Construction · Relaxing

Finally, I have a new goal!

I am going to make an Adirondack chair! Finding this new goal has been a journey with lots of ups and downs, but I am excited to have finally picked something well over a year after having completed my last one.

The plastic chairs we have overlooking the creek are so comfortable, and years ago a friend of mine made one from shipping pallets. I thought about trying to make one then, but the move to the farm and all the work getting to the point we are made me put it on a back burner. But I did feel lost without working toward something for myself that wasn’t work related.

I don’t remember a time when I didn’t have a goal that I was working toward until after I took my Beekeeper Certification Exam last year. I was just so tired and keeping up with work around the farm was all I could handle. I just knew I would feel rested before school started again. But I didn’t.

By the end of May, I was so exhausted, I did nothing other than go to work and collect eggs from the chickens. And that didn’t get any better as summer went on. In July doctors finally figured out what was going on and my 18 month decline finally had a name. Now I am halfway through treatment and starting to feel more like myself again.

Now, after diagnosis, I came up with a rather superficial goal of defeating a bully who plays on an opposing team of my current video game! That was a goal, but not a satisfying one. And this goal is creative and not vindictive. This new goal includes learning more than just basic woodworking skills and sticking with it until we have a chair that we can sit on. After that, I’d like to make at least one more. We have lumber that my brother-in-law milled from trees we took down to clear a space for the house, so I won’t be using shipping pallets, and the chair(s) will be even more special because they are a product of the farm.

What a difference having a goal in life makes! We all need something in our lives besides work and chores, and this is my new “something”. Watch out for more updates. I’m back, and plan to blog frequently again!

Life is good, especially when we are sitting in our plastic chairs overlooking the creek and discussing the steps toward my new project.