And doing those little bits has a way of warding off frustration too. Case in point:
My busy time of year at work is finally over, but basement time is still hard to come by. Too many things got deferred while I was working late hours, and this week and next week will be busy with a 20th anniversary, a long weekend trip away, and parents visiting from way down south. All good things, to be sure, but not compatible with lots of time on the layout.
So last night I figured I'd head downstairs "for just 5 minutes or so" to see what I could accomplish. Here's what I saw...
|Remnants of winter training - the physical kind, rather than the railroad kind - needed to be picked up and stored away.
|The under-the-staging-yard area had become a dumping ground of miscellany - especially bad since the cardboard boxes tend to soak up any basement weeping that occasionally happens in that corner.
|More winter training remnants - this shelf held my iPad for watching TrainMastersTV during workouts
|It's already looking better! Those L-girders on the wall will support East Haddam, eventually.
|Much nicer and makes it much easier to move around under there.
|The turnback curve between East Haddam and Deep River will be there in the corner.
So, whatever you do, don't make the mistake of thinking you don't have enough time for your layout. True, you may not have the luxury of hours at a time, but even few minutes can make a huge difference if you put enough of them together.