>This is the pre-event version of the classic “What I Did This Summer” essay.
I have a huge list of what I need to get done this summer. One of the main reasons I needed to leave the sonlight forums for a season is because I spend wayyyy too much time there. How I’m supposed to keep from spending too much time here, I don’t know, but in an effort to keep myself on track I thought the first thing I’d do is write down what I want to accomplish this summer in the tons of time I’m not sitting on my butt in front of my computer anymore.
Yes, it is true. The very first thing I’m going to do in my efforts to cut down on computer time is sit here in front of my computer and write this list. (Can you say ironic? I knew you could.)
I have the camera battery charging and later today I plan to add “before” pictures to each of these projects. That way when I post the “after” pictures I can brag to myself about my accomplishments and finally have something to show to my husband to account for my time.
We have a two car garage, a separate cottage with its own one car garage and a shed behind that. Stuff is crammed everywhere in these three storage areas. Too much stuff. My daughter had a winter-themed wedding and due to snow and cold and extreme emotional exhaustion on my part all her wedding stuff is still stacked shoulder high in the two car garage. For the same reasons, Christmas got dumped in the one car garage and litters the shed, too. One of our cats got locked in the shed for a week and shredded and peed on everything and I need to get out there and deal with that. My dd’s room, with its wildly orange faux panted walls and blue/purple trim, still sits empty 5 months after she’s gone. It looked exotic when she lived in it, now it just looks…..empty and gaudy.
Remains from our various home improvement projects are dumped in piles everywhere. I’d like to enter the second half of my life in control of my stuff. I’d like to be able to walk into the garages and my daughter’s bedroom without feeling sick to my stomach with avoidance anxiety. It isn’t going to happen if I don’t face it and do it.
I’d like my daughter’s room to be a beautiful French Country guest room with two twin iron beds and a pretty dressing table where I can apply all the various creams and potions that my 46yo skin demands to keep it looking dewy and young. I’d like my garage to be a place I can park my car. I’d like to stop stumbling over Christmas and I’d like to be able to go into my shed without reeling from the stench of cat piss.
- Rip off baseboards and trim
- take down ceiling fan or wrap it for painting
- prep walls and ceiling
- rip out carpet
- lay down laminate flooring (Honey?)
- new baseboards and trim (Honey?)
- Sort through wedding stuff
- Call Lily’s and see if they still want centerpieces
- drywall & paint
- replace burnt out flourescents
- repair floor and paint
- put up shelving
- move and install tool bench from one car garage
Organize Christmas stuff and store
Organize one car garage
- install shelving for food storage bins
- order food storage bins
- organize food storage
- replace burnt out flourescents
Clean out back shed
- Go through books
- sell old curriculum and hs supplies or box for grandchildren
- go through art and either use or discard
- reorganize garden supplies
- sort through house project materials
Finish Cottage House
- replace old broken outlet
- replace burnt out lightbulbs
- put on draft protectors at bottom of doors
- put up sheers and art
- Paint (?)
- frame record album covers
- put in herbs
- plant back flowerbed
- put in drip hose for hydrangeas
- Restain and seal front porch
Well, that’s it for now. I’ve got a lot to do.