By Susan Schmidlin
I have always Poo-Poo-ed the thought of having a clone (I get into enough trouble with just me) but that I needed an extra set of hands to get work done. Even though that could probably get me into trouble also.
This week on the farm we had a visitor that supplied the extra set of hands and was willing to help get us caught up on all the production end of the firewood project as well as several other sidelined tasks that had been piling up.
Each day we worked on the firewood. Saws were running, as well as the tractor for moving cribs. The Super Split was working overtime with all three varieties of wood products, firewood, premium hardwood and kindling. The Gator was being used to shuffle the cut 16-inch pieces to the splitter in the barn. It was a lot of activity for one week, but we got all the 9 of the cribs emptied of wood and re-stacked.
Now the garage once again loaded with 7 of those cribs in the final drying stages for the wood. We have the large garden trailer also in the garage filled to the brim with kindling. 2 of the cribs are set in the bull barn and ready to begin the week of bundling.
With the threat of colder weather and possibly snow in the forecast, this flurry of activity at the farm came at a perfect time. The visitor is now gone but the help we got from the extra set of hands (and strong back, and willingness to jump right in) is invaluable.