Reading about someone building themselves an equipment shed has set me to thinking again about the kinds of things I mentioned in yesterday’s post about the DIY lifestyle.
Most of the improvements on our farm were done while I was still commuting and generating paychecks.
I’m glad for things we had done in those days. Our shed, for example.
We keep our tractor, lawnmower and utility vehicle in it, as well as our net fencing, chainsaw, rotary tiller, hay mower and assorted other stuff.
But it’s most important use these days is as the location of our wood-burning boiler. When we had the shed built we didn’t have plans to put in a stove like that. Luckily for us, when we decided to do that the shed location was well-suited for it. Thanks to the boiler, we’re able to keep our house toasty warm all winter with wood from trees that have fallen naturally on the farm.
We have to accept our own limitations and work with what we have. As satisfying as it would have been for me to build my own shed, in this case I’m glad that I just went ahead and hired someone to do it. I suppose if I had no other choice I could build a shed, but it would no doubt take me a long time and be a laughable structure when finished. In hindsight I’m glad that as we approached the finish line I was trading my labor for sensible things.