This past weekend we were finally able to put all the doorknobs on the kitchen drawers and cabinets. It’s been a hassle using the drawers and cabinets sans knobs for almost six months, but so it goes.
I think it may be the first of about 101 things that still need to be done to “finish” the house, knowing, of course, that both new and old houses always have ongoing projects. It would be nice to make faster headway on all those tasks, but, as a mentor told me in a work context, “TTT” (Things Take Time).
I’m frequently the culprit of the delays and slow pace, but it was and continues to be really hard working a more-than-full-time-job-and-could-easily-be-two-full-time-jobs-if-I-let-it. Between wage work, non-wage work (errands, chores, cleaning, and the like), and adequate sleep, there isn’t much time left in the day.
We’re trying to tackle these things in bits with the idea that chipping away is a form of progress, even if we can’t get everything done in, say, the next month. But I do hope that we’re able to identify and prioritize some “finishing” details this winter and spring so that less of the summer will be lost to endless house work (but not to be confused with housework). I hope to spend more time this summer in the vegetable garden, canning, hiking, and doing more landscaping.