putter  verb  put·​ter | \ ˈpə-tər  \ puttered; puttering; putters

Definition of putter (Entry 3 of 3)

NORTH AMERICAN - gerund or present participle: puttering

  1. occupy oneself in a desultory but pleasant manner, doing a number of small tasks or not concentrating on anything particular.

  2. move or go in a casual, unhurried way


Otherwise known as "The hurrier I go, the behinder I get", to quote Lewis Carroll. Puttering is doing something which could be done conventionally in half the time it takes to do it unconventionally, or, creatively. Creative takes time and thought, sometimes research -- because you thought you saw something similar somewhere. Was it a magazine? Pinterest? Facebook? 


Puttering costs more, because you are always missing at least one thing you need to complete the task. Puttering is messy. Always messy. But my Mama used to say if you're not making a mess you're not doing anything. 

Here's what I'm puttering with right now:


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Organize, Organize, Organize

A typical street conversation during the hot, sticky summers of Virginia:

"So, how've you been?"

"Hot. You?"

"Me, too. What have you been doing about it?"

"Oh, just roaming from one air-conditioned place to another."

"Me, too."

So, when Fall drops like a cold shower on a sweet Virginia morning, suddenly the energy rises, and fall projects start to hit the list. Finally, the resurrection life of fall gives the lungs a deep push and it's out with the stale, stagnant lethargy of summer lull to the lets-get-this-DONE! Here's a list to get you started:

  • Clean out the Storage

  • Clean the garage

  • Organize the Christmas stuff you crammed in the tubs last January

  • Purge summer clothes, donate

  • Purge winter clothes, dry clean, donate

  • Organize pantry to get ready for holiday cooking

  • Plan Thanksgiving meal

  • Think about Christmas

  • Organize medicine cabinet - throw out old meds, makeup, supplements