I realized that I have not had to stop on the way home from market for a nap in a couple of weeks. Nearly every day on my way home, I would pull into a parking lot or a gas station, put the seat back, and snooze for ten or fifteen minutes. It was serious, since I would find myself starting to fall asleep at the wheel and knew I had to stop or risk a serious accident.
So what has changed? I have help! I always blamed the sleepiness on things like the drone of the car, or boredom behind the wheel, never on exhaustion. But I think that is what it was. Kayla is here now, starting her fourth week of working here. She works around 30 hours a week, sometimes less, sometimes more, depending on if she is on the milking schedule or not.
Yesterday I had to leave to get chicken feed and to pick up half a pork at the locker, so Kayla was here by herself. I left her with a few small jobs, told her to stay busy as long as she could since she is not milking this week. When I got home, both of my wood boxes were filled to the brim, the fires were both going (I usually come home to a bit of a chill and fires that have burned down to some coals), all of the dirty utensils from the soap room were cleaned up and put back in place. What a nice feeling! When I got home, I had to unload 300 lbs. of chicken feed, but that was it. No fires to rebuild, no wood to haul in for the night. I left the 85 pounds of pork in the car until after Kate and I had supper, and then she helped me bring that in. I feel absolutely pampered and spoiled!
I think I know why I no longer need a nap on the way home. It is good to have help here, and Kayla is a jewel! No job too big or too small for her. :)