One reason I like farming is that it gives me a sense of accomplishment when I can turn around at the end of a row of cucumbers or a tank of lettuce and say "I just picked that. It's done, at least until the next time." Conversely, the office end of this enterprise resembles Alice's tea party - seemingly unrelated bits of information wander (or barge) into my office and have to be dealt with immediately or risk eternal neglect. The Chesire Cat sits in the background grinning and disappearing and reappearing, and the Mad Hatter natters on about everything and nothing. Pay a bill, another one comes in the mail. Plant seeds, run out of seeds, order more seeds, pay a bill for seeds we ordered 2 months ago. Print pay stubs for an employee who needs a loan to get a car. Allocate money so we can make a payment on our truck. Buy new tires for the tractor, but now we can't afford tires for the truck. Take orders for lettuce to be picked up tomorrow. Then get back to figuring out how to affordably create a trace-back label for all our produce. Pay the media bill online so you can continue to use the internet to pay bills. Like a tangled ball of yarn, it's hard to find the beginning or end of anything. And in the midst of it all, my computer screen keeps blipping off and on, and I have had to reboot the whole thing TWICE!
I can't say that I will have accomplished anything I set out to do this morning. So I am SO GLAD I remembered to plant the beans this morning- I can look at that row and say "finished" -- until next time.