Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Splitting firewood plus thoughts about Hillary

Saturday seemed like our last gasp of warm weather for the year. It reached a rather dazzling 72F, very unusual for late October. Yesterday, however, the temperature never topped 40F. It was a good day for doing firewood.

We've had the woodstove going before this, but we were careful since our split wood supply (left over from last spring) was very low.

But we have no shortage of wood. This is our supply, which will hopefully last us about three years.

Before getting started, we had to move some ten-foot thin tamarack logs which Don cut last spring. These are reserved as garden poles (we have plans to fence in an additional portion of the garden area for an orchard). Tamarack rots slowly and is excellent for poles. So the first thing we did was pull those away from the woodpile and stack them separately so they wouldn't accidentally get used for firewood.

After that it was time to get to work. Firewood is definitely a family activity around here. Don cuts...

I split...

...and the girls divvy up the remainder of the chores. Since Older Daughter had just returned from her housekeeping job, she got the easiest task, which was to move the cut rounds close to the splitter.

Younger Daughter hauled...

...and our friend GG stacked.

Our philosophy toward firewood is: If you like heat, then you'll help with the wood chores. To be fair, no one has ever argued with this philosophy... especially since everyone likes heat. We feel this attitude has a very 2 Thessalonians 3:10 feel to it.

So anyway, while splitting wood I started thinking... has Hillary Clinton (who has presidential aspirations) ever split wood? Does she know what it takes to stay warm in the winter besides pushing a button on a thermostat?

The trouble with politicians is the vast majority of them have never worked at anything substantial. They seldom have experience on the ground floor of American life. A few have had respectable professions (physicians, etc.), but too many of them entered politics at a young age and have never done anything else. They are completely and totally out of touch -- not only with what it takes to make an honest living, but also with all the elemental things to survive (cutting firewood, growing food, raising livestock, building shelters, etc.).

And then Hillary has the unmitigated gall to claim that businesses don't create jobs. If she has such a poor grasp of economics, how much less of a grasp does she have on what it takes to survive in this world outside of her political ivory tower? And yet she claims she can guide and steer our nation because of her comprehensive knowledge of it?

Our friend GG said it best: "Hillary wouldn’t split wood even if doing so would save the country. Or actually, having her split firewood would save the country because it would mean she wasn’t in politics and instead would be living on a farm. Wouldn’t it be marvelous if there was no Hillary in politics?"

Couldn't have said it better myself.


  1. Hillary is a classic example a professional politician. A person who knows everything about nothing and has little value in the real world.

  2. First, I want to say I am not a supporter of Hillary. Having said that I rather doubt we would be wise to pit the Republicans against the Democrats. All the same I see.

    PS Wood splitting is hard work, I have done it.

  3. Here in da UP of Michigan two people make da wood. Der is da sawyer who cuts it up, and den der is da pilot who puts it in da piles.

  4. Yep, I think most Americans have become pretty tired of career politicians and political dynasties. The media is just as bad. They all sit and prognosticate but live in NYC and don't have a clue what REAL work is and how REAL folks live. If they had to work for their living or raise even some of their own food, they would faint dead away!

  5. Hillary is sorta like those female appendages on a boar hog.

  6. "Too many of them (politicians) entered politics at a young age and have never done anything else. They are completely and totally out of touch." So true! And that is EXACTLY why they should NOT be running for any office. We need people to represent us who truly know how we feel. People who have been through the same ups and downs that we have. So, WHY do we elect these people who haven't a clue how we live and even appear to have such an arrogant disdain for us? I have always tried to vote for those who are more like myself, NOT the ultra-wealthy of the country! But I seem to be one of a very small group of Americans. --Fred in AZ

  7. The only people you will get a chance to vote for that are "like us" is in local elections. The Federal elections are all shams. You will get the same government if you vote for republicans or democrats. Vote local and repeal the 17th amendment!

    Hillary is a minion.....like the rest of our lawmakers and judges at the federal level and creeping into the state levels now as well.

    Telling my city cousins to start learning some skills is like whistling in the wind. We may have a homestead full of newbies one of these days.

  8. I like to see the large majority of politicians be forced to spend a year working and living just like the "middle class" of today honestly. Splitting wood would just make it better. I have to admit we buy our firewood already split, but if we had a property that would allow us to cut our own trees for it that'd change. As it is we'd have to buy the trees....

  9. Our leaders should be citizen statesmen not career politicians. That is OUR mistake ad we will pay for that mistake. I believe that America we knew and believed in is gone and like our phony economy propped up on all sides our America is being taken over by a left wing cabal and they are using immigration both legal and illegal to facilitate it. The immediate goal is to destroy the middle class and then revolution either violent or peaceful to a Marxist socialist utopia. The time to have prevented this has passed now you can sit back and watch the collapse of the world's greatest promise being destroyed right in front of your eyes.

  10. Regarding Hillary: "What difference, at this point, does it make?"

  11. Yes, 2 Thess. 3:10. Let's look into that book a little deeper. I keep hearing that the problem is we need more laws. Folks, when has a law ever changed someone's heart? I keep hearing that the problem is Obama. The problem is the government. Wrong! They are a problem. If we study deeper, we will see that they are only being used by a far greater, more sinister power. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities (Rulers), against powers (authorities), against the rulers of the darkness of this world (world rulers), against spiritual wicknedness in high places. Eph. 6. We need to stop blaming the little problems, walk around with our eyes open, and see the real enemy. Take a look at this country. A far cry from what my relatives fought for! So, what do we do? Read in your Bibles! It tells us this will happen! This should not come as a surprise. It also tells us how to fix it. Buy guns? Yeah, sure! I love them. But that won't fix the problem. (By the way, I sold most of mine since the best I could do was shoot two at a time. What am I going to do with 10?) Here is the fix. The only fix ... and it only requires that we do what we should have been doing all along. It is the only thing that can change someone's heart. I can't change one person's heart. "All authority (pretty clear) in heaven and on earth (further clarification) has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28:18 (This means ALL of us.) And here is another thought for our country. 2 Chronicles 7:14. "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face and turn from thier wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal thier land." Yes, it's all in the book. Let's read it. Let's return to it. Let's apply it!