I’m On the Nightrain

Guns N’ Roses indulged in the classic 80s excess Americans enjoyed before the ever-disappointed slab of alternative music cooled teen America in the 90s. I’m not being critical of the 90s music scene, as I was very much a part of it (and ever-disappointed) as anyone else. I loved it, and still do today. Here, have some R.E.M.:

That’s for mainstream America, because it’s accessible. Here’s a young Corvidae’s jukebox in the 90s:

Back to my original thought. The song “Nightrain” has the musical feel of the steam-powered battering ram that is my drive. I’ve been told several times I’m “intense” in conversation, and what people don’t understand is that it’s an extension of my ambition. It’s steady and slow to yield, much like a locomotive. If I retire for the night, you can be rest assured I’ll be back at it soon enough until the job is done.

Today marks the first anniversary of the purchase of Stonefield (my house). I’ve marked the occasion with the completion of the walnut table. It has turned out reasonably well, but has taken over two weeks and $150 to get it back into service. Not many of my contemporaries have that tenacity anymore. I often see people let tasks slide to the point of decay, as this house would have been a perfect testament to that a year ago. It’s far from remodeled, but it’s at least comfortable now.

Before

Before

After

After

I find it very rewarding completing a job without quitting. In fact, I think my personality is primarily based on goal achievement. The happiest moments in my life were the times I have nailed all the goals I set for myself. The lowest were the times I couldn’t complete the simplest of tasks. I’m actually an active person. I need to sweat to feel good, and this feels wonderful.

Now that my chores are done for the day, I think it’s time to stop by the local bar and celebrate. Cheers!

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8 thoughts on “I’m On the Nightrain

  1. Susan Sassi says:

    That is beautiful! Very impressive!

  2. The table looks really excellent – you’ve made the wood glow. By the way, I like the name Stonefield….it seems a very suitable name for a house of yours.

    • Thank you! I think the patch tests at the hardware store were well worth it. I was able to pick a stain that brought out more character in the walnut. At first, I thought it was going to come out more red, but the stain went a different direction after a few days. It wasn’t in a bad way, though.

      I agonized for months over my house name, but it suits the property well. No one here to my knowledge names their house, and that is a bit of a disappointment. It add personality to the property, but then again rural folk aren’t really known for their eccentricities.

  3. mrsugarbears says:

    Absolutely lovely. I have refinished a lot of pieces in my life and I know the energy and dedication it takes to complete a piece. You did a wonderful job. I look forward to seeing more or your projects. 🙂

  4. Love the table. It turned out well.

    We have a name picked out for our mountain retreat, should it ever get built. I am with you. Names for houses are cool. I spent last week in The Weary Piper.

    • It’s all about making life fun. I happen to enjoy naming inanimate objects (i.e. Christopher Caulkin’ for my caulk gun, Facor’s my car, etc.). This makes life more fun for me, and I feel like there’s more invested in the house.

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