I know I’m not the only one battling Corona boredom so thought I might share how I’m trying to occupy my time. Not sure it’ll help anyone but it’s therapeutic for me to be doing something!!!
Typically, I can keep myself pretty well entertained with the most mundane tasks. Reading a good book (mostly dystopian, end of the world fiction), enjoying a cigar on the deck (been to damned cold), going out for a bite to eat (yeah, right…) or playing the stock market a little (throw money in fire, watch burn, repeat).
So as my depression has deepened I’ve tried surrounding myself with a few of my favorite things. So far it’s seems to be helping.
Actually, a couple of articles in Blade magazine caught my interest of late and made me dig out my White River Firecraft knife. That’s the knife featured on the front cover of the April 2020 issue. I read the article in the April 2020 Bushcraft Knife Special Issue and was a little disappointed they author didn’t dig into the function of the knife a bit more. They kind of hit the high points but in action, it’s a fantastic knife.
My wife gets a little anxious when I play with fire on the counter top so I keep a big ashtray to try to contain most of the flames. Guess I should just be happy she’s tolerant enough to let me fool around and set stuff on fire in the house once in a while. No cigars but I’ve got a heated garage so that works.
I posted a review on the TSAK Blog back in August of last year. We spent a few days on the North Shore and it was fun putting the Firecraft to work. I’ve been a huge fan of the knives from White River Knife & Tool and own several. Erin at TSA Knives carries the line and I know her opinion of the line is the same. Great knives at reasonable prices.
The March issue of Blade had an interesting article on hatchets and as soon as the weather gets rid of our snow, I’m gonna be outside chopping wood. There are so many fantastic axes and hatchets in the store I can’t wait to try some of them out.
A real anchor helping me maintain a modicum of sanity is the camper we bought this winter. My wife got a new truck earlier this winter set up for towing and it only made sense to buy a camper to pull behind it!
Now…. I was happy with a new popup camper or….maybe even a new tent. But, in an attempt to fulfill the happy wife, happy life philosophy we got a 28′ camper. (Hmmm…maybe I did this more for myself then her.) Air conditioning, fireplace, indoor and outdoor kitchen, etc, etc. We haven’t picked it up yet but we’ve spent a lot of time planning trips and figuring out what all we need to make it perfect. These discussions have filled a lot of hours hovering over our morning coffee.
We’ve been making plans to head for a couple of campgrounds that are pretty well off the grid this summer. We have our own generator so power won’t be a problem to camp in pure comfort. In fact, it could be the perfect fixed base for hunting prairie dogs in the North Dakota heat while sitting in air conditioned comfort.
This afternoon I plan on reading the recent issue of the Boundary Waters Journal. There’s a long article about fire starting for the camper and backpacker. Perfect material for in depth analysis. Then I may spend some time trying to figure out the perfect knife for surviving in the wilderness. And of course the perfect gun if you only have one. So, so many important things to ponder.
All of these little diversions have been a big help keeping me on an even keel. A little daydreaming can go a long way to maintaining mental good health. The only bad thing is I know when we come out on the other side of this mess I’m gonna look back at all of the stuff I should have gotten accomplished and didn’t. Like painting the living room, finishing the kitchen tile….. Oh man, I’m feeling a panic attack coming on!!!! Where’s my magazine!!!