OH my goodness does it ever feel good to be free! Today I finally finished the absolute worst job on my Urgent To Do list, the one that's been hanging over me for months, and I had to force myself to push past the line late this afternoon in a sunpatch at my desk but it is over. Finally, I get my reward:
Guilt-free knitting time to work on this exploding yarn mass that may or may not end up being a stripey fingerless glove. And yes, I think this single solitary item is going to push me over the edge into finally learning how to run in ends as I go.
(really this is Trish's fault. She showed me an incredibly beautiful way to run in ends on the purl side of plain knitting - I thought I showed the method here once but I can't find the post now - and ever since I have taken incredible satisfaction in using it, even as I curse the need to run in lots of ends. I am almost as contrary as my namesake sometimes.)
Do you ever procrastinate about the stuff you must do, as opposed to the stuff you 'should' do and which may disappear if you ignore it long enough? Because honestly I don't. I will stay up till 3am if that's what it takes to wrap up the must-do items. But this time, MAN. I just could NOT make myself put together all the numbers and receipts for our taxes!
I think taxes are due a bit earlier in the US but in Canada, they have to be in by midnight April 30th every year, unless that day falls on a weekend (thank you, 2016 calendar) in which case it's midnight on whatever weekday the government specifies (Monday). So, this year - technically - we had a little extension. Pete and I have a pretty good system for tax prep that has always worked well for us, if not as well as tallying everything up at the end of each month which, I know, is what smarter people do. Basically, I file all the relevant paperwork in one place all year long, and some time before the due date I tally up all the numbers, and then I hand it off to Pete and go frolicking off into the meadow while he plugs them into the right places on all the forms.
I don't know what was wrong with me this year. Maybe just the constant grind of responsibility from everyday life plus expensive renovation? All I know is, I haven't been able to do more than a few sections a day for the last two weeks, and sitting down to wrap up was harder than all of those days put together.
But I did, and I am free! and Pete is... not so much. So I'm trying not to rub it in while I binge on TV and knitting.
In other news, check out the super exciting thing I got in the mail today!!
I know, it just pretty much looks brown. I thought it was pretty brown too, and it was a bit of a letdown if I'm honest. For some reason I thought that when I advocated for a dining chair seat that matched the wood finish I chose one that was a bit more luminescent or caramely or something. I hope the whole combination doesn't look too old-fashioned when we get it into the house.
Either way: with these samples of the wood and the leather for our dining set, I now have everything I need to do a proper colour scheme for the whole house and start shortlisting paint colours and drapery fabrics.
(erm, did that sound as much like taxes to you as it did to me? I'm not sure I'm hearing right any more.)
Meanwhile the house really is coming along. Last week I was in and took this picture down the stairwell opening:
Brian's crew was putting in the radiant heat tubes for the basement.
A couple of days later I took this one from the same spot:
Cement! The next thing that is going down on that floor is engineered hardwood, though probably not till June. We are kind of taking our life in our hands there but we have done SO much waterproofing and drainage gravel and you name it, plus a top of the line sump pump for insurance, so we decided to risk it. We use our basement a LOT and it's going to be lovely to have it be just as cosy as upstairs.
Okay, that's it for me for this week - hope you all have a lovely weekend and I'll see you on Monday!