I suppose I should admit it to the world something that my wife has known for years: I’m not the best multi-tasker. I don’t necessarily think of this as a negative though. In the “glass half full” spirit of things, I see my propensity for avoiding multi-tasking as a direct cause of my single-minded determination. I have an Ahab-like ability to obsess on one thing at time.
Once my obsession has taken root, I find it difficult to move onto other things. For the last two months, my obsession has centered on the construction of a new room off the back of our garage that we’re temporarily referring to as a “man cave”.
|A place for tables without chairs, cabinets filled with paint cans, and rusty file cabinets.|
|After we moved in I started filling this space with weed whackers, HD buckets, and gardening shoes.|
|This now fits perfectly between the room's two windows.|
I also made sure we installed several exterior outlets making it easier to do things like power Christmas lights, corded power tools, low voltage lighting, irrigation timers, and anything else that comes with an electrical cord. I also asked for an outlet to be installed just under the eaves because I thought that would be a perfect way for me to realize my Pinterest-inspired day dreams of being able to string café lights up into the mulberry tree that presides over our patio.
|Something like this is what I'm aiming for.|
After two months of construction, the keys have finally been turned over to me and the decorating will begin in earnest this weekend. Once I have gotten the interior situated to my liking, I am going to turn my obsession to getting the patio set up the way I like it.
|A fresh start always comes with a renewed feeling of hope.|
|The door on the left now hides the utility meter and provides a little closet storage.|
|If I knew how to Photoshop, I'd erase those chairs from the picture. Obviously I don't know how to Photoshop.|
At my last residence, I was very much a container gardener. I probably had 20 different containers on my back patio alone. I enjoy container gardening immensely. I used to think that I was a container gardener because I lacked the space to do more traditional gardening. But now I understand that I enjoyed the restriction of it, the "movability" of plants in pots, the ability to easily change the scenery as my mood dictates, and the experimentation involved.