Looking back it’s hard to believe I’ve been off for five months. Hard to believe at this point I have to actually go back to work. Except for not doing any writing (still brain dead) I accomplished everything on my list and can go back to work not regretting my use of this gift of time. As I worked through my list other things were added, priorities changed, the weather interfered, my ambition wavered, and sometimes I had to just rest and recover from lots of hard work.
I finished several projects that have been ongoing, the oldest of which was a rock path along the fence, as a weed prevention and fire break. Carrying buckets of rocks down around behind the house, on a hill, was not an exciting project but having it done almost brings me to tears! My supervisor approved of my work. I’ve included before and/or in progress pics and completed pics:
I finished a second gate and got it hung. These gates are of no use whatsoever, I made them because I was given the wood and I think they’re cute 😊
I refinished a glider/swing I was given about four years ago, and, after much aggravation, it’s pretty and functional again!
I redid my rock waterfall, leaking somewhere, probably when rearranged by dogs looking for chipmunks hiding out in there. It’s back now to making a lovely sound. The birds love it and in no time at all a toad was escaping the summer heat in it!
Then there was the doghouse. Ugh. I had issues with the roof a couple years ago and have been thinking ever since how to fix it. The smart thing to do would have been to fix the old roof but, no, I threw it away before I realized how challenging a new one would be. It doesn’t look like much but, believe me, it was a learning experience and I like the look!
The worst of the projects, thankfully finished now, was staining the beams in the dormer I had added over the front door ten years ago. It’s amazing how physical and challenging it was to be up on a ladder (two kinds actually, getting me to different heights and corners) between beams and reaching far and high without making a mess on me or anything else that stain could have dripped or slung on. Blech. But now it’s off my list!
I can go back to work now not stressing over a to-do list. I’m sure by next summer I’ll have a list of chores to keep me busy but for now I can focus on the health and safety of me and my bus kids. Wish me luck!