Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The To-Do List

Well if it seems I was MIA the last few days, it was because I was buried under all my grand plans for the weekend.  Then I went to post Tuesday morning and had trouble with my photos, and finally had to give up and go to work.  GRRRR!

But here’s my story of my long weekend, the one I was so anxiously looking forward to. Ha!

My Weekend Plan…

Three days off in a row, WOW!  Heaven, right?  Think of all the projects that can be done in 3 whole days of uninterrupted work time.

Well, that’s if you aren’t A.D.D. with projects, like I am.

I get the grandest plans and of course start a list.

Do you do lists?

I can’t seem to function without one.

Even though I generally ignore it and start a million other things instead.  I have to have a list.  Normally the list is intended to be completed in one day. 

This is what the list looked like by the end of the day Monday.


Day 1, Saturday

I grab a piece of paper, an envelope will do.

Start thinking of what I want to get done today.

I should begin with the yard work, once that is all done I can work on my fun stuff.

Shouldn’t be too bad, I can knock this all out today. 

Sounds good, right?

Then I do something not on the list.

Like go shopping with my daughter –in-law for fabric to reupholster her wing back chairs. (no, I am not doing the chairs, she wants them finished in her lifetime!)

She needs the fabric today, the guy who is doing the job wants her to bring it by this afternoon.

So we shop at Jo-Ann Fabrics.  While there I also find some outdoor fabric I like and decide I will recover the cushions on the furniture in the gazebo.  (this weekend, of course, uh huh, right)


Then we stop at the garden center and pick out some flowers for her Monogrammed footboard sign.  The sign is up and they will be edging, weeding, and planting tomorrow. (I’ll get some pics to post soon)

Drop her off and hang out a while with them, going over their weekend fix up plans.   Then I stop at another garden center on my way home, this time to buy plants for my planters.  Too many plants as usual.

By now it’s late afternoon and nothing has been crossed off the list yet.

Manage to barely get a start on things before nightfall.


This wasn’t on the list, but I planted my tipsy pots.

Day 2, Sunday

I review the list the next day and feel terribly guilty that only one or two things could be checked off.

Time to get cracking on the list for real!

Nothing else gets done until this list is complete!

Yada, yada, yada…….blah blah blah



Move windows from behind shed to prepare it for moving.


Clean out shed and surrounding area.


Hide windows behind this strategically placed shutter screen.




Move dirt from vegetable garden to prepare for the shed move to that spot.


Prepare foundation for shed, make sure it’s level.


When Mike gets home we try to move the shed, just the 2 of us.


With this one handcart.  Guess what?  It isn't happening.


We call my son and a neighbor to come over to give us a hand.


Tada!  Shed is moved!  You are now looking at the future site of my vegetable garden!  The last site didn’t get enough sun.  Oops.  Poor planning on that one.


Can’t wait to get this shed prettied up.  But that isn’t on the list today, and so will have to wait it’s turn…..

A couple more things checked off, Yay!

And one thing finally crossed off the summer project list on my sidebar! (Move small shed)

We celebrate by going out to dinner with my son and daughter in law.

Not such a bad day after all.


Day 3, Monday

Review list.

What?  Less than half done?  That was all supposed to be taken care of by now.  I’ve got other things to do today!

Sigh, got to get this stuff done.  It’s officially summer now and the yard is not even ready.


Weeded the rainbow garden and the fence along the peony line.

Then mulched.


Moved the Door planters. ( I had put them up last weekend and  placed them too far away from the fence) Made up the hanging baskets and put up.  I saw this door idea at a local garden shop and just had to use it in my yard.


Can’t forget a basket for the window planter.  Still need to mount the birdhouse on the front of the roof line.  Looks like the chain needs to be lengthened on that basket too.



Edged and mulched and planted the left side.   Need something inside the window planter, at the bottom.  Gotta think on that one.

Did not get to edge the right side.

By this time I was exhausted and overheated!

Took a very long break and sat in the Gazebo.

Crossed stuff off the list with great satisfaction.

Still more needs to be done before nightfall.

So what do I do?

I make a new list of the stuff to do in the next couple hours.


Yeah, you can see that worked out really well.


Wagon, needs planting!  Currently being used as a catch all.


Wagon, planted.  Hopefully the terra cotta pot will be covered soon and it won’t clash with the red anymore.  Keep your fingers crossed.


Relocated dresser to side of entry,  it was over by the door planters, but I thought it was too crowded there.  This was another project I had put together the weekend before.


Mulched flower bed.  Hmmm, maybe I should have touched up the paint too?  Wish those tulip leaves would hurry up and die off so I can cut them down. 

Night came and not a moment too soon, as I was bushed!  Never did finish the lists, but I can plug away on the rest during the week after I get home from work.

Just last night I dug and planted the rest of the bushes, and started on the raised bed for the vegetable garden..but that’s another post!

Oh, and the projects in the garage?  Most of them are still sitting there, waiting for me to come back and finish.  And no, Mike is not happy!

Gotta go now, it’s trash day somewhere!



  1. You crack me up! I think you just described my life :-) I always have the best intentions but almost always seem to get sidetracked.

    Your yard looks beautiful! What is holding the doors up?

    Have a pretty day!


  2. I am a list maker! I do also have to 'revise' my lists so I can cross things off and not feel overwhelmed! You did get a lot done!!

  3. I am exhausted just reading the post, I can only imagine how tired you were! You got a lot done. I love your yard and all of your planters. I have now ADDED things to my list. Thanks so much for that ;) Where do you get all of your plants that you use? Are you curb shopping for those too?

  4. I never make to do lists, cause I don't ever get to mark anything off. Talk about add... I jump around from one thing to another.
    What you DID get done looks great! I love the doors, the window planter, and the wagon! so cute, oh yeah and the flower bed! hahah
    great job, my friend!

  5. Wow Rose... It looks like you got alot done!! I'm glad the weather held up for you!! You have so many cool things to work with! Great job!!

    Kendra @ Creative Ambitions

  6. I only make list for the things I need to buy: ie: paint, stain, flowers, etc. I also make a list of how to make things....

    I very rarely make list of to do...

    I must say: I am SO in love with your yard! I gasp at every single picture. I must ask this: how do you get the doors to stand up on it's own? I NEED to know so I can do one for my yard! :)

    Thanks for sharing and I love your blog!!


  7. You have the cutest ever planters!!

  8. Your yard looks beautiful. I love the vining geranium. I had some years ago but haven't been able to find anyone who sells it here. I wonder if it can be grown from seed?

  9. HA!! I'm a list person too!! I think I managed to get about 3 things done this weekend!! I have to say what you did do looks great! ;)

  10. Your yard looks great!

    And, I too am wondering...

    how do the doors stay up?

  11. Rose love your garden... I love those doors and wondered also what is holding them up.

    Wow you have been one busy lady... don't you love 3 day weekends... it is a pleasure to go back to work for a

    Glad to see you back... I was having withdrawals.

    Hugs, Deb

  12. I have the same question as Kelly, how did you get those doors to stand up in your garden? I love that. Yep, I'm a list maker too although it doesn't always help me. Those green shutters are awesome by the way.

  13. Love what your yard looks like, I too have one bed that isn't even ready for summer. I went to several yard sales over the weekend and was trying to look at things and how I could repurpose them, I think it's going to take time and more blogging then I might be able to think with that mindset. The other part that is difficult is that I try to get only what I KNOW I will use at yard sales, etc. and with repurposing do you always know what you are going to do with something you pick up??

  14. Geez, I'm tired just from reading that! Take a break, for God's sake! You're making the rest of us look bad;)
    Every once in a while I find an old list (there are so many). There are usually a whole lot of things NOT crossed off, but amazingly they have been done (it only took 6 months to get there!). It's pretty fun to cross them off even after 6 months!


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