Monday, November 2, 2015

A review of my goals

As part of my goals for myself is to do a better job setting and keeping goals. So far I have been doing okay this year, but I still have more I would have liked to complete that probably will not all get done.

The unplanned remodel of the the house still has my free time wrapped up, even though the project is done, the task of getting everything back to where it goes is just beginning. There is some good news in my model railroading world. My wife has decided to move her studio from downstairs to upstairs and has allowed me to have a area to work on projects. By now I would have thought my shed would be well on its way, but the needed upgrades are cost prohibitive. We have decided to convert it back into a gardening and storage shed ans I will be setting up my modules in the garage. This will allow me space to work and run on my modules when the time and weather permits. My wife has also made a comment about me being able to build a shelf layout in the spare room. No promises, but I may have a home layout to work on in 2016.

So as for goals in 2015

1) Finish that house, so close yet so far away (project 1 when I get my workbench back together)
2) Finish Had's McCulloch Chain Saw Shop (project 2 when I get my workbench back together)
3) Finish ground throw pulls on Madras Modules  (Done for now, may convert to tortoise)
4) Basic Scenery completed on Madras Modules (Basic scenery on one module has been completed, the other two I have the base coast down and need to finalize building locations.)

I will post a year in Review at the end of December along with a list of goals for 2016.


  1. How "finished" is the garage? I know mine can be miserable in the winter, and then there are the spiders, and the dust, and the general dumping ground - all the cardboard boxes from Amazon deliveries, etc. I am fortunate to have an upstairs room in which to put a shelf layout high enough to have space for a workbench beneath, but I'm not sure how I'd make the garage livable enough to build a layout. Although, the cat box is in the room with the trains and I have no end of dust to deal with as a result. I guess it is all about compromise, unless you have a purpose-built space.

  2. The garage is not finished at all, but it will allow me to set my modules upright, instead of laying on their sides or backs. I figure I will be more likely to do something with them if I can actually get to them and make progress. My plan is to complete the module set that is at my office, then finish up the modules i have at home. Once those are done I will start on building a shelf layout in the house.