Tracking / Sisters / Firewood

mackow_greenhouse (2 of 2).jpg

Jared and I hear footsteps outside the greenhouse. Our son, Beren, leaps through the doorway. "Surprise!" he yells.

"How did you find us?" Jared asks.

"I tracked you. One set of footprints was a dead end, and the other led here," he replies.

My boy.

///

Sometimes, I go back and hold the hand of my younger self. "It will be ok, little sister. You will survive. I promise you. You are doing ok."

Today, I faltered a bit, inside. "Little sister, you'll be ok," I heard. Thank you, big sister.

///

 Except for the Fiskars axe, everything about this picture is wrong. This forked Norway maple is unsplittable and your love will think you an fool who should have invested in a hydraulic splitter all along.

Except for the Fiskars axe, everything about this picture is wrong. This forked Norway maple is unsplittable and your love will think you an fool who should have invested in a hydraulic splitter all along.

Splitting firewood is good for self esteem. I recommend it.

Necessary props:

1. Fiskars X27 36" Super Splitting Axe. Fiskars is not paying me. This splitting tool saved our backs. I like my back and your back, too. This lightweight tool is truly "super". Jared read an online review for the tool, to which I owe my upper body, so I am passing on the know recommendation. We gave it to my father-in-law who said, "Finally, a useful gift." Take it from a truly handy man.

2. Straight grained wood. I can't tell you where to find this because there are many wood-crazy people with trucks, like me, who skulk around looking for legitimately unclaimed wood. Because I am self-employed, work at home, and rise late, I am hardly on the road. So, someone else already got the good wood anyway. Despite my husband's admonishments, I pick up the knotty, twisted stuff that the early risers passed up. Better luck to you.

3. A person whom you find attractive who admiringly says, "Yeah!" every time you send another piece of split wood flying across the yard.

After that, you are all set for a few days. Enjoy your self esteem and excellent love life.