I had a long To Do list for this summer. I had great visions of getting things done. Of accomplishing great painting and decorating feats. Of finally being somewhat caught up on the house stuff. I was going to get all of this done on the days we relaxed at home. The boys would be off playing their videos games (at least I’m in touch with reality in parts of my life) and I would be painting away, creating a new home feel with little expense and a whole lot of elbow grease.
The Living Room…
I was going to start with the living room. Remember it was supposed to have been done in January, but somehow June had rolled around and I hadn’t even bought the paint to get started. And in all fairness, I did start painting the fireplace. It’s big and it’s about 75% completed.
You see, I ran out of paint 3 weeks ago and haven’t made it to the store to buy more. My supplies are still laid out right in front of it so it appears like I have good intentions on finishing it up soon. Sadly, the original paint color was beige so there’s a glaring difference in what I’ve painted so far and what’s left to be painted, but the bright white paint looks really pretty!
I hate unfinished projects. Have I told you that, once or twice before? So this is driving me a little bit nuts.
And while I was painting the fireplace, I realized the ceiling would need to be painted before I could start on the walls. And the trim and doors will need at least 2-3 coats of white paint to cover up the old beige. I know this for a fact since we painted the office ourselves back in November. It was a Chore… with a capital C, but it looked so much brighter and cleaner once it was finished and I’m sure the living room will too if it ever gets done.
And The List Continues…
I was also going to paint the kitchen cabinets. Yes, I hear you gasping. I assure you they are still okay. They’re still in their original, stained wood condition and it looks like they will be staying that way for quite some time. I was also going to paint the master bathroom including the cabinets before moving onto the master bedroom.
Illusions of Grandeur
Yes, you see I had illusions of grandeur or maybe I just thought we had 72 hours in each day during the summer or maybe I just wasn’t thinking at all when I came up with that list.
I had forgotten the boys had to eat 16 times each day. They’re growing. A lot. So 16 times really isn’t much of an exaggeration.
I forgot about the mountain of laundry, the dog needing to be walked, the lazy days at the pool, working out, and the extraordinary amount of time it takes to go anywhere with the kids in tow.
I had always assumed errands would get easier as the boys got older and in a way they have. I no longer have to hold their hands in the store, worry about meltdowns or items being picked off the shelf and whizzed down the aisle just for the fun of it.
I don’t have to worry about snacks and naps before heading out on an errand or anything else like that. Nope, nothing like that. What I seemed to have forgotten was how mentally exhausting the incessant chatter can be, the mental stamina it takes to get through the funny and sometimes off-color jokes without losing my cool, and the non-stop political and Pokemon debates.
I haven’t figured out if I prefer talking politics or Pokemon more. They both make about the same amount of sense to me at the moment. Maybe Pokemon Pikachu can run for president. We could use a new candidate.
After we finally get home from the gym, the pool, the store, or whatever, all I want to do is to sit in a quiet room and read a book that requires absolutely no brain power on my part. That’s it. Nothing more. I don’t want to do the laundry much less drag out all of my paint stuff and commence painting.
The hubs told me a couple of weeks ago not to waste my summer doing these projects. He told me to relax and enjoy the summer and to work on the house when school starts back and my days aren’t so chopped up.
God bless him.
Isn’t he the best?
I love he has his priorities straight and realizes how precious these short summer months are for all of us. I love that he can reel me in and make me realize that things will get done when they get done. That there’s no need to hurry. That we don’t have a time limit or expiration date to get these things done. And he’s right, you know.
So now we’re working with the revised Summer To Do List. Things will get done when they get done. I have done a few small (very small) paint projects which I’ll post about when I get a chance, but the last couple of weeks have been a little crazy with the boys being in camp and me having to drive all over God’s green earth to get them there and back each day.
Hope ya’ll have a great weekend! The boys and I will be off to visit the grandparents and some old friends next week, but I’ll check in when I have a chance!