ok...so what do i need as we adjust to me working 2 jobs?
Carol · Jul. 15, 2012
well...it is complicated cuz it depends on a few things like current staffing hours mon-fri, what shift am i working..days or evenings? how many shifts in a row am i working and where are we in the seasonal cycle cuz when the days are long, i have more time but when fall and winter hits barn bedtime changes because it absolutely has to be done before dark.....and as i work 19 out of 21 days, i progressvely will get a bit more tired at the end of each day.
both christine and michelle can help at barn bedtime on sundays but both are new at this so they can't yet be on their own.
in the short term...i need to cover barn bedtime on sunday july 29th cuz i am working an evening shift..dionne if you could do that one with michelle's and christine's help that would be great!
i think if i give you an idea of my rsponsibilities at bedtime settling around here, then folks can offer to fill in where and when they feel most comfortable.
mon-fri the barn and the shop animals are covered by the staff until 5 pm and most sundays when i am on day shift..ichristine and michelle available for help so no extra help is critically needed there.
weekdays i do the shop, mp building and house guys on my own...and on the weekends i add in the barn animals.
here is a list of the pm routines..if anyone can commit to helping in certain areas with certain tasks on certain days. it will take one or more extra loads off of me...
moving barn and chicken yard animals into their specific bedtime areas, giving wills and charlotte a quick outside run..then locking them and everyone else in and handing out their hay and their grains,
walking sam and lea, feeding them canned food and doing their meds, feeding the shop pigs and frsh food and water and covering up the budgies cage in the suite.
quick check of the rabbit room making sure all rabbits and squirt the guinea pig have enough water and food to last til the next day, giving the last watered down soupy cat food feeding to the kidney cats...rock and zsu zsu and flora...check all other cats areas to make sure they have canned food, dry food and water to last the night.
rotate puff and ed outside for a pee, then help out the frail dogs...clean up any accidents, fix up their beds, feed all seven dogs their supper, give sugar her insulin and then settle them on their bed.
let the bedroom/big dog room out for a pee...check their food and water bowls and clean up any mess....bring everyone back in...check the yard for any slow pokes and lock them back in. let benny and jelly out and then the rest of the dogs on that side of the house...clean up any accidents, switch around the laundry and bring them all back in to their right rooms. check the yard for stragglers...check all food and waters. feed angel, griffin and odie and do their insulin shots. give out the bedtime meds and a spoonful of canned to everyone not lucky enough to be on bedtime meds. check the cats in th back cat room that all are well and have enough water and dry and canned food.
then everyone is done for the night as long as no one is ill.
the whole bedtime routine from barn to shop to m building to house, on my own, barring any crises...takes about 2 hours so any help i can get will cut that time way down.
but here is the thing for everyone to keep in mind...by the end of the day, i am pretty much peopled and caregiving out so i just want to get it done smoothly,quickly, peacefully and quietly...not really to chatting and being social..i am just on a straight forward mission to get to it all so my day is done.