End of summer should mean sales, closeouts, parties, garden fresh food, start of school and such. In our house, it means hurry up and get all those things done that you meant to do in June.
I don’t procrastinate. I learned early that doing the yucky stuff first gets it out of the way and the beloved husband believes that too. So maybe you can explain this yearly phenomenon of planning the “summer projects” early but doing them late.
Summer is best for projects because the light is better and the day longer. We don’t have to worry about cold air coming in when the door is opened and we can open the windows to help dry things. In this area it’s the only time for outdoor projects.
Last year we redid our living room fireplace wall. It was a dirty job that involved tearing out walls. It took several weeks. Somehow it took longer than we thought and we worked hard to get it done before the fall.
The year before it was the garage floor — right up against the frost dates.
Do you think we learned from that?
This year we had two projects – refinishing the kitchen floor along with the butcher block island top and covering the front porch stoop with brick. Neither one is a big project but both involve moving stuff and upsetting our rather lackadaisical schedule. The kitchen project is especially annoying as I have to keep the cats and humans off the floor. I don’t know which species is harder to manage.
The goal is to finish both before it’s too cold or windy or rainy or whatever or we run out of steam. Somehow the scheduling ended up back-to-back. Lord knows I am too old to do two projects back-to-back! I need unwinding and rewinding. Maybe with a vacation in between.
Here is a list of our excuses. They are honest, valid excuses. Feel free to use them.
- We got a new kitty in May. I was too distracted. (So was the beloved husband but he won’t admit it.)
- I had to blog about the new kitty numerous times.
- I spent a week medicating all the kitties. More blogs.
- June was too rainy. You don’t want to finish floors when it’s rainy and humid.
- There was a detour locally and I had to whine about that ad nauseum! More blogs.
- July was too hot. You need to keep doors and windows open so it can’t be too hot.
- August came too fast. It was just May! We weren’t prepared.
- We had house guests.
- I had to blog about house guests.
Amazingly after I wrote the post about the guests, the planning was done within two days. Supplies were purchased and we were on our way. One project is done and the other is waiting for a material shipment. Maybe we work better up against a deadline — even if it’s a self-imposed deadline.
Or maybe blogging gets in the way…no, can’t be that.
Now about that cushion project from last summer that never did get done. Perhaps I can fit that in during September.