Every day lately seems to be a hard day. I lay in bed at night and think of a dozen things I want to do the next day. Then somehow, the day slips by and I have not accomplished nearly as much as I had hope to. Yesterday I finished up sorting thru the last of our photographs and got them boxed up for storage in my daughters attic. Did I say "sorting"? That would imply they were is some sort of order. No, culling would be a better word. I got rid of a lot of duplicates, faded or out of focus images, and pictures taken from the windows of moving vehicles. I took a lot of pictures out of sticky albums, and took the pages out of many more. Just the pages, without the binders take up less room. The final result was one medium tote and one smaller box.
I have also finished going thru 25 years of house repair and improvement receipts. The good ones will go with us for a final evaluation someday in the next year.
So with those two big paper jobs out of the way, (they have dominated the dining room table for weeks) I decided to start cleaning the room. Someone suggested taking the approach of attacking one room at a time and when it is done, sort of close it for use and move on. This is what I'm doing.
In a way it is good to have a deadline. If we waited until everything was done we would never put the house on the market. For now I have com to terms with not having time to get rid of everything I want to get rid of, or finish all of the little jobs we want to finish before listing. So, now I have a list of "must do now" and what can wait.
I'm not sure we can finish the must dos, but we will try.
I thought I could get the dining room floor scrubbed today. We have several large plants that have leaked water onto the tiles over the years and I have to try to get them clean. But all I could get finished today was to get the room ready by moving some of the furniture out. Oh well, I should be able to finish it tomorrow.
We had planned on going to San Francisco to see a race, but it turns out there will not be one. It would have been nice to take a day off, even if we can't afford the time, but it just isn't going to happen.
Today we had the septic tank pumped and inspected. With the inspection, the cost was double what I paid a few years ago! Good news is the leach field is good and the system is healthy. Bad news is there are a few "minor" repairs needed and the estimate is for another hunk of change. They charge $150 an hour for work inside the tank. But it has to be done, so the guy will be back on Friday to do them. I have been assured it is best to get these things taken care of in advance.
The dreaded "pest control" inspection will be done on Friday. We have done so much work already, I just don't see what they could find to report. Actually there are a couple of very small things still on the list that might be cited.
For now, I am just so tired, and yet I know the hardest days are yet to come.
We have decided if we don't get everything on the must do list finished, we will postpone our trip. It will mean losing our reservation, but we can still go somewhere for a week or two.
This post has been full of "I" did this and "I" did that. Craig has also been working his butt off. I really do appreciate him.