We are working on a couple of seemingly endless and overwhelming tasks around our house. The first task (well, actually a whole bunch of smaller projects which is probably what makes it feel so overwhelming!) is painting and updating the inside of our house. We moved in almost two years ago, and the whole time we’ve lived here there has been one thing after another that has made it almost impossible to get anything accomplished. Between the regular busyness of raising two teenage daughters and all of their activities, and the other “regular” stuff that a mom has to do, it seems like I’m always at the end of my day LONG before I’m at the end of my To Do list.
Then there is the ordinary obstacles in life such as winter sickness, limited financial resources, and minimal time because of all the other responsibilities in life – like going to work, paying the bills, doing the laundry, cleaning the house, buying groceries, cooking, and general all-around domestic duties. We have managed to paint a couple of rooms, but there is so much more to do. We need to replace some of the carpeting, lots more painting, replace a few doors, and update some of the light fixtures. Sometimes it seems like it would be easier to live in a tent! But then if you’ve ever gone camping, you know that’s certainly not true!
It can also be rather annoying when you have a TON of computer work to do, on a deadline, and your internet flickers in and out. It’s scary how dependent we’ve become on our computers and being connected to the the universe through the world wide web. I was just thinking about that, because that happened to me just this morning. Which is why I am just now working on this blog post!
The past couple of weekends we have been able to make some progress on painting my sewing room / work space, but that is a HUGE project! In addition to the walls that need to be painted, all of the cupboards were either bare wood, or painted a yucky blue. This room was a wood working shop before we bought the house, so “making it pretty” really was not high on the list of priorities for the previous owners. So far, we have painted two walls and all of the top cupboards. I would really like to work on the bottom cupboards and drawers this week, but I don’t think that is going to happen. First week out of school, and we have a million things to take care of!
The second project (again lots of smaller projects all looming over my head makes it feel really HUGE!) is our yard. Just lots and lots of flower beds to be cleaned up, weeded, and reorganized, along with general clean up from the winter, resetting some bricks in the pathways, cleaning out an overgrown perennial garden in the front of our house. But with all the rain the past couple of weeks, it has been almost impossible to get much done out there.
I also have some ground cover plants that need to be set out, but the ground is still pretty muddy. We did manage to set out the Shasta daisies that my friend Gloria gave me, and we set our four tomato plants. I know. Only four. But that’s all I want to be responsible for this summer. The past couple of summers have been a total loss in terms of my ability to take care of anything other than my kiddos, so I’m a little apprehensive of taking on too much responsibility for other stuff that might require too much of my time and attention.
So . . . that is why I sometimes need to be reminded that, even when I’m feeling overwhelmed, I can do this!
I made this pretty watercolor printable to hang in my sewing room / work shop (if we ever finish painting it!) to help me remember that, whatever it is that I need to do, I can do it. Perhaps you need a bit of encouragement some days, too. I’m going to print this out on a poster-size board and frame it – and then hang it right where I will see it every day just in case I forget. And now, I guess I need to move along and try to get one more of those pesky little things done today before I run out of time and energy. After all, this is a short week – it’s already Tuesday afternoon (actually by now it is evening) and I have miles to go before I sleep. See you tomorrow!