I tend to break the seasons down by my calendar, summer starting the first day after school ends, and summer ending the day after Labor Day. Summer for me then is 86 days, the July 21st/22nd weekend being the official midpoint of summer. I'm not impressed with how I have used my time yet. We've had many grad parties and a family event, and just a few days at the cabin. Granted, that has been my choice while I intentionally have given myself a bit of distance, but also DD2's job and her being gone the first two weekends of summer dampened my wanting to be there without her. Really though, I haven't used my down time to the best extent so far.
My feeling like I haven't used enough of summer yet is not all because of the fun factor. I've been less than productive at home as well. Several projects remain incomplete, and to say incomplete, means still sitting on a list on a notepad! I'm happy I put some time into my book, but this blog has been very "meh" and I apologize for that. Yet, there is no time like the present to turn things around and pick up momentum for the second half of summer. Not wanting to bite off more than I can chew, but needing to at least commit, here are ten things I want to declare done by the time I go to bed on Sunday, July 22nd.
- Paint the family room and finish the touches left undone with the walls
- Pull apart the entry hall storage cubes, hall tree, and bench, purge, clean scrub under and behind and reassemble
- Dejunk the junk drawer and the bakers rack drawers in kitchen, declutter bakers rack
- Empty and purge every cupboard in my kitchen, plus freezer, pantry, and refrigerator.
- Get caught up with birthday cards and gifts from late spring and summer
- Renew my URL for the cooking blog, still lingering in idea stage.
- Read one book for fun and select a new title for follow-up
- Work on the book at least four hours and at least some of that in each of the two weeks
- Get out with my camera at least twice, add a little interest to the blog
- Summer cocktails and morning coffee on the deck-let's aim for at least three times each
It's a mix of work and self investment. the list is long, and may not be accomplished. By listing them here, perhaps you can all give me pokes over the next two weeks.