Little Projects

Have you ever had a project that you never seemed to get to? Like a plumbing project that was missing just one part and just sat there for 6 months?

Well, I think I have about 72 of those kinds of projects – little tasks all over the place. I will muscle through the bulk of the work, but I like to leave that last little task which I’ll ‘take care of later.’ My challenge is that these darn little tasks just pile up, and, after a while, become this unsurmountable list. I then don’t do any of them.

Yesterday, however, I’d had just had enough of being ‘stuck in neutral’ and feeling the weight of my little task list, so I just started ticking through them. A pile of clothes that was simmering on the couch for a week, random seedling trays that I’ve thought about picking up for months, and an old freezer that sat on its side in our yard since I cleaned out a frozen block of spoiled meat. Oh, and we last mowed our lawn in July.

One by one I ticked them off the list. I also jacked up some of my family members to motivate a sense of urgency. By lunch we were moving and by 2 pm we were making serious strides. It feels good when the little burdens that have weighed your psyche disappear. What was once a wreck and felt out of control was brought into order and brought under control. Tasks that sat there on the list for months took maybe 20 minutes and I began to wonder why I hadn’t done them sooner.

The day after one of these productivity tears always has me telling myself that I’ll just keep up on tasks and save on the stress. Maybe I’ll turn over a new leaf or maybe I’ll just bask in the glow of a solid day of accomplishments.

In the box:

  • Buttercup Squash
  • Spaghetti Squash: This one’s kind of odd, so I found a video with some recipe ideas below.
  • Red Kuri Squash
  • Shallots
  • Italian Parsley
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Kohlrabi
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce: A couple varieties were at play, including greenleaf and butterhead lettuce. Luck of the draw.
  • Arugula: The oakleaf-shaped green in a bunch. I like arugula in pasta – try https://youtu.be/Ue2DjbJuYko
  • Garlic
  • One Italia Pepper and One Yellow Pepper: Both of these are sweet.

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