I am a big list-maker. But as we’ve discussed before, I may not be proficient in the most USEFUL kinds of list-making: the kind that actually spell out your tasks for the day. Today, in typical over-achiever fashion, my list said this:
Pressure washer (code for: rent one; use it on all external surfaces of the house; borrow a ladder from somewhere to get up high).
Wash windows (code for: all of them. Inside and out. We have three floors with TONS of windows).
Edge beds (we have nearly three-quarters of an acre, and much of it is landscaped with perennial beds…all of which need edging. NEW edging. Not clean-up edging).
Mulch beds (see above).
There was something else on it, but I forget what. Because this list embodies what should be, oh, three or four days worth of work.
But you know what? Turns out that when you stop worrying about how ridiculously over-ambitious the list is and just DO things, things get done. It’s startling.
I suppose this is kin to being in the moment…just embracing the work before us without trying to strategize a better way or bundle chores for greater efficiency. We just DID it. And loved it. And we’re amazed by how beautiful the house looks now.
There’s a subtext here about stewardship…one of my chronic self-disappointments is not taking good enough care of the wonderful things I have. (And Len’s laid-back attitude doesn’t always help, if you see what I mean.) But it seems that actually DOING things is far easier and less stressful than worrying about getting it done. (And of course we didn’t do it ALL, but we did a great deal and it feels delicious.) Who knew?
(I know. You did. Whatever, smarty-smarterson.)
Even better was that our post-cleaning, post-mulching, post-mowing trip to the garden for kale for dinner involved a little spell of flower-picking, too, and Ezra wanted to carry them all into the house. He knows how to take care of their tender stems, he says. And then we made three bouquets which are gorgeous, and then Ezra said we had to have a Celebration at dinner. Because of the flowers. To celebrate the flowers. So we did. My heart is smiling all the way down to my toes.