We call it the Nuthouse and I have amazing views from my front deck. When the weather is nice (in the summer) I spend a lot of mornings watching the sunrise thru the trees while I do my devotions or work on messages or other writing projects. But in the long wet season, I needed a dry and warm place, and one where the library (or at least the pre-digital and critical resources) could be easily accessible. So, the Writing Shack was born! Over a year ago I started working in earnest to convert a large toolshed into my he-shed. It's a pay as you go project, and I'm not really an finish carpenter, but the light at the end of the tunnel is beginning to dawn.
The Covid-19 stay-home order makes it all the more imperative and I can retreat from the family and have a quiet and organized work space. Soon all the shelves on the left will have the books on the right transferred to them and more. I'll be able to reposition the smaller cases and sort many volumes still boxed away onto the old cases. Maybe sometime all my cases will match! But I'm excited about it. I feel really accomplished because I've never tackled this big a construction project by myself. I'm grateful to the guys from church who loaned me tools, and came out to do wiring, and helped drywall. I have a lot of ideas about what I can do to make the space even more functional. And, I have a lot of ideas for writing, recording, and video projects. it will take some time to recoup my investment, but in the long-term I think it's really going to be worth it.
The best part of the project? It's a separate work-space. It's a very short-walk out the backdoor of our house, but I because I actually have to go to work I can actually leave my work at work. I've had home-offices before. The danger for me is to always be working and never be home. Covid-19 is revealing that tendency once again as I've been putting in long hours trying to make our virtual and online experiences the best they can be, as well as spending extra time on the phone, calling and texting people I can't see or haven't seen now in weeks.
So, I'm working at home and working on my home. In the coming weeks there will be lots of projects to complete, burn piles, gardens to plant and mulch, grass to mow, garages to clean and paint to put on walls. Despite being home I'm really grateful for a place work while I'm there.