Putting Together the Initial Honey Do List

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As a result of my impending career change, I have been walking around the house and yard with a different perspective than in the past. I am looking at the things that I need to add to my “honey-do” list.

Those little things that just never seem to get done, because there just isn’t enough time to do them. Well I hope to have the time to do most of those kind of things after this week.

Some of the projects that I have noticed so far:

  1. Go to Minnesota and see daughter and the grandkids
  2. My bookcase – it trashed
  3. The books in the back of the garage
  4. Inventory books and videos to know what I have and what I need to get
  5. The garage workbench and surrounding area
  6. Back of the garage (the dreaded storage area)
  7. Taking snowblower in for servicing
  8. Fixing the fence in the flower garden that is going to fall over
  9. Taking down the widow-maker trees from the most recent windstorm
  10. Go through my clothes and putting everything work related away for a year, then what I no longer need them get rid of
  11. Get rid of old magazines that I don’t need anymore
  12. Scan my Coast Guard records
  13. Scan my Health records
  14. Scan my Education Portfolio
  15. Go through the family picture albums that were left to me when my mother died a couple of years ago
  16. Scan photos that I want to have available and upload to Picassa
  17. Clean up the MacBook Pro – get rid of any software that I don’t want or need anymore – update to Lion when it comes out
  18. Clean up the Dell – make sure it has all the updates it is supposed to do maintenance
  19. Create a walking trail around the property – we have talked about this for several years
  20. Get dad to come down and setup a blind to hunt from (he likes that kind of stuff)
  21. Obedience training with Bennie
  22. Replacing the gasket on the wood stove and cleaning the chimney
  23. Adding extension onto the oil furnace chimney to make it higher
  24. Replacing side door on the garage
  25. Replacing sections of garage wall that are starting to rot at the base
  26. Fix leaks on garage roof caused by shoveling snow off during the winter
  27. Create a new garden in a better place
  28. Build a wood storage area behind the shed
  29. Look at how difficult it would be to create a small pasture area
  30. and I am sure many more things as I continue to look around more

Those are in addition to these projects or activities that have to be done anyway:

  • Getting 5-6 cord of wood cut, split and stacked
  • Weekly yard maintenance
  • Gardening (wife usually does most everything – this year I get to help more)
  • Picking berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries) from local area
  • Help with processing and canning the garden produce as things become ready to harvest
  • Practicing my archery skills to get ready for hunting season
  • Lifting weights most days
  • Hiking as often as we can
  • Getting the kayaks out and using them
  • Starting to run again as soon as the knee lets me, ride mountain bike until I can run Notice that I am still planning time for recreation and me/us time away from the house too.

Finding time to read all the books that I have been buying over the past few years, but never got around to reading  Finally, I will try to fit in some time to continue blogging at One Foot In Reality. 🙂

Wow that list is a little daunting, but now that I know that this is my full-time job, it doesn’t seem nearly as bad, it kind of reminds of several jobs that I have had where going in there was a lot of work, but it levels off after 6 months or so and is much more manageable.

One of the things I will do is begin putting these tasks/projects into Evernote in my !!TODO Notebook, then schedule when they need/should be done and start plugging away at them. That way I won’t try to get everything done all at once.

Most of them are all things I can do, won’t take too much money and will just take time and effort on my part. Actually I feel pretty good about the lists.

You know I have a feeling that I will get used to this semi-retirement thing, now the next question, will my wife get used to me being around all the time?

What does your summer honey do list look like?