Do you have a ‘To Do List’ or a ‘Bucket List’?
Strange question to ask I suppose, but until a few weeks ago I didn’t.
The ‘To Do List’ in the image is actually a photo taken of a whiteboard in my home office.
I say home office, but it is a cabin down the end of the garden that is affectionately known as ‘The Naughty Shed’!
Not that anything ‘naughty’ goes on down there, oh no, it’s just a play on words.
The kids sometimes get sent to the ‘naughty step’ to think over their misdemeanors. Dad gets sent to the ‘Naughty Shed’.
The first item on the list is ‘Sort Cabin’ – The Naughty shed.
Not that The Naughty Shed is without it’s own home comforts. It has light, heating – both electric and wood burning stove, it has a means of making hot beverages – at a push one could also put a pan on the pot-belly stove and cook a meal on it, the cabin has several comfy chairs, a sofa and currently being built is a ‘sensory deprivation room’.
Whilst having a ‘sensory deprivation room’ may sound like torture to some, it will actually be a place that if needs be I can find solace and sleep!
Set up to be totally enclosed and virtually sound proof, with a sleeping platform and all mod cons. Imagine the ‘sleeping pods’ that we hear about being so popular in South East Asia, just a little more homely!
Ever since being injured on duty and damaging my back, I have suffered from insomnia / struggled to sleep for extended periods. The idea of being able to retire to my own ‘sleeping pod’ appeals to me. The most noise one usually hears when down the Naughty Shed is – bird song!
The ultimate aim is that the cabin will become more ‘homely’ and more of a ‘man shed’.
I have plans for a book shelf to house a vast collection of books that I cannot currently easily store and or display in the house to go on one wall, which I will totally dedicate as a book shelf. Reading is a pleasure for me, so I would like to ‘display’ the books that I decide to keep and not ‘up-cycle’!
I plan to install a nice new flat screen high definition largish television, that I plan to have mounted on another wall. This television will be connected via free view box for keeping up with current affairs and such. It will also be used for the purposes of screening games from a PS4 console!
It will continue to have the ‘L shaped’ workspace that can accommodate a couple of chairs. Instead of working on my computer and looking down the garden (if set up on the long sweep of the L) my computer system is now on the shorter end of the L and is under the whiteboard and corkboard.
Pride of place on the long sweep of the L will be a new drawing board / artistic station. Also on another bucket list of mine is ‘Start Calligraphy Again’ and I need a workspace for that which will be inspirational.
The long sweep of the ‘L’ means I have desk space directly under the main window of the cabin. The ability to look down the garden back to the house is inspirational.
I will be looking back to the house and at ‘nature’, past several bird feeders – several bushes in our garden currently have nesting birds in them and I like to watch the mama and papa birds swooping in and out with food for their chicks, as well as all of what the best of British back yard nature can bring.
But don’t get me started about those pesky squirrels that seem to be back with a vengeance this year!
Various uses of The Cabin aka known as The Naughty Shed or Man Shed
Over the years The Naughty Shed has had many guises, it’s been a home office, it’s been a store room and shop front for a successful online business, it’s been a man den, it’s been a home office again and now it’s turning back into a home office / man den type naughty shed.
You see there is a reason that top of my ‘to do list’ in this particular image is ‘Sort Cabin’ aka The Naughty Shed.
In order for many of the other ‘activities’ on this particular ‘to do list’ to be fulfilled, they hinge on the The Naughty Shed returning to the state of being a ‘man den / home office’ type space.
Unfortunately the naughty shed over the last couple of years appears to have taken on the mantle of general dumping ground of camping and leisure equipment, plus handy space for the wife to store things she can’t quite bring herself to chuck away.
Plus a place for other associated odds and sods that really should be in the loft but can’t be bothered to be dumped. Oh and also tucked in an ever decreasing corner is my ‘workspace’!
So actually the first thing that needs to be done is for the naughty shed to be emptied of associated ‘essential’ junk and clutter and new homes be found for these items to be stored.
Therefore I find myself building (with the help of my parents) another shed in the garden to house the associated essential junk cluttering up the naughty shed.
They say a man can never have too many sheds.
I now have three ‘common’ or ‘garden sheds’, and one ‘log cabin’ affectionately known as The Naughty Shed.
Today I finished painting the new shed. It is been a long old process, the shed was bought as a ‘two for one’ offer at our local garden centre, we built the one that we actually needed at the time, and then kind of stacked the other down the side of a shed (!) and forgot about it.
We forgot until I had my latest medical relapse and hospital stay. Long story short, to match my lower back injuries, I now have a monster bulge in the neck at C4 / C5 and my lower back has come out in sympathy.
So whilst spending some time in hospital I wrote out a list of hobbies that I had given up that I would like to restart, a few general and some urgent jobs around the house that needed doing, a few new things that I would like to try, I also decided the time had come to get a new dog and stop grieving over my little mate.
Once this list got going I continued adding to it and ticking things off as I did them or started to do them etc. I even restarted having business ideas again. Those are the areas wiped off with a white on the image – sorry, but I’m not ready to share them with you yet!
I have found the whole process to be kind of a cleansing process. It started with a list and today the first hurdle was crossed and I finished building and painting a new shed to house the clutter that is going to be removed from the naughty shed.
Once that is done, all the rest on my ‘to do list’ that remain unticked can be embarked upon.
I also have other bucket lists and to do lists, but those are personal to me. but please keep me on the straight and narrow on the following;
1/ Sort Cabin
2/ Sell Figaro
3/ Sort Front Of House / Garden
4/ Sort Back Of House / Garden
5/ Sort Wifi Connection / Supplier
6/ Get Walking Sticks
7/ Get Walking
8/ Get Blogging
9/ Get A New Dog
10/ Research Family Tree
11/ Learn Sign Language
12/ Start To Play The Guitar Again
So there you have it, that’s my ‘bucket list’ or ‘to do list’ that I have in the cabin, what would yours look like?
Tim’s To Do List / Bucket List