Six Projects I Just Can’t Seem to Finish

I’m sure I am preaching for the choir here, but I just don’t seem to have time to finish all of my projects. I am also the king of getting a project ALMOST done, and then leaving them to collect dust. I also take on projects knowing full well that I don’t have the time to do them properly. At least once a week I say to Kristin, “Hey, we should ______” and she will reply, “When? In all your spare time?” and then I usually go ahead and do it anyway. That is the reason I look around our yard and see nothing but unfinished projects.

Now I do need to come to my own defense here before we get started. Once again, I am sure I am preaching to the choir, I am sure you guys all have busy lives as well, so I probably won’t get any sympathy from most of you. I probably just need to give a few excuses to make myself feel a little better. It isn’t that I have a bunch of unfinished projects because I am a sitting around watching T.V. or being a lazy bum, I even skipped out on watching the Packers last weekend because I was out working on a fence! The reason I have so many unfinished projects is that we are just so busy. There are only so many hours in the day, so when you try to juggle working full time, grocery shopping, cooking dinner, taking care of two crazy dogs, mowing the lawn, feeding the pigs, cleaning the house, doing laundry, going to church, and trying to maintain a brand new marriage, there isn’t a lot of time left over to get much done. Oh yeah, did I mention it is deer hunting season!? Heck, we don’t even have kids yet! Maybe I need to figure out how to sleepwalk my butt outside and get some work done at night! Anyway, here is the list of projects I am working on finishing and a little info about each one:

Garden/Goat Pen Fence

Originally this fence was just to keep the rabbits and other critters out of the garden, but then I brought home Marcy and Oreo and we needed a place to put them, the garden seemed like the best option. It didn’t take long for our mischievous little goats to learn that the fence just couldn’t hold them back! My plan was to add wooden fence posts and a 2×6 to the fence to make it more sturdy and high enough that the goats can’t jump over it. As you can see in the pictures, I am pretty close to being done, just not quite there yet!

Pig Pen

Last spring I was in a rush to build a shelter for our pigs, I busted my tail to get the thing put up, I got it to a state that was suitable for pigs to live in and I dropped my tools and walked away. All I have left is the metal sheets that need to go on the roof and walls. This project needs to get finished ASAP because the weather is already turning pretty foul here in northern Minnesota.

Dinner Table

This is such a cool project, the wood for this table came from a 108-year-old Ash tree from the woods behind our house, I had the logs milled at Dakota Timber Works in Fargo. Unfortunately, the boards warped much worse than I expected. My Father-in-law Don, and I ran these boards through the planer so many times I thought there wouldn’t be anything left of them! The table is completely assembled and just needs a bit more sanding, with the exception of one board. I need to plane the end board before I can go any further. So this project is on hold until I buy a planer, or Don comes back to visit with his planer.

Air Compressor

Our neighbor, Walt, dropped this air compressor off in front of the garage and said I can have it, just need to get it working. We really could use an air compressor around the farm so I couldn’t pass it up. I haven’t even dug into it yet but I can see it needs a new belt at a minimum.

Rocking Chair

This is actually Kristin’s project! We picked this beauty up at the thrift store for 12 bucks, it just needs some more sanding and a coat of varnish and it will be ready to go. Once this chair is finished it will be going out on the porch, I can’t wait to sip my coffee rocking away on it.








Boat Floor

This boat used to belong to my late uncle, Tony. I am in the process of replacing the rotten floor and finding all the leaks in the hull. This was supposed to be my winter project… LAST WINTER! The optimist in me says I will have it done before the snow flies this year, I guess we will see! I am really excited to have this boat back in the condition it was when my uncle was fishing in it.


How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!

My plan to finish these projects is to spend one hour each night working on them until they are all done, I am also going to spend most of this weekend plugging away at this list. The goat fence and pig pen are the highest priority, everything else will come after that. It is my goal to get through these projects without spending too much money on them(So that means not buying a planer!) Hopefully I can get a few things crossed off the list before anything else gets added to it!

I would love to hear about or see the projects you are working on, drop them in the comments and let’s see what you have going on!

Stay tuned for updates on these projects, our first food-related post, and a BIG announcement in the next couple of weeks!

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!


5 thoughts on “Six Projects I Just Can’t Seem to Finish”

  1. I’m trying to decide if unfinished projects is hereditary. I am almost finished with the penny too table. I painted one chair tangerine and then decided I didn’t like it, so i might paint both of them white. The line green chairs that i was recovering the seats with turquoise fabric, my staple gun broke and it still needs to be replaced. I have the hairpin legs still in the box…the plan to put them on this really cool old metal filing cabinet that is stored in my garage with about 5 other unfinished projects.
    Dont get me started on my cactus and agave garden.
    If it is hereditary…I am so sorry.

    Love Mom

  2. We just had new siding and gutters put on the house. I need to paint the trim around the garage doors and the doors themselves but have to wait until the new roof has been put on, which has been postponed until Monday. There’s a spot in our front yard in front of our living room window where Austin cut down dead trees and shrubs. I have to dig out the stumps so I can plant bulbs to bloom in the spring. I also have a garden bed in the back yard the previous owners put in that is over grown with weeds. I want to dig it out and transform it in to a raised garden bed to keep the critters out (I’ve said this every year for 6 years now lol)

  3. i know the feeling steve, i got out last winter and am farming and it seems like a never ending list of stuff. What helped me out is buying a dry erase board and crossing stuff off the list. I tried your plan of spending an hour or so a night on each item but it was better for me to just work and get one done then move to the next. I get the busy part and only so many hours in the day. Im going to school full time and farming full time, with the gal pal and her son it definitely makes handling priorities tough. It’ll get easier with time and experience, as I have found out. best of luck

    P.S. I still owe you for putting that salt shaker in my back at Sheppard haha

    1. The dry erase board is a good idea! I will have to get one. What kind of farming are you doing? If my memory serves me correctly, you did something to deserve that little prank!

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