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Thursday, November 17, 2011

the boy: Making Lists and Schedules

If there is anything good about having a hurricane roll through your part of the world, it is that it gets you back in project mode. Not that we don't normally have way more than our fair share of projects underway, but there is nothing like a hole in the house roof, a tree on the car, a barn wall threatening to fall off, a demolished fence and oak tree everywhere to encourage one to kick it into high gear. Just to give some perspective on how serious the situation has been these past few months, I have even gone several weekends with nary a bicycle ride. And that never happens.

The good part of the whole ordeal is the amazing amount of progress that we have made this fall. I am not going to go as far as to say that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I think we may have at least caught a glimpse of the tunnel. The restoration of this house and property have seemed at times to be an insurmountable task. With the enthusiasm of the first few years worn off, it has seemed a project with no end. And it is hard to motivate to work on a project with no end.

So that is where the schedule comes in. I have tentatively settled on a 16 month deadline for the major projects to be done. The list of projects is still huge, but seeing them laid out on a schedule it actually seems possible. I may have to skip a few more bike rides though.

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