What deadline could I possibly have? The summer is rapidly coming to a close, and I am about to re-enter the classroom again this fall for my 16th year of teaching. Each summer I have a to do list that I try to complete before I am inundated with lesson planning, orchestrating projects, grading papers, and after school meetings. My list is nearly complete, but I am waiting on Amazon for parts I need. Here is my list so far of what I can remember…
- Fight obsessing over firewood, all the while collecting just shy of 10 cords of wood
- Fix broken electric log splitter
- Give lifesaving maintenance to chainsaw. Whose life mine or the chainsaw?
- Replace refrigerator with a converted freezer
- New road. “Yeah! no more mud, dust, and mud.”
- Recover and and place sailboat back into storage without sailing it this summer. Bummer.
- Take micro mini vacations or go crazy. But, getting ready for a vacation became a new kind of crazy
- Water, set up water system, fight with battery operated timers
- Set up security system
- Fix headlights on car. Okay this was easy ,until I drove off without closing the access doors. So blessed my wife found them on our new driveway.
- Fix the snow plow. My battle with the snow plow has been constant since its purchase. I will win if it kills me and it might. I am still waiting for the parts to fix the plow, so the blade can stay suspended without dropping.
- Be a Dad daily, wow that is an incredible amount of work. Hoping, I am
making a difference. But, it feels like three steps forward and 2 and 3/4 steps backwards.
- Have company over to our off grid home. This is always stressful; we always wonder if people will accept our lifestyle
- Chimney sweep and clean the wood cook stove one last time before it needs to be used this fall.
- Reorganize the utility room, pump house and old cabin
- Taking materials to the recycling center to clean up the property.
- Find time to take a nap in the hammock, staring up at the stars with my wife was awesome.
- Build a fire wood holder for our wood cook stove this coming season
- Hook up new cheap bike racks to the roof of the car and realize I have to be smarter than the weak instructions they came with
Defend family from plague of yellow jackets
- Berry picking
- Replace broken down washing machine with a luxury energy efficient front loader.
- Replace broken cistern pump; it couldn’t take the pressure. Hah.
- Get ready for the next year at school in which I will be teaching Advisory, Economics, Journalism, History of Psychology, and American Government first trimester.
This is just the things I could remember. It has been a great summer. One day I will retire from teaching, so that I can work full-time on the property.
What were some of your to do lists this summer? Please share in the comment section below.