Happiness. Short-term, stupid, self-interest.

Porch Project – Really Serious

Fall of 2005

Doing this project I came up with a motto, “to make progress you just need two things, materials and a plan” Without both, you are at a stand still. Seems obvious. Something also to note about the plan is that it will always be changing; but, even though it is destined to change, that doesn’t mean you can’t ignore it. You have to start with the end in mind and make a plan to get there. As you travel on your journey, the plan will change because of things you forgot to think about, or just because you changed you mind. But the reason you need to have the plan there is so you know what you are changing; and you can’t get started without it.

There is one more thing you also need when doing it yourself…. Time.

I really enjoy working on the porch, as long as there are no deadlines to meet and I can just take my time. It is good work, even fun, though there are always the frustrating details.

So, with a summer much enjoyed, I had the time and materials to truly get serious. I kept hearing that quote from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, “Yes! Get on with it!” It was tough punching out the first window because it marked a point of no return. But what the heck…




The Paslode made a lot of this go much faster. If you are considering framing even one room, it is worth the money – don’t say I never told you.

And I cruised through much of this, as I had a plan on paper and the materials to execute. But, the devil is in the details…





March 5, 2007 - Posted by | Home Improvement

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