Monday (day 18) was mostly a failure. I did a couple hours no computer in the morning which let me do a lot of straightening up – the weekend messes, the piled up receipts, the four days of dishes all got dealt with. The moment I turned on my computer, however, all productivity stopped. I did very little all day, managing to start dinner at 6pm – a time when we’re normally finishing eating. M was running late however and our sliders were coming out of the oven just as he was pulling in the driveway so it seemed like I did something.
Tuesday, in contrast was extremely productive. Woke naturally before my alarm, hyper. Before M even woke up I was dressed, brushed my teeth, and starting on chores in anticipation of running errands. I transferred all my photos from my phone onto my computer ready to free up some space on my phone. I left for errands. Got gas, went to the bank, and target. Target was almost a mistake for me this time. I went in for socks and ended up buying a wastebasket, 5 straw hats (to start my pirate hat making business), new pajamas (first bought pair in 10+ years), and of course socks. That whole trip was an impulse trip – I was killing time until Joann’s opened.
At Joann’s I spent $1 on a strip of fabric to make up my curtain ties. Then I went back to Joann’s because I forgot to look for pirate hat material. They didn’t have the fabric I wanted unfortunately so I put off buying anything more.
Finally, I went to Lowe’s to shop their spring black Friday deals. The paving stones I’ve been wanting were on sale so I bought twenty of them and loaded them onto my cart and into my car myself. I also got mulch, stakes, plant tape (for staking), three packs of alyssum (which were so fragrant in my car) and two gallons of oops paint in a beige color I liked. I was pleased to see Lowe’s selling ladybugs which I might buy later this year for my garden.
I figured once I got home I’d be dead tired and wouldn’t accomplish much the rest of the day. Right after lunch though I wanted to keep working so I busted out my hula hoe and rake and got to work in the backyard. I was making decent progress and getting into a rhythm when I saw a nope rope near my shoe. It was only a garden nope rope but I have an extreme phobia of them (to the point I can’t look at pictures without anxiety and seeing the word printed just now gave me the creeps). I ran screaming into the house. 20 minutes later I was no longer hyperventilating. 30 minutes later I was able to go out my front door and walk around the block (the nope rope having been on my back fence). 40 minutes later I managed by sheer force of will to go into the middle of my yard and retrieve my rake and hula hoe to put away. That I could go back into the backyard the same day as seeing one is a testament to how much better I’ve gotten. As expected though, it derailed all outdoor plans for the rest of the day.
I resigned myself to playing on my computer and maybe getting laundry done for the rest of the day. The laundry I managed to do. I also straightened up some rooms. I updated my linkedin profile for the first time in two years. When M got home we went back to Lowe’s where we decided on a handcart wagon for the garden and bought a decent looking one. That’ll be my day 20 goal. After take-out dinner we worked on a new puzzle for a bit.
Overall, day 19 was insanely productive! (And I can feel it today.) I’m pleased with all of my purchases and all of my work. I still want to work in my garden though the thought fills me with trepidation right now. Hopefully soon I can get back out there and continue transforming the backyard into my oasis.
(P.S. I may hate the cold and winter, but at least there aren’t nope ropes around. That is one very good thing about winter. I think last year I saw them in spring too. Why do they seem to appear most in spring?)