Definition: When you start one project but get distracted by another project . . . before you know it, you’ve spent the whole morning outside and didn’t accomplish your original project.
Original project – final measurements for the “buy the downspout” project.
What actually happened . . .
I step out onto the patio and discover the bird feeder is empty so I fill the bird feeder
After shutting the door to the garage and walking back to the house I decide to do “poop patrol” and pick up the poop that accumulated since yesterday.
But before I get the supplies I need for “poop patrol” I decide to do some weeding in the flower bed in front of the garage. What do you know? The ground is soft enough that the weeds come out easily. I weed for a bit and realize I’m supposed to be doing something else.
I get the measurements I need and notice that there’s a lot of lint on the ground in front of the dryer vent. I should probably check that out. Prince Charming was a stickler for cleaning out the dryer vent at least once every year . . . I’m not as dedicated as he was . . . I have no idea the last time I cleaned the dryer vent.
Cleaning the dryer vent involves walking around the house because we only have one gate in the front of the house. Walking around the house means walking past the flower bed that used to have the English Ivy in it. One of my dear neighbors sprayed the English Ivy with weed killer for me last year and killed all the ivy. I managed to get most of it out of the ground but there are still some stubborn pieces that need to come out. I wondered if the ground was soft enough for that to come out easily too. So I stopped and tugged on a few of the stubborn pieces. Sure enough, they came right out!! After a few minutes I realized I was supposed to be doing something else . . . and went to check the dryer vent.
The dryer vent was mostly clear and I picked up the a good bit of the lint that was on the ground. It was about this time that I had the realization that the crap the birds have strung all over the yard was lint from the dryer vent. Dang messy birds!! And I realized that I needed to check the dryer tube thing that runs from the back of the dryer to the dryer vent to make sure it wasn’t clogged. Which meant walking back around the house and going to the basement.
I go to the basement and take apart the dryer tube thing and clean it out as much as I can. It doesn’t look too bad I even check where the tube thing goes into the dryer and get that lint out too. Prince Charming would be so proud of me. It’s a little cramped in the space between the dryer and the washer and I’m kind of claustrophobic so I don’t dawdle too much with this task.
So I’ve got all this stuff done. . . none of them on my To Do list for today. It’s now noon, I haven’t had a shower yet, and I will need lunch before I go shopping. My plan was to be done with shopping at the hardware store by noon. And I wonder why my days off are never very productive.