Back-burner Projects

Flowers, New Paltz, NY

I’d like to think that I’ve got a pretty good handle on time management, but there are always pesky little things that I never seem to get around to doing. We moved in to this house 4 years ago and there are several items that I’ve had on the list of things to do since day one.

For example, the lawn has been a disaster since we moved in. Now, I’m not the kind of guy who needs his lawn to look like a putting green, but I do want it to look well kept. I’ve given it a lot of attention and effort over the past 4 years, but it still looks pretty ragged. This is primarily because the soil quality is so poor that turf grass is never going to do really well. The soil is exceptionally sandy and very acidic. Short of having the entire yard scraped and re-grading it with quality topsoil, there’s not much I can do but try to manage the acidity. This is easily done by putting down pelletized limestone.

Pelletized lime is cheep. As far as I know, it doesn’t really have any ill effects on the environment in the same way that putting down fertilizer does. The job would take roughly an hour, including the time it takes to go to the hardware store and buy the stuff. And yet, I never get around to doing the job.

Then there is edging the sidewalks. Again, a minimal amount of effort if one has an edger. I don’t. But I could buy one and edge the sidewalks once or twice a year and it would probably only take me an hour to and hour and a half. Still, I’ve never gotten around to it.

These relatively minor projects always take the back burner for one reason or another. Maybe its because they are too small. Maybe its because there are so many other things to do, that taking the time to get to them seems like a waste of time. Maybe I’m just lazy.

At any rate, here I am, writing this post at midnight because I can’t sleep. My head keeps spinning because I’ve got these nagging little things to do and we’re going on a trip this weekend, which means that they will not get done this weekend either.

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