…and found yourself obsessing about some extremely minor chore you probably wouldn’t even do if you were there?
For me, last month that was sharpening my splitting axe. I can think of almost anything better to do than file an axe blade. As a result, this past winter I did notice that things had gotten pretty damned dull – not that it matters most of the time because I mostly only use it to split already-cut lumber. I might or might not have ever gotten around to putting an edge on it before next winter. But I think I must have watched a solid 10% of the “how to sharpen an axe” videos on YouTube – and in case you didn’t know, that’s a lot. I came home completely pumped to fix my splitting axe.
And sonuvagun, I really did buy a new bastard file at the hardware store this morning and blow a couple of hours at the bench vice in the afternoon sun, finally doing a number on my axe edge.
If this axehead could talk, I’d ask it how it ended up lying all by itself out in the desert until I almost literally stumbled over it something like 10 years ago. It’s beat to hell, it might possibly be older than I am, but it’s a good axe for all that.