Oh boy, where to start. I suppose I could start with, I’d love to introduce you to our brand new bunnies. Meet Thumper and Daisy!!!
Believe it or not I built this bunny hutch, with some help but most of it was spent in many hours alone in frustration and misery 😉…but seriously.
With absolutely zero building experience. Well I suppose some of you would have seen my sad (but functional) shelf I made out of pallets. This was probably the longest and most consistent I have been out of my comfort zone since as long as I can remember.
I suppose it could be fun to do with friends, or a handful of people over the weekend with those that know what they were doing but this wasn’t the case. I was more stressed out trying to figure out the whole thing more than anything.
I really dislike asking for help, even more I dislike borrowing things. I’m more worried about breaking them, losing them or the person is waiting for them back so they can use it. So that was on my mind along with trying to figure out how to build something like this.
I think in situations like this you figure out who is reliable and who you can count on and who might leave you hanging in the future when you’re this far outside of your comfort zone. But you also learn a lot about yourself as well.
As much as I wanted to quit or tear everything apart multiple times, I pushed on. I don’t feel like I’ve ever been good at quitting which has served me well in most cases. Although knowing when to cut your losses and move on is also important to understand.
I’ve always felt like you can do anything you put your mind to. And sure a project like this would seem trivial to many but not to someone that couldn’t even figure out the right staples or screws to buy 😳.
I’m more than fortunate to have Dorothy by my side helping in any way she can. No matter how deep of trouble I get myself into, starting projects I have no clue about, she’s always there for support and encouragement.
And a giant shout out to Cody, who saved me many times over. I’d still be banging my head against the wall trying to figure out how to square a door if he didn’t stop by or answer my dozens of questions. At one point we pulled a good portion of the structure apart to square it so the doors would fit which eliminated hours of work. But I appreciate that more than I can express to get a structure up that will last and not look like it’s about to fall over.
So here’s my bunny hutch experience. This is what 3, 8-12 hr days looks like when trying to build something when you can’t remember the last time you used a drill.
I still can’t believe we have bunnies. But they have a good home and they have a structure I can be proud of. Even though it’s not going to win any carpentry awards I’m happy with it and I guess at the end of the day that’s all that matters.
Thanks to Chance for sharing his bunny passion with me, for the bunnies and for getting me started. And to everyone else that offered a helping hand along the way…
This was a good lesson for me in many different ways, and although I didn’t enjoy much of it, the experience isn’t one that I’d return if I had the opportunity.