This weekend I chose the staying-home-and-getting-things-done side of the tradeoff vs being social. I'm naturally a task-oriented person (as opposed to a relationship oriented person), so this choice fit my nature. My social options were things I was going to have to force myself to do anyway - large parties where I only knew a person or two. As soon as I gave myself permission to not be social this weekend, things got really good. The weather was wonderful and I got a totally rude amount of things done.
I planted more basil, melon, zucchini, squash, more tomatoes. Now everything I've started is planted. The only thing left to plant is the fig tree I bought last week. Don't judge - I LOVE figs. Yes, I know figs don't do well in anything less than zone 7 and I'm at zone 5b. That's why it's not planted yet. I have to figure out what fantastically creative thing I'm going to do to keep this guy alive so it can make figs for me.
Today I re-arranged parts of the kitchen, which involved taking something apart and putting it back together, hours later.
AND - this is the big one, even though I'm not doing the work - logger dude brought his carpenter friend over and they framed in my new woodshed (with a 6-foot extension for the ATV and lawnmower). What you see here is 4 hours of work for them, that would have taken me infinity hours more than that.
Now, even though I have 3 more gallons of milk and was planning on making more cheese - I think I'm going to give myself permission to stop working. Take a shower and sit in the shade with a book and some hard cider.
PS - the other big project that I think I've got covered is that I think I've found the guy I'm going to hire to build a big shed/barn thing to house the animals and hay for the winter. I think I'll skip spending money on a new-to-me sofa this year in favor of getting this thing built.
Last summer I looked forward to months of big projects, trying to do stuff myself. This summer I've smartly found other people to do the big projects, and am instead looking forward to small projects. The relief is incredible.
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