My time not doing paid work this week has included free work at home. I only had a few hours of down time with my kiddos this week, but it was needed.
The bit of downtime I enjoyed with them, we carved pumpkins for Halloween. In doing that I discovered that our dog really likes pumpkin as a treat.
The rest of my activities were of the home improvement sort.
I peeled wallpaper from a wall where it had been painted over by previous owners. However, it had then turned loose loose due to minor water damage at some point – also under previous ownership. I had noticed the loose seam when we moved in, and my kids didn’t leave it alone as requested. Since they started the peeling, it was time to finish it. We peeled, and sanded, and spackled and sanded again before applying the primer.
I replaced a bad ceiling-fan light pull-chain.
I replaced a broken closet light fixture with a new LED light and installed a pull-chain on the new fixture.
I replaced two faulty breakers. That was interesting, because we discovered the second one as we were trying to get the first replacement to set right.
We also finally fixed the window that my son had broken. Replacement never managed to fit the budget, so we did-it-yourself pane repair. Nathan did most of the dirty work for that one, and I just did the final glass cut and helped with the silicone seal on the edges.
Nathan will have to help the kids to finish painting their room now that the wall is fixed and prepped. I’m sure that will take several days.
I also have a broken door that I didn’t get to, and I have yet to finish trimming out the teenagers room from our attempts at finishing the previous owners remodel.
It’s getting there.
I told Nathan I would much prefer having enough income to be able to pay others to do these things, and still eat and get to do things occasionally. Alas, I haven’t cleared enough of the negative beliefs from my upbringing to allow for that yet it seems. If I had I’d already be able to.
May you have enough income to do everything you need and most things you want to. May you have a sense of accomplishment. May you see that you have good skills. May you know how to fit everything into the time you have available. May you still get to have time with your children.
Siva Hir Su