Saturday, 8 November 2014

Sometimes You Just Have To Admit Defeat


I honestly thought I could manage this one. I took an exercise book and began writing a list of things – projects begun, but uncompleted, and projects I intended doing One Day When I Get A Spare Moment.

I dutifully worked through them through the Spring and Summer- and I think I got about 26 completed by the time we went on holiday. Some were making things, others about sorting and organising. I’d added things to the list through the year and carefully ticked things off. But then we went on holiday and somehow I’ve mislaid the exercise book. Is it at Cornerstones? Who knows?

snoopyI can remember some of the things I listed – “clean, lubricate and return the running machine to BIL”and “refurbish and refurnish Liz’s Doll’s House”. But I have forgotten most of the other items.

There are less than 8 weeks left this year – and they will be very full of Christmas stuff – and also the Grand Pre-Moving Declutter. So I seriously doubt that any more of the list will be completed [apart from returning the running machine!]

I have done my best – but unexpected sewing tasks [Snow White aprons, Rapunzel Dresses] a trip to Salzburg, and a heavier workload at school this term have all depleted my free time for Personal Projects. So I admit defeat – 50% done is better than none.

Who knows, the exercise book may turn up again when I start packing in earnest – and I can begin all over again in Dorset!


  1. Not a failure at all, 26 projects accomplished, other unexpected challenges achieved, I'd call that success. Surely the organising & sorting tasks will now come under the heading of the great move, and with Christmas preparations you will be bound to achieve 52 projects. It's just that they may be slightly different to the original list! Best wishes, Vee x

  2. not defeat! Just flexible! I have found it much easier on the psyche to keep lists of accomplishments rather than a to-do list -- always a more positive note because I don't think I have ever finished a to-do list!

  3. I think the lost book is a message. Take a break!
    Jane x

  4. I am still pretending to myself that I can read 52 books in 52 weeks...

  5. Sorry, have been too involved away from Internet and missed your news. Very exciting. Think God must have something very special planned for you to call you here after all this time. PS. It's not defeat. Think what tasks you would never have got round to if you hadn't taken this challenge on.

  6. You are amazing and did far more than the list indicates! You always make the most of the holidays!

  7. I wonder if total completion was the real outcome? Maybe accepting that there is no completeness in life and that your challenge was to manage the priorities and accept this?

  8. You did better than me - call all you've achieved a success.

  9. I'm with the others on this one - 26 accomplishments is NOT defeat. You have had a really busy year!

  10. Don't wirry! At least you made a list! X


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