This week's chosen prompt in
What did not get accomplished this summer that you wish you had time for?
I am a keeper of to-do lists.
I have a paper planner with lists, a daily app with a to-do list, an app that lets me keep track of long range plans by category... I mark things off one or two or three of my lists at a time as I accomplish them, but I am also constantly adding new things on.
Basically, this means I set myself up for failure all the time.
I never get to the point where everything I want to accomplish is done, because I can always think of something else I want or need to do.
Let me give you a recent(ish) example.
And it was a fine shed, but it was fairly boring, so I painted it to match my house (yes, my house looks like something out of Whoville) and then it looked like this:
And I liked it ever so much better.
Then last spring, I decided I just had to have an herb garden, so on the sunny side of my shed I created this:
And I think at that point, it became a PROJECT in my mind. This was a space that was totally mine and totally for me, and I could make it the most colorful, the most outrageous, the most whimsical thing that I could dream up.
And that was going to be my "outside" project for this summer, which is not to be confused with my "inside" project, or my "blogging" project, or my "photo" project, or my "sewing" project, or my "I use too many quotation marks" project.
It started off brilliantly.
At the beginning of the summer, I got the other small side done to suit me:
And then I created some AH-DOR-A-BLE mushrooms to jazz up the front.
Then I put a plan in place to conquer the back side of the shed, which was a blank canvas that was just waiting to be painted and bedazzled and made to look for all the world like it belonged anywhere other than backyard suburbia, Kentucky.
I poured over Pinterest, came up with a dozen brilliant ideas, and then...
Nothing at all has happened since then.
Every time I open my To-Do app, "FINISH SHED PROJECT!" stares back at me, mocking me.
But it's still out there in my mind and on my many, many lists, so I haven't totally forgotten. And I haven't given up.
And at some point, it WILL be done and I will be able to mark it off my list. With conviction.