As always, there are plenty of projects needing done and not much time. I have been, for some time now, working on a wide range of projects. Projects that are started but seem never to get finished. VERY DISCOURAGING!
The goat fence has been officially ongoing for a very long time, and it is not alone. Though a couple of solar panels are now finished, they are not yet installed. The greenhouse is not covered either, though all of the materials are ready. Fruit and nut trees are still in pots, but not planted. The list goes on and on. You may have also noticed that I haven't written much lately. Now, it is time to start thinking of planting some early garden crops such as potatoes and onions.
There are several reasons for this lack of finished projects. Money (and the getting of it) is one factor (lets face it, a job takes a lot of time). Unexpected delays such as family illness, car trouble and such is another. At the end of the day, with all excuses and other factors aside, one big reason is that I have a serious personal issue. I have a terrible tendency to start more projects than there is time and energy to complete. Then, I get bogged down, loose focus and take on more projects.
Money is a necessary evil in our society. We have grown accustomed to such luxuries as driving cars, using electric lights and power tools, wearing good clothes, and the like, all of which cost money. Unfortunately, making money takes time and energy (time and energy that could be spent finishing projects which might make more money in the long run). My current corporate job is low pay and though my hours have been cut back drastically, an erratic schedule doesn't allow much daylight time to work on other projects.
Like the need for money, emergency situations such as family illness or auto repairs take time and resources. Taking a family member to the hospital and subsequent Dr. visits and treatment takes time away from the farm and, sometimes, the corporate job as well (simply because family needs are one of my extremely high priorities). Thankfully, recent vehicle repairs have been relatively minor, only serving as minor delays and major annoyance.
As for project overload and lack of focus, I have come to believe that the solution is more about setting priorities and goals than about available time and resources. More about self discipline than about time vs abundance of projects. Now if I can just put these concepts into play. Yes, I am working on this but it is taking time to change a lifetime of bad habits. Please don't misunderstand, there is slow but continual progress on a number of projects during any given week, and that progress actually gets those projects finished in due course of time. Of course, there are also projects that never really get finished such as cutting hay in summer and firewood in winter (they get finished for the season but are back in full force for the next round). These ongoing chores also take time away from more permanent accomplishments.
Those projects which, through persistence, get finished, serve to encourage. Getting the garden tilled up early in the winter was just such an instance. A few passes with the tiller at a setting, over a period of time and the project was finished. The tilled soil was allowed to freeze and thaw and to take on the winter snow, making it much nicer to work with now for spring planting.
Friday, with some focus and hard work, a good section of fence row (a long term priority and over due project) was cleared and a big pile of firewood cut in the bargain. In the afternoon, four rows of onion sets were planted and two more rows Saturday morning. Yes, there is still some fence row left to be cleared and there are still more onion sets to plant, but noticeable progress was made. noticeable progress is always encouraging to me. Now if I can just stay focused. Wish me luck!