We're in the midst of a sanity project.
Did I just make this term up?
I may have.
Here's what I mean -
As we wrestle with our huge home remodeling project, as we -
- finalize plans,
- order materials,
- plan out all these moveable parts, and
- deal with the unforeseen delays plus new problems,
I feel very much that I am not in control.
I know this.
I know, too, that this is ALWAYS true - of home projects, of life itself.
I know I'll be okay, we'll be okay, the contractors will finish the work, it will all work out eventually.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I get it.
In the meanwhile, however, I need a sanity project: I need to do something that has a definable beginning, middle, and end. I need to do something that gets completed. I need to be the one who gets to do it. I need to get it done. I need to feel able. I need to smile at its completion.
Thankfully, my husband understands and appreciates this about me.
So - we are installing a small flagstone patio in the backyard, Tony and I. I'm so excited! We visited my favorite 'home remodeling' place, our local quarry. We traipsed around that lot, looking at all the different types of stone, until we found the beautiful, irregular pieces we desired.
Two days later, on a day when we were babysitting our granddaughters, it was delivered to our house. I actually woke the older one up from her afternoon nap (you can see she is still sporting her 'sleep sack'), so that she and her sister could both watch the flagstone be delivered by forklift. They love construction vehicles and wouldn't want to miss out on this.
They were SO excited!
We are SO excited!
Honestly, this is just the work I want to do right now - dig in the dirt, move and sweat, make something pretty.
Now, my day is not surrendered to others' deadlines, obstacles, delays, setbacks, confusion, forgetfulness...I can make these myself, hahaha, with my new spring sanity project!
Now, excuse me, I'm going out back and getting dirty.
It's Tuesday and I am participating in the
Slice of Life.
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