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...
...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.