Brian, Reva, Jimmy & I worked all day long yesterday and boy did it feel good doing some real physical work. Jimmy said I wouldn't of ever been able to carry all the wood that I carried...and some was really big...if it hadn't been for all the riding I've done on that trike. I have built up my stamina and can ride all day now...So carrying firewood was a breeze except for one of the trees was down a hill and I twisted my left knee, just a bit, trying to carry a log that was way to big. The only reason I lost my footing was because of all of the other wood in the way. Not to worry...my knee feels fine this morning...just some slight tenderness.
I couldn't help but notice that the trees changed overnight into their fall colors. I'll post some more fall pictures in another post. It frosted the last two nights although during the day it has been in the 70's...well at least that's what it felt like...and sometimes it felt like it was 80ºF when I was carrying that firewood!
I could only take pictures when we stopped for a needed break. Brian & Reva are both disabled and did all they could but they needed very frequent breaks. Although Jimmy will be 70 next month, he can work with the best of them...He's as strong as an ox and some of the pieces of wood he moved yesterday were beyond what the rest of us could handle. Just look at the size of some of the pieces in the picture. Sometimes we had to all help push and maneuver some pieces around, but Jimmy was our muscle. I know that Brian & Reva would agree on that too.
Reva also loaded up her car trunk 3 times, single handedly and was really a big help although she had to leave to take Doug to physical therapy and then again to take him home. She did a lot of walking up and down a hill carrying wood and when it came time for us to carry it, we put the jeep into 4-wheel drive and drove down there.*LOL* There was plenty of wood nearby, I think Reva just wanted that extra exercise...what do you think?
We both got rid of our pickup trucks, thinking that we wouldn't need them again, so we hauled the firewood in this trailer...worked just fine especially for the really big stuff. No lifting required...we just tilted the trailer and rolled it on. I think it would have been harder for me to lift the wood up high enough to throw it over & into the bed of a tall pickup truck.
We're not through yet, but today it's raining...I can hear the pitter patter on the roof as I type. I think we can all use a day of rest to sharpen up the chainsaws and get things ready for the next time. Did I tell you that some of the wood had to be split before we could even move it?
Despite the hard work, I had a ball yesterday!!! It brought back memories of the days I heated with wood and would come home from work and spend time splitting wood. I loved it and I still love working with wood...I'm just a little out of shape...Well that's not quite true....I'm a lot out of shape.