Yesterday was a beautiful day for what the Stetser Household calls the “Domestic Workout”. This is a workout that involves cutting trees, moving brush, and stacking wood. The other term for this is the “Woodpile Workout”.
Here’s how it works:
1. The chainsaw and all equipment are prepared the night before. No need getting people ready to work, and have no work to give them. Also, safety equipment is ready. Everyone is going to stay safe while working.
2. A hearty breakfast is served early. We want to get the work done before the bugs are too active. We also want to be on the deck drinking iced tea by the time it is hot out!
3. Wear protective clothing! I wear overalls, a long sleeve shirt, heavy boots, and heavy work gloves. I also have a hard hat and protection for my ears when the chain saw is in use.
4. We work together. We try to start together, and end together. If the phone rings, we don’t answer it. We’re getting our winter wood supply ready, and we don’t want to be distracted.
5. Small loads. We would rather carry 10 small loads of wood than 6 large loads.
6. Take breaks! When we get tired, we stop for a few minutes. It’s worth it!
7. Put all the equipment away before calling it quits! Let’s not lose the hand saw or the work gloves!
I love the earthy smell of fresh cut wood. The squirrels and birds seem to like it too.
When the day’s work is done, we bring out some healthy food. Today I made some sautéed bok choy with prosciutto and rice. It was delicious. Hard work, good food and wood drying on the porch. Life is good!
I love this old quote. It is such a true saying!
"Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice." ~Henry Ford