Sunday, October 28, 2018

Splitting wood in the rain is just about as much fun as you can imagine

I gripped the maul and eyed the round balefully. Usually splitting wood comes pretty easily to me; I've had lots of practice. But these rounds had been sitting in the fall rain for some time, and were spongy and unyielding. No need to lift weights today, I thought.

To top it off, a torrential rain beat down on my head. And it was my own fault.

I had split a few rounds here and there during the summer, but on sunny, warm weekends, who wanted to do chores? Not me. Putting it off until nearly November meant that the snow was soon to fall (in fact, some was forecasted the following week). I had no choice.

People sometimes look at my many hiking adventures and express admiration that I can get out so much with a full-time job. What they don't see is that I make choices, and one of them can be neglecting chores. I choose not to have a spotless house, for example. And I end up doing the needed chores at times that aren't quite optimum. Unlike my neighbors T&T, I don't have nicely sorted by size pieces of wood stacked and ready to go by the end of the summer. In fact, I can be sometimes found chopping kindling at dawn during a snowstorm. Sorry, late sleeping neighbors!

Humblebrag, I split all of the wood in this photo.

So this weekend wasn't one of beautiful trail runs or hikes. Instead it was..chores. On Saturday I joined a work party to do maintenance at the backcountry ski hut. It wasn't really my idea of a good time to chop MORE wood, and I'm not even a backcountry skier, but the company was good, and we heard wolves howling in close proximity, so that was cool.

I feel like if you use the trails or the amenities, you should give back to them. If you can't physically do trail work, you can donate money to trail maintenance organizations. I've heard people say that our taxes should pay for clear trails. Well, they should. But they don't. I won't go into the tiny budgets for trails that agencies get.

So to sum it  up, into every life a few chores must fall. And I'd write more, but the wood is calling.


Happy hut maintainers



10 comments:

  1. Nice to see you in the photo, M & J!

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    1. A rare sighting of two of us in the same place.

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  2. I have always been one of those people that has to get the chores done before allowing myself to do anything 'non-productive' and with a full-time job that leaves very little time for recreating.
    It Is all about priorities I guess, but I haven't figured out how to change them without feeling guilty. If I play hooky and fret over all the things that aren't getting done then I don't enjoy it anyway. Sigh. I can continue to aspire to it though!

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    1. Unfortunately I go do the fun things but fret to myself that I didn't do the chores! So I aspire to be better at accepting my choices.

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  3. I use to be a chores before fun gal but somewhere along the way I learned to let chores go so I could have more fun. Now I let them go and go and go . . I really need a chore fairy.

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    1. Me too! Also I need to lose a house because it's 2 × the chores.

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  4. Reading this makes me feel very lazy. :)

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    1. Haha, I am sure your house is cleaner than mine!

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  5. I hope you have managed to get it all done. It is not a chore that has to be done here, but it did bring back memories of the the woodpile on the farm when we were kids. Loads of cut length logs would be delivered but every so often there would be timber offcuts. Whole afternoons would be spent creating whole villages of houses and roads. The 'lego' of the sixties.

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    1. I am chipping away! Unfortunately it rained some more. The rounds were dry but now they are waterlogged. Must not procrastinate!

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