Some days I just have to remind myself to relax . . . slow down . . . breathe . . . and stop believing that I am Wonder Woman and I can and should get everything done right now. Except, that there are quite a few things that really do need to be done right now, so it is hard to choose unless something is really shouting quite loudly, “DO THIS RIGHT NOW!”
As we have been working on painting and redecorating our “new to us” home, I’ve found myself feeling rather annoyed that I can’t just get every room painted, reorganized, and tidy all in one day. And then there is the yard – we’ve worked on it as we have been able to this spring and summer, but now it is heading into autumn and there is still so much we want to do.
We want to get the outside storage shed painted yet this summer, and the flower gardens need to be weeded and a few more landscape blocks put in place, and there is a section by the driveway that is bricked to keep rainwater running away from the house that needs to be leveled – but it really is about all we can do just to keep the lawn mowed once a week!
We’ve made great progress on the inside projects, with the studio completely painted and one bedroom finished. This week we’ve been working on stripping wallpaper (YUCK!) from the half bath and hope to get that painted and put back together this weekend. Then the next project is to paint the big living room. That is going to be a pretty big project so we bought a paint sprayer – that should make it go faster, but we still have to move all of the furniture out into the garage and tape everything off. Makes me tired just thinking about it!
But the good news that I keep trying to remember is that once all this ugly wallpaper is gone, it is GONE. For good. In the future if we decide to paint a room a different color, that’s all we’ll need to do is paint. This other messy stuff really wears me out! I’m trying not to get frustrated with myself when I am tired. But I’m not very good at that, and always think I should be able to do it all, yesterday, and as Ginger Rogers said, “backwards and in high heels.” That’s how women have to dance, you see, so she was explaining why women are actually better dancers than men who get to dance forwards and in regular ol’ flat shoes.
Anyway, that’s how I feel about life sometimes . . . I think I have gotten a few unhealthy messages throughout my life that make me believe it is my responsibility to “fix” every problem, take care of every situation, and make the whole world beautiful. Well, I do try, but I’m also trying to let it be OK if I just can’t get that blasted wallpaper all off TODAY. It will still be there tomorrow – but then, there’s the problem, isn’t it. I don’t want it to still be there tomorrow. Enough philosophy for this Thursday. Guess I better get back to work. Pictures coming soon of some of these projects . . . . today I’m finding joy in my journey. How about you? Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all of the responsibilities on your plate? I’d love to hear how you handle it all. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you can join us this week for the Favorite Things Blog Hop and Linky Party!
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