Take a look at the picture above. Do you see anything special?
Well, I really didn’t expect you to see anything. But here’s the deal. This is the completion of a project that I started 10 years ago.
Anyone that knows me, knows that I have a task oriented mentality. I make lists and I complete them. Usually I complete them within the week, since I don’t add anything that can’t be completed in a short time frame. That’s because I rarely start a new task until the previous one is completed.
10 years ago I designed a fabricated an outdoor wood burning stove to heat my house. That project took most of the winter. In the spring I insulated and finished off my basement walls, and then ran baseboard heaters to the rooms. My intention was to install a suspended ceiling and carpet
But then I rediscovered golf. And wood cutting. It seemed like all my spare time was spent either cutting/splitting/stacking wood, or enjoying a little golf. In the back of my mind I planned to finish the basement, but I never seemed to have the time. And I never start a project that I can’t complete in a reasonable time frame.
Eventually I discovered triathlon, and realized I didn’t have enough time for all of it. So I stopped golfing, and a couple of years later I quit burning wood. Running, biking and swimming seemed to consume me.
But I finally made the commitment a few weeks ago to finish this project. It really has been nagging at me for several years. I now feel a little more at ease, knowing that it’s done. And in a few weeks we will have the carpet installed.