Consistency is lacking in my MooseBoots journey. Repetition creates habits that we live instinctively. One of the planned activities that goes a long way keeping my sanity intact is our monthly outdoor skills class.
The class, which is designed for the kids, tends to meander along ... no rush and frantic flurry of activity. Our teachers do not bite off more than the kids can chew, as frustrating as that can be for some of us adults. This month was no different. I'll preface this all with the fact that we missed the first half of the class ... schedule conflict.
This month we started working on a wood shed for our semi-permanent camp site. The construction started similarly to the wigwam ... pounding upright posts into the ground. These had been de-barked and sharpened to a point and had a crotch about four feet up the length. The back uprights were not pounded into the ground, but pushed in and leaned against a couple of trees. Cross beams were added and then a few rafter logs.
The highlight, for me, was going out and searching for bark, birch and pine, from fallen trees for the roof covering. I find it calming to be in the woods, opening my senses and really searching. Perhaps, it is the forest bathing effect. I, personally, can not get enough time in the woods.
While we may not have added a really cool new skill, and we may not have created something really beautiful and useful, I must say that my MooseBoots path benefited from simply being in those lovely moments.