I tend to be a big money, big project kind of girl. Jobs that I can crash into head-on, without a helmet. But little things? Like buying the impulse items at the grocery store check-out or fixing a nail hole? Those things give me heart palpitations. Buying just a $5 magazine is enough to put me into a full head-to-toe sweat because of the cost. But I’ll happily plunk down $1,000 on a big-ticket item. I’m not completely sure why I’m like this, but chances are it’s because I know how easy it is to waste money and how hard it is to save it.
Big-ticket items are the kinds of thing I save for, so I don’t feel all that bad buying them. But a package of Juicy Fruit® gum!? That’s, like, probably $1! Or more! I wouldn’t know because I’ve never in my life purchased a pack of gum on impulse. Why do that when you can just chew on grass, which is free?
Along the same lines, if you told me I had to paint my entire house over the weekend, I might roll my eyes but I’d get it done. If you told me I had to unload the dishwasher, I’d probably go completely stiff and pass out sideways. I’m very much like a fainting goat that way.
So, big things are great, little things are scary. This explains why I’ve had two rotting window boxes barely hanging onto the side of my house for four years. I just couldn’t bring myself to take them down and build two new ones. I understand that it seems like a big job to some of you, but it really isn’t. Building a window box is a ridiculously quick and easy job.
I finally broke down and completed this job because this spring, I grew all of the plants for the window boxes. And I didn’t want to risk all the work of growing the plants under grow lights only to have the planter boxes crash to the ground and kill them all in the middle of summer. That would definitely make me faint like a goat.
I built the planters in a couple of hours, and you can too.