Lately I’ve been struggling to find the energy to do anything around the house/garden. Ordinarily I don’t get a lot achieved during the week and everything gets left to the weekend, only for some reason lately that hasn’t really been working out.
This weekend, however, I had nothing planned so I decided to write myself a to-do list. It didn’t include ‘normal’ activities like cleaning the kitchen (although perhaps it should have, since that didn’t get done), but there were a few things I’ve been meaning to get to for a while but haven’t, like:
- Hanging my clock (it was attached to the wall with a 3M hook, but that didn’t last for long. For about the last two years it’s been sitting propped up on a filing cabinet in the loungeroom instead).
- Remove the filing cabinet from the loungeroom (it got popped there as a temporary measure…again about two years ago. Noticing a theme?).
- Change the lightbulb in the bedroom (it blew about six months ago and I haven’t really cared enough to change it – we have lamps afterall).
- Sort through my clothes to work out what I’m keeping and what I’m donating as part of my end-of-the-month donations.
- Grab the speakers I”m borrowing from my parents for my record player.
- Weed the front steps (also, find a better solution to front steps than bricks with lots of gaps that allow weeds to constantly regrow).
- Trim the branches on my weeping cherry trees.
- Hang up a fly trap.
Sadly only three of the things on that list got done. Those things were all meant to be completed today, but I suspect I’ll be doing more of them tomorrow to try to get the list finished up.
Hanging up a fly trap
This task probably only got completed because it was super-easy to do.
A few days ago when my sister and I were at a big box hardware store buying pavers for my raised garden beds I also picked up a couple fly traps. For reasons completely beyond me there seems to be a mass of flies hanging around my front and back door and I’m sick of them sneaking in every time we go in or out of the house.
Trimming Weeping Cherry
When Nick and I first moved into this house I bought a couple of weeping cherries to plant near the front door because they’re so awesome looking. Unfortunately I’ve never really looked after them properly and they’ve always looked a bit sick. But they’ve also had a tendency to send out non-weeping branches that I’ve been avoiding doing anything about. Today was the day they finally got chopped off!
Of course my mother warned me a while back that I really shouldn’t let the branches get so big because they would ruin the way the tree looks. I didn’t get it, and was all “but I’ll just chop them off. Problem solved!” Yeah, I totally get what she meant now.
Weeding the Front Steps
This one is a big one. I have no idea what these weeds are, but they’re totally taking over my garden at the moment (I always think of them as some sort of caterpillar plant because that’s what their seeds look like). I decided to start at the top of the stairs and work my way down. Apparently that was a mistake because after weeding the first two steps my weeding tool broke (I’d only bought it a few days ago!) putting a halt to that operation. I’ll have to finish the rest after I go and get a replacement tool.
Do you have a ‘weekend to-do list’? How did you spend your day?