We are a household of man, wife, one bulldog, two maine coon cats, and two bonus daughters (14 and 8) every other weekend and once a week. This, in itself, keeps one’s stress level at an even 7 with work, dinner, laundry, cleaning, miscellaneous chores, sports, vets, keeping a smile on my face, etc. Throw a pool / fence / deck install into the mix and that stress level skyrockets to an 11. Budgeting has taken on an entirely new meaning. Time management is a thing of the past. Now we just do what we can in the hours that we’re awake and leave whatever is left to the list for the next day (or week…don’t judge).
I miss the UPS truck stopping at our house. I miss seeing ten o’clock. I miss attitude-less conversations with my bonus daughters. I miss the times when there wasn’t a dog snoring between me and my husband in bed. I miss my normal resting heart rate.
While I miss all of these things, I can’t begin to explain how excited I am knowing that a few months of this level of stress will be worth it when we can open our brand new pool in the late Spring next year and RELAX while floating on a raft or sunbathing on a chaise lounge or entertain in a rocker by the fire pit. None of these things would have been possible without a little extra stress.
So I say, bring on the stress!! If all payouts are like this, then bring-it-on!!