Monday, October 2, 2017
Guilt and construction work
We're now starting the fifth week of construction work on two projects: rebuilding two decks and combining two small bathrooms into one glorious big one. I think we're past the midpoint on both projects, but who knows? I can still access my studio, but guys are sawing and pounding right outside the window, and more important, I need peace and quiet to decide what to work on next.
So I've been going through piles of old newspapers, some of them dating back years, reading all the art reviews that I had set aside, clipping as needed, throwing away what's left. Reading books. Spending time with the new grandchild.
Most of the time, I'm not really needed here, but every so often there's a decision to be made. Who knew it would take a half hour to determine how to install the lights and switches in the bathroom? Should the light over the sink go on when you turn on the room lights or be on a separate switch? Should the fan come on automatically with the room lights, or automatically with the shower light, or on its own switch? Should the light be directly over the tub, or centered over the floor area between tub and shower?
Meanwhile, I'm reading about projects that many of my blogging friends are working on, and feeling guilty that I'm not doing anything useful. I can't even concentrate enough to decide what my next project is going to be, let alone start staging up for it. And the year-end tasks -- photo calendars, 55 Christmas ornaments, Christmas stockings for the new baby and maybe others -- are looming.
Maybe I won't do anything important till next year, and would that be so horrible? Well no, except for the guilt....