The focus of this goal right now is my greenhouse ... are you all SURE you're not tired of hearing about this yet? My old self would have long ago packed this up and moved onto something else, convinced that it was finished enough for now, though there are lots of little bits left to do. As difficult as it is for me, I am forcing myself to stick with it so I can close the door on a finished project before moving onto something else.
In order to do this without being too hard on myself, I am breaking down the remaining unfinished bits into small jobs that can be finished and checked off the list. Yesterday's project ... the ceiling fan. With the new propane tank installed and the heater running at night, the ceiling fan is absolutely essential to get the expensive hot air off the ceiling and circulating among the plants where it belongs.
I avoid ladders and electricity when I can, so The Husband (who doesn't mind ladders and actually understands and enjoys electrical challenges) worked on this with me.
(Look at this piece of literature from inside the fan box. The fan was made in China, but don't they have spell check there?)
Fan installed, awaiting its blades ... and stapling that pesky wire into place.
Action shot. The blades are on, the fan works perfectly ... still need to staple that wire.
As we were finishing, my dad surprised us by coming by to wish us a Happy New Year, and to bring us two bottles of German wine he found at Aldi. Thank you, Daddy!
With the fan in place and operational, The Husband left me to put away the tools and continue with my To Do list. Next item on the list ... weather stripping and caulk. With 40+ windows in this greenhouse, each one of them has the potential to leak air if they are not sealed around the edges. I spent the last hour of daylight caulking small openings and stuffing varying sizes of foam backer rod into the larger ones. In that time, I finished one wall ... and I was pleased with the day's accomplishments.
The 'old' Me wants the excitement of starting something new ... learning a new skill, or having a new 'whatever' to work on. The 'new' Me knows that this habit has gotten me into the state I'm in now, and my goal is to put an end to it. When I start something (which won't be for a very long time), I will finish it 100% before moving on to the next thing. This doesn't mean that I won't have multiple balls in the air at once ... I couldn't possibly change THAT drastically ... but I will be more conscious of what I have going on, more thrifty with my time, and I will work toward a life with less chaos.
... and I dream that one day I will be able to find whatever it is I'm looking for without having to call out a search party ... this may have to be a goal for another year.
Happy New Year, Everyone!