Ok so sometimes we have problems finishing projects, sometimes we have problems starting the projects we've got the bits for/need to be done. This has been a combo of things including house moves, sickness, changes of work or work regimes and of course the dreaded ADHD.
So to combat this I used to set myself weekly and mounthly goals but it had kind of stopped working so it was time to find a new way. And that way was a Finish Projects Month - I had done these before for writing and drawings but normally they focus on one or two main projects and what we wanted was something to get our A into G on all the small almost finished stuff.
Well my aim was to end up with one finished project a day, Al's was to mainly get the niggling DIY stuff sorted.
We failed but as always with these challenges it is not really a fail. So Alaric has done much metal work and drilling. Preparing our house for structured cabling and server housing in the workshop. These count as two projects that are now much much further a head than they would have been and they need doing URGENTLY. To make our lives easier with DIY he made a contraption so that he could carry part of the compressor into the house but leave the noisy bit in the workshop. That is one FINISHED PROJECT.
1) Compressor mount and pipe carrier = FINISHED
2) Server case = getting there
3) Structured cabling = getting there
Jean now has a bit of trunking for her room and is very excited about the whole process. We also had to sort out craft areas and workshop etc... to make this work well.
4) Attic organised and craft's sorted = FINISHED (though still boxes of paper work to go through)
5) Workshop = one end SORTED
Then there was some paper work/bank bits which we will count as
On top of that we now have a nice rodent proof feed storage box for the chickens which needs to be put in place but is in the garden. This will allow me to sort out the shed and to shore it up a bit more so we can get a bit more life out of it :/ We also dealt with the flooring in the chicken run, which is now all nice though next time I need to dig down further and put gravel in but we are getting there with it!
8) Fed Bin = GOT
9) Chicken Run Flooring = SORTED
We also uped the exercise stuff, so Alaric is doing his runs and though I am not running I will be as soon as we can get me some shoes and me and Jeany are going climbing together once a week.
10) Climbing and running = OWNED!
Writing wise I've been being a bit lame and only managed to finish one flash fiction - which I remember coming up with the concept for in 2007 in Costa's in Cheltenham during the whole flood debacle. I'd typed the intro of it onto Magenta Monster in 2010 combining it with a story starter I'd picked up off of twitter - which had sparked the idea back to life :/ It is at least now finished!
11) Story The Tragedy of Love = FINISHED!!!
Oh and this prompted a bit of a blog clean up/updating session.
12) Blog sorting = SORTED
I made the girls dig out all their library books and we took them back and did all the niggly bits of shopping for the house (ie not just food).
13) Household admin/maintain = GOOD (never ever gets completely sorted EVER)
This then leads on to crafts and the like - so basically I was like arg!!! I have a crate of half finished kids craft project and like 3 of me craft project - this needs to be sorted NOW!!!
For a start there was the sock I had attempted for Al - it has it's problems but it is a nice sock, but fits Jean, has wholes in it and more importantly there is just one of it as I started in in what 2013? And did most of it and it had just been sitting there almost finished for the whole of last year - attic became a no go zone with building works a happening. Basically I've forgotten what I did so there is little hope of knitting another. But it is finished and now a base for something else - Jeany wants to turn it into a new purse/wallet for Alaric.
14) Al's Sock = Done by awaiting full incarnation
Having taken up crotchet and attempting to desperately learn the different stitches at the beginning of the year, I had ended up with lots of half finished squares - I now have 15 finished squares (still need to thread the ends away). They will either be flannels or squares for blankets depending on how square and what size they have come up!).
15) 15 crotchet squares = almost done
I'd sorted out all the knitting and sewing into project bundles and found I had some random pieces that I had no clue about. Fortunately whilst I was finishing off something else I remembered what one of them was, found the pattern, found my place in the pattern once more and finished it off - sadly it is only one side of a duck but I will be knitting the other half shortly - I needed the white wool to finish knitting Mary's Elsa dolly. This was supposed to be her main Christmas present :/ I still need to make some shoes and she needs sewing up and stuffing but I think she is getting there!
16) Duck toy = so not done yet but progress made!
17) Elsa Dolly = all knitted but sewing up, stuffing, hair and face needed
Alaric managed to finish two creeper faces on stuff I'd knitted ages ago.
18) Creeper faces = half done
However I have been creating more work for him in this area - I finally sewed together and stuffed the baby creeper plushy that I knitted for Jean ages ago - it was another stuck due to roof fix project! I should have gone with instinct and used foam except I hate foam so it has wadding in.
19) Baby Creeper sans face = OWNED!!!!
I wanted to finish Mary's fairy outfit that I have crotchet in giant chunky wool but it took me all month to get to the shop to pick up the last ball I need to finish the second shoe!
20) Fairy outfit = not done but materials got
And though I started them during the month there are also crotchet Easter Eggs - six of them 2 giants and 4 little ones. Jean wants more but as that is for the weekend I think she maybe whistling!
21) Giant Crotchet Easter Eggs = DONE
22) Mini Crotchet Easter Eggs = Done
There are also the epic Easter Egg Spoons we made at the weekend and the planter/seed markers.
23) Ester Egg Garden Ornament Spoons = FINISHED
24) Painted knife seed markers = FINISHED
And one dug over bed and allotment tidying (I have many other beds to dig), I also potted up half the seeds I want to grow in pots and fixed the sumps on the wormeries which I'd needed to do for a while.
25) Wormery sorting = DONE
26) Allotment = BEGUN!!!
27) Seeds = STARTED
Within this there was stuff like plant pots that had been painted by me as a teen and never used and grass heads that had been made and never used etc... so it was a job well done I think.
We also had Mother's Day Cake making with the girls which I'm counting as a finished project
28) Mushroom butterfly cake = BAKED and EATEN
And that leads on nicely to the girls... Jean has made bead eggs, finished off lots of the exercise books she has and been colouring in the felt pictures she had. Mary has been painting plant pots and making books, bits that had been pulled down/never gone up yet in their room have been sorted and THE GREAT CLOTHS SORT and some buying of the new happened. They finished Easter mobiles and we've put up the chinese lanterns that Jean had half made before the flood and have been sitting at the bottom of a crate ever since. We also did crayon rubbings and eater cards for their egg hunt.
29) Bead Eggs = FINISHED
30) Mary's Easter book about Elsa a.k.a birthday pressy for Al = ALmost there
31) Easter Mobiles = FINISHED (except that there is a chick missing but hopefully it will turn up at some point!)
There is still plenty left for them to do as there are half coloured in Easter bags and papier mache eggs and so on and obviously some of this is new kits they got for the Easter Hols. Of course Jean did the huge candle make which over lapped the beginning of this month and was quiet frankly EPIC!!!
32) Easter kids projects = in progress
33) Candle Making = DONE, FINISHED, EPIC NOOODLES!!!!
Alaric also set up opportunistic SMTP encryption for the server cluster, and renewed our self-signed SSL certs - which is for email stuff so I am hoping my email will once again be usable which it hasn't been :/
34) Emails = sorted (hopefully)
I also finished sewing together 2 bags knitted out of fluffy and in one case sparkly wool. One of these I started BEFORE I started going out with Alaric and it was supposed to be a shoulder wrap but I couldn't knit so it was lumpy and bumpy and I ran out of wool and tried to use the same type but different colours and... it works much better as a bag and can now (finally) be sent to the person it is for!
35) Fluffy rainbow record bag = COMPLETED
36) Purple fluffy purse/bag = COMPLETED
Oh and I finished Alaric's new scarf which I did on day one and Alaric has proudly been wearing it for most of the month
37) Accidental West Ham Scarf = HAMMERED
Ok so maybe that isn't so much of a fail as I had thought! And I now know exactly how many project there are which always helps
I also drew a portrait of Sir Terry Pratchett and think I now have most of my note books sorted.
38) Drawing of Terry Pratchett = sadly done
Within March I also organised and ran workshops on: mothers day card making, kids comedy night including slapstick and improv, Easter egg hunts including life sized Alaric Bunny - for which I had to make a tail!
Plus a writing meet.
39) Giant Bunny Tail = OWNED
And I almost forgot that Jeany made soaps! And asked for and earnt herself £10 worth of more soap making supplies (the original kit being from a couple of birthdays ago).
40) Jean's Soaps = LOVELY
Eeep! There's more! At the beginning of March it was Downes Syndrome Awareness Day and Mary's pre-school had an event celebrating one of the little ones with them and requested an odd sock day. So I made a mooky - a sock monster like I used to make with nan and uncle (for those of you who met me after I was married Benny was Downes and died a couple of months after our wedding), it seemed appropriate to me, though I've had to explain to several people who were concerned that I was making an "odd monster" for the awareness day. Basically I made a cuddle toy for Mary out of odd socks.
41) Mooky for Moo the Mooky = DONEDID
Ooo also we settled in the new chickens
42) Chickens!!!! = settled and laying
So what of this coming month April?
I'm doing two writing challenges - one is Camp Nanowrimo which is linked to the novel writing madness I do in November. Script Frenzy is no more so I am doing it for Camp but always I am working on my comic books which are based in my Punk Universe. But also in general I will be catching up on all things comic related stuff including the pending blog posts and stuff about the Wiggly Pets, but obviously main focus is getting the 100 page script written.
The second is NaPoWriMo which is a Poem a Day writing challenge and will be the thrid one for this year - I tend to go with the "I am going to spend 30 hrs on poetry this month" approach which as I am running workshops at the wonderful Poetry Festival as well, should not be a hard one to complete
Better get one with some of the work I suppose!