A new job

12/06/2008 at 11:07 pm (work)

Today, I started my new job.

I wrote a couple weeks back that I was not having a good time at the then-current job. And it never really got any better, it in fact got much worse.

It got so bad that last Monday I believe that I experienced an anxiety attack. I’ve never to my knowledge experienced one before, and I hope and pray to God that I never experience any such thing in the future.

I’m not going to go into details. It was all stupid, childish boloney that should never have occurred in the first place.

But something else happened on Monday too, the library here in town called me and offered me a job.

After work that day I went in and set down with the folks there and they hired me. I am now the janitor.

And I am so unbelievably happy that I feel as though I’m about to burst.

I only work about 17 hours a week. But that will be enough to cover all of Noel and I’s needs, especially when we get a couple debts that are almost done out of the way.

Finally I’ve found a good simple job. Doing honest manual labor. And most especially a job where I will have plenty of time at home with my wife (where I belong), working on our land.

But one of the first things to be cut in our budget down-size will be the internet. So we will still occasionally post from the library. It will not be quite as often.

See y’all round!

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Scythe

11/12/2008 at 7:43 pm (work)

I finally got my scythe in the mail today!

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I am disappointed, however, in that it turns out I have to have wood glue to assemble the thing. And wouldn’t you know it? I have no wood glue!

I can’t wait to get it put together and out in my “pasture.”

I’ve waited too long to mow back there as it is. And it’ll be a chore. But now that I have a proper tool, I can keep it mowed properly. Next year mowing should be a breeze.

People will think I’m crazy. But it’s the same thing as with the axe. The scythe is a witty invention for me. The power mower is a witty invention for the folks to whom I pay my hard-earned money in order to use their “time-saver.”

Plus I intend to cut most if not all the hay I need for my livestock myself. In fact, a neighbor has a couple acres behind our houses that he pays to have mowed every so often. Maybe he’ll let me lease the land to cut hay.

PS- In case you’re wondering I purchased this wonderful tool from The Marugg Company.

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One fine cold day

10/23/2008 at 6:15 pm (work)

Today was cold. It was in the 30s this morning and it hasn’t gotten much warmer since.

We have officially moved into the kitchen and I’m sitting here next to the woodstove. It’s a crackling and I’m toasty warm. I love that wood heat! I love its smell. I love how it makes me really feel warm. There just isn’t any heat like it, no other heat makes me feel warm like this.

Anyway, today is Thursday. Which is farmer’s market day. I’ve always wanted to have something to sell at the farmer’s market, but never have.

Until today. Today was our first day selling at the market. And we did better than I thought we would do, especially considering the weather.

Our pear tree has been going nuts, and Noel’s been putting up every single bit of pear she can and we still have pear going to waste. So we figured we’d load some up and see about selling some of them.

Here I am picking some pears.

And here’s Noel picking some.

We picked for about an hour and then spent from 2:30 till 5 at the market.

And here’s our little setup shortly before we went on home. Yes, we cheated and borrowed a friend’s pickup. The weather was just too much to want to be out riding in for an extended period of time.

So we had fun with our little farmer’s market experiment, and I’m very excited for next year when hopefully we can grown a little more than we need and bring that to sell too.

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Handling an axe

09/24/2008 at 4:33 pm (work)

Learning to handle an axe, I find, is not something that I do with my mind.

My axe handling has improved a great deal in the past couple weeks of cutting wood. But I am at a loss to explain exactly how or why.

It is just something that my body is learning. I can feel when I’m doing it right, and boy do I feel when I’m not.

Even before the blow strikes, I can tell whether it will be a good hit or not.

It is really nearly impossible to describe. The ax swings overhead with all the parts of your body working in the groove they have learned, then a little release of euphoria when the steel makes a good hit and sinks itself deep into the wood sending a large chip flying.

Another thing I’ve learned about wood cutting with the axe is that it is not so much the raw force that matters, rather it is the proper application of that force.

When I really put the power behind the axe, it only makes me more tired more quickly. I really doubt that it cuts wood any faster.

But when I slow down and let my body and the axe work together the chips fly and I can go on doing it for much longer.

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Chopping wood

09/17/2008 at 6:32 pm (work)

I spent all morning and a bit of the afternoon chopping wood. I chop wood using only an axe and sometimes a small Amish-made wooden bucksaw.

Last year I found a large dead-fallen blackjack oak tree on the land where we have permission to cut wood. Several times last winter I went out and we cut up the tops and branches. About the time we got to the trunk, the weather started getting nicer and we didn’t need to cut any more wood.

Well now that our weather is turning cooler I figured it was about time to start cutting wood again. I’d been dreaming of finishing up this tree all summer, so I was happy to find that the land owner hadn’t found it and cut it up for himself! ;)

We got to the land about 9 a.m. and we left at 1:30 p.m. The log in the photo is the first of two logs that I cut out of the trunk of the tree. Cutting wood with an axe is hard work, and I am tired!

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