wonderful service called E-Banking, sweet. Yeh, that is until your bank tells you it doesn’t work in Canada, WHAT ? Ok, now it’s complicated. Oh, and then there’s your mortgage company that won’t let you do an autopay unless you have a checking or savings account with them. Really. Fortunately, thanks to some very accommodating bankers, I think we have gotten it worked out, but if I happen to send you what turns into a rubber check, I promise it wasn’t intentional. Then there’s holding the mail, no problem right ? No problem if you’re gone less than 30 days, but if you’re gone more than 30 days, yeh, you got a problem.
Yesterday was plant day, and for this I need to back up a minute and give you some background. Sorry, again with the business, but this relates to dealing with stress. As you know, owning or running a business is definitely in the high stress category of daily life, and people deal with it in different ways. Some eat, some drink, some take really strong drugs, and some do all of the above, but for some reason I dealt with it by getting in touch with my inner gardener. I found that caring for plants, primarily orchids, worked as a decompressor, and the number of plants was in direct relationship to the amount of stress. I think you’ve already guessed, that means a whooooole lot of plants. I joined an orchid club, and I went to plant shows, and there wasn’t a meeting or show that I ever left empty handed. Our house is built on a hill, so it has multiple levels, most of which have patios, and we have a large atrium area off the living room, so it’s a great house for plants. Did I take advantage of that ? You betcha. After filling up every nook and cranny that had enough light to accommodate a green one, and reaching my limit on having enough time to tend to them, I finally quit the club, and would not step foot in a plant show knowing that I had no willpower to resist those beautiful flowering plants. Though I have been gifted plants since then, I have not bought any more, but most of them are still alive and under my care. Our normal trips have run around 10 days, and we have been lucky to have house sitters that were kind enough to try and make sure there were no casualties while we were gone. Now, we’re looking at 3 months, and there’s no way, I could ask someone do deal with the work of that many plants, so the only option was to find a home for them outside under the sprinkler system. With the invaluable help of our very good friend Tom, all of them were relocated yesterday to their new home, and what I thought would be a few hours, turned into an entire day, but it’s done, and that monkey’s long gone.
Today is clothes packing day. I’m not sure how this is gonna turn out, I have a hard enough time trying to figure out what to wear to dinner, and now I have to put together 3 months worth. Yikes !
MPF – The Celebrate Life Tour
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