January 21, 2011

Time to Replace the Shed?

Although Neil Young's Long May You Run was clearly written about a car, I'm thinking that it kinda relates to my shed right now ...

We've been through
some things together
With trunks of memories
still to come
We found things to do
in stormy weather
Long may you run.

It's been quite a while since the shed passed the tipping point. There's been no room to move in years. Every spring clean up reduces the clutter a bit, but there's literally no getting around it.

This winter brought the long awaited arrival of a snow thrower. Although the big orange beast is residing in the garage until spring, it's time to think of the seasons ahead. There might be just enough room for big orange (the snow thrower) along side big red (the tiller) and big green (the lawn tractor). But that's no way to live.

I didn't build my own shed purely for storage reasons. Yet, that is what it has become over the years ... a place to simply store stuff, out of sight, out of mind. A place to get things out of the elements, sheltered from the rain, ice, and snow.

The shed was an awesome place to hang out on a cold sunny winter's day like today. The south-facing windows still pull in a remarkable amount of warmth. But there's no place to stand up, let along sit down ... unless you sit on the tractor.

While I have grandiose plans for a big backyard barn that I may never build, the ultimate fate of the little greenhouse shed is undecided. If I do get to build the barn, I'd tack on enough space to store all of the motorized gadgets and garden tools ... and the old shed could find its original intent.

Posted by geekbooks at January 21, 2011 04:26 PM


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