It’s a tough time of year for me. Spring always means spring cleaning, garden cleaning, painting, fixing little things that I’d pushed off because the weather had been ugly for so long. But the weather has now turned, (evidenced by my sunburn today), and that meant buckling down and getting some chores done.
This last week I cleaned the closets and pulled together several big bags of stuff to go to charity My fruit trees have been trimmed, my winter dead-fall has been cleaned out and a load has been taken to the dump. The first of several loads I have lined up to go to the dump.
So far this spring, I have painted the interior walls in my home, had the cement fixed out in the front of the house, and I am now painting the outside fence. It’s not a small fence, and covers four sides of my property. It’s also hot out today. This is not one of my favorite projects.
There’s another reason why I’ve been focusing on getting some of these items off my To Do list – my laptop is in for repairs – and I’m struggling to live without it. I do have a desktop I share with my kids. That is not the same as having my own laptop back. I love to write. And when I can’t – I feel stifled. Out of sorts. Lost if you will.
I have been doing a little writing – I have an old AlphaSmart 3000 that I have been using in small spurts to keep my word count climbing. I did finish a novella this way and am working on a second one right now.
So as long as my laptop is missing, I’m limping along with my writing and knocking these home improvements off my plate as fast as I can. I still have the deck to redo – but I hope my laptop is back long before I get to that point.
There is one good thing about the mindless drudgery of all these projects, is that my mind gets to flow freely – and that’s a good thing! Ideas for new books and twists on old ones are popping up all over the place.
Who knew that drudgery could inspire creativity!
What projects are on your To Do list?