july intention - house maintenance

Before we get to July's intention, indulge me while I look back on June. My plan was to get fit or at the very least exercise some more. I'm happy to say that did happen but not in a major way. Here's what I did:

  • I purchased some running shoes (my first new pair in probably about 10 years)
  • I signed up for a boot class camp and started attending once a week.
  • I climbed to the summit of Mont Tremblant with a baby strapped to my chest!

photo (12)(Mont Tremblant is in Quebec and the summit hits at 2871 feet. While I carried Orla my husband Myles carted Henry on his shoulders for most of the hike.  A far greater task although he is a bit of a mountain man!!)

What did I discover doing all of these things? Well, for one that I'm actually not that out of shape. While I was certainly out of breath while I hiked up the mountain I could hold my own and even passed many people on the way up. I also discovered that exercise is quite enjoyable and a moment to step away from everything else. For that hour I don't have to think about anything or anyone else. It's my time for me.

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(A much needed water break about halfway up the 6 km vertical hike. We hadn't intended on doing this trek but found ourselves starting it and then decided to carry on.)

The biggest challenge for me is when it comes to working out is carving out the time to do it. My days are pretty busy and I always seem to find something else that needs to be done. Going forward what I need to work on is prioritizing my time so that exercise is part of the equation.

0667298ee1b511e2b9fd22000a9f4dd4_7(The ecstatic ride down on the gondola!)

My intention for July sounds terribly mundane but I think it will be quite rewarding. The goal is house maintenance - all those little things that make it on to a "to do" list but rarely get accomplished. Some of the items on our list are bigger projects and others are just seasonal maintenance. Here's a snapshot:

  • paint the front porch
  • repair the window screens
  • fix the door to the basement
  • turn mattresses
  • launder pillows and duvets
  • clean out old files in office
  • steam clean area rugs and upholstery
  • reseal slate floor in kitchen
  • touchup paint throughout house

I think to a certain degree the art of housekeeping has been lost. The truth is that it is hard to find time to do all these small tasks. I'm hoping by concentrating my energies this month that I will get a lot of these small jobs done leaving me more time to do the things I love. If I discover any tips or tricks along the way I'll let you know.