So I managed to successfully (?) complete my first challenge of my 100-ways-to-shake-things-up-in-one-year challenge! My friend Jenn and I holed up in the workshop out in the barn to build 2 bird feeders. We measured, cut (not necessarily in that order), sawed, banged nails, laughed and swore only a few times.
I found plans for a fairly simple bird feeder online (see photo to the left), managed to rustle up some various and sundry pieces of wood from one of the barns, pulled out some tools and nails, and then pretended to know how to use a skill saw.
Let me be clear on something. I have never made a bird feeder in my life, nor anything even remotely resembling a bird feeder. I have few carpentry skills so could probably not be trusted to build much more than a mouse house. Jenn and I work well together, though. She also has little experience in the hammer and nails department and we both agree that there is value in “eyeballing” things and not necessarily going to the trouble of pulling the measuring tape out every single time.
After about 4 hours, we became the proud owners of 2 fine (ahem) new bird feeders, which will help feed many of our feathered friends for an entire winter (if we’re lucky).
While we hammered away at our little project all afternoon, I smiled because I realized that had I not created this slightly crazy challenge for myself, I would not have taken the time to even think about building a bird feeder. It was then that I realized I am on the right path…I am excited to keep trying new things (or things that I’d last done so long ago, they may as well be new)! So don’t forget to throw some ideas my way, either via comments or by email.
Before I head to bed and dream of black and blue thumbs (I’m saying nothing…) I want to ask you one question: What is something you never thought you could do but might give it a try once you really give it some thought? Comment below and share your own thoughts…and what might be holding you back!