I was telling someone this morning that now that Bud is retired, our hours and days are dictated by animals’ needs and work that needs to be done around the place. Quite often, we find that we don’t have a clue what day of the week it is or what time it is at any given moment. We are moving into a pattern of going to bed shortly after the sun is down, and getting up at the crack of dawn or before. No one day is any different than any of the rest. Every day can be work day, or every day can be a weekend.
A neighbor said something about us ‘taking our time’ in getting the house finished. Though I know this neighbor meant no harm, it rankled me a little. Neither Bud, nor I have ever done any remodeling and very little repairs on any of our houses. Bud just hasn’t had the time in the past and I, well…I just don’t have a clue about most things and have MUCH doubt in my ability to ‘fix’ things. Anything I’ve tried in the past has often been a disaster. We are learning as we go. Add to that, Bud is ‘retirement age,’ and I am ‘no spring chicken’ anymore. Sometimes, if we have worked hard the day before, we need a couple of days to recuperate.
I prefaced with all of that to let you know that Bud has been worried about the cold weather coming on. We had a taste of it on our visits here over the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and YES, even Spring Break, when we had the hardest snow of all the times we visited. Lately, his priority has been fixing us up with firewood for the winter, than working on the house.
I have appreciated the care and thought that has gone into everything he does BEFORE he has started on it. After he got the dead tree cut down, he had to figure out a way to cut it into pieces without it rolling onto him. Add to that, he’s learning how to use a chainsaw. We had to take it in and get the chain sharpened. He also had to find a tool to roll the log, because you can’t cut a log all the way to the ground or it will dull your chain.
I’m very proud of how well he has worn the new hats he’s had to try on. I’m also grateful that he takes such good care of us.
I helped him load up all of the pieces of wood in the wagon and we brought them all back. Bud stacked them all up neatly. I think we are set for a while, but believe it or not, I don’t think this will last all winter. I think the neighbors think we are crazy for using the wood stove already (even though it has gotten into the low 50’s here already), but on the really cold nights, we have kept a fire because we want to gain the learning curve before the really bitter cold sets in. It has taken some practice to learn how to keep the fire going all night. Once the embers get really low, it takes a while to get it roaring again.
I’d say Bud is well on his way to honing his Lumberjack Skills. I’ll take ‘Lumberjack Skills’ any day over Nunchuck Skills.
“You know, like nunchuck skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills… Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills.”
~ Napolean Dynamite