It is that time of year around here that we all feel an urgency. You hear phrases like ‘before the snow flies’ and ‘before the weather turns’ as a lot as people get serious about getting all their outdoor tasks finished before winter. While it’s true that we may not see snow until November or December, anytime after mid-October is fair game so the month from mid-September to mid-October is the time when we all have to put things to bed outside lest we be caught off-guard by an early snowfall.
My outdoor chore list has been piling up for… oh, about 8years. Having kids will do that to the chore list of a stay-at-home mum — there is always something more important (and let’s face it, more fun) to do than outside chores with little ones around. With both kids in school full-time this fall though, the time has come to pay the piper. Slowly, but surely I am making some progress on my behemoth list. This week I managed to weatherize our deck & spent hours scrubbing mildew off of our front porch. I’m afraid the porch was long overdue for weatherproofing & is in a spot that rarely sees the sun. I’m hopeful that the third scrubbing this morning does the trick & that I can weatherproof Monday or Tuesday. I also scraped the paint off the trim of our shed so that I can repaint it. This involved getting onto the roof & hanging over to scrape 2 sides of the eaves. And I didn’t fall off once. Yay! Most impressive so far (to me anyway) though is that I managed to remove & replace some of the trim that was rotten. I cut wood boards — including two mitered edges — that actually fit back into place. On the first try. I don’t believe it either, so here’s some proof.
What this means for my knitting life is that I don’t have much of one. I’ve got a weekly knitting date with a friend and I’ve been attending the Friday morning open knitting event at Firefly Fibers. It helps me to not be consumed and overwhelmed by the Mt Everest of a list of outdoor tasks I’ve accumulated. At home, I steal an hour here, 10minutes there. Whenever I can squeeze in a row or two, I do. I propel myself forward with this:
I will name it ‘The Taunting Pile.’ It is the stack of things I really want to get at, but have forbidden myself to touch until I finish up my current sweater, Deco. Speaking of….
It doesn’t look like much for all the rolling edges & scrap yarn and needles hanging off of it, but it is knitting up wonderfully & looking lovely. You can take my word for it. I finished up the main body & fronts, and just began the upper back. I only have to finish up the back, the sleeves and the button band. Not too bad considering I’ve been busy & I only started 13 day ago. As usual, I think my row here, row there approach seems to be working just fine. Maybe I will get to my pile of goodies sooner than later!
Of course, when not working outside or knitting there is this.