It is the final days of July, once again the month has sped passed. The cicadas are thrumming in the treetops to let me know the season is entering a new phase. It seems like the more I tackle (and even complete), the less I seem to get done! For each task completed, another must remain undone. That is the paradox of making choices. However, getting the garage all cleaned out, stuff to the dump, overgrowth in on section of the yard cut back and more items sorted out is progress. It is just that it is coming at the cost of art time, both mixed media and photography. A fine layer of dust coats my worktable as proof of this. Summer is so fleeting, even the longer days only allow so much to get squeezed in. I say “next week. next week”, and then they pass. I need to get back at the worktable and out with the camera again, even if it means weeds creep back into the lawn.
Autumn days are fleeting. I am busy getting many overdue chores done before the leaves fall. The leaves are winning, but I soldier on. I have tackled the crack repair and sealing of the driveway, only about 25% left before I can pour that sealer on. I have been squeezing in a tiny bit of creative time each week, whether photography or mixed media. Not nearly as much as I would like though. I still have one show to get ready for and plenty of website work to get new pieces up ahead of Christmas. Why is it the chores are not fleeting? Yet they are not. Squeezing in fun time around chores is part of life, but oh how I long to just abandon the chores and hope elves come and do them! For now I will chip away at the chores, and I know I will be very pleased at accomplishing them, and I will take the fun spots as they come. I can always pull off the road to enjoy the view.
The days of August are down to just 5. I still have much to do, but can see items already going over the waterfall and into September. I just find that it is hard to set aside the time for tasks I know could take hours. Not that leaving them undone shortens the time they will take. These are the tasks that require time on the phone getting tech help, just exhausting to contemplate. Meanwhile the tasks that can be broken into bits I am making progress on, albeit slowly. Monday I will set aside the possibly hours I need to spend on the phone. I just have to suck it up and do it. Gird my loins, so to speak. The waning days of August make it a must.
It feels as if I am not gaining on things. Yet I know I am. I am so far behind in blog writing and reading those I follow that I don’t think I will catch up. So I have to start from here, August 2nd and try to get back into the swing of things. The website design is going onto 2nd draft, all my call for entries in for this month and a couple of pieces on the way from the lab. It is just the readings and writing that has gotten short shrift. Hopefully this month it will start to click back into smoother running!
I should have come right in and started cleaning off the work table in the studio today. But I didn’t. I am waiting to hear back on a craigslist free item I am looking to get rid of, and once you get online one thing leads to another and even if the stuff needed doing, time seems to speed by. However, it has only been about 40 minutes so not a lot of time is lost. If I could magically transport the hutch to the first person who replied I would have in a second, making the whole process on my end easier, the arrival of the piece on their end might have been a bit trickier. Anyhow, I am hopeful that I hear back and can get this process completed quickly so I can wrap up all the odds and ends still waiting to be taken care of. Ahh Mondays, wheN the whole week stretches out in front of you for about 2 minutes and then magically fills up and disappears leaving many of the tasks still undone!
Summer has officially begun. I got out early today for a walk and could feel the heat rising off the pavement and bouncing off the buildings even then. But I got out, that is key. Because,as I have mentioned, I have lost days here and there and feel I have to jump on any open time before the season is gone. I have decided to make best use of my Wednesdays means getting up and getting out, leaving chores for some other time. I just recently read Do Over (Jon Acuff) and saw his Do Summer Challenge, 15 minutes a day spent developing or honing a skill. Which is actually a harder thing than it would seem as 15 minutes is both too little for some skills and not quite right for others. But, I will try to do 15 minutes a day of writing as it can fit in nicely in those odd spots of time that appear everyday. If you are interested in trying this go to http://acuff.me/dosummer2015/ and get your sheet so you can get started.