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  •  I have more to do than I have time for (7+ / 0-)

    They say time is money, but with none of either the ability to forage and scavenge, bodger bits and pieces into tools and make do comes down to knowing when to do what where. There is a bit of a trade off between being older and slower and better organized.

    Once snow falls, everything else comes second to cutting wood and feeding the stove, even shoveling snow so I can get in and out of the house, so the rest of the year centers on getting the wood up.

    If there is any extra time I could build cigar box guitars or do a little wood carving, but that means I need to put some wood aside for that and resist the temptation to burn it cause its dry and I'm cold. Some of my fire wood is fruit wood, apple, pear, plum and cherry so I set that aside for guitar necks and carving.

    The same applies to hunting and gathering food. At some point learning what you can and can't harvest in the way of wild mushrooms and medicinal herbs is useful. You know the wild strawberries and mushrooms become harvestable right after a rain and so do the slugs, you need to get there first and can't do that before work.

    If I had a job I couldn't do any of this stuff, and with my wife sick about 95% of my chores, all the stuff I used to assume happened by magic doesn't get done. Generally as wages fall, the time wasted going elsewhere to do someone else's work and ignoring my own chores doesn't come close to being cost effective.

    I suppose I could strive to be more efficient, generally it takes more time sharpening and organizing tools than I get to spend using them. Just cleaning the accumulated clutter out and taking it to the recycling is hard because you never know when you are going to want to cannibalize one lawnmower or lawn tractor or bicycle to fix another. Keeping my still and forge running often wait for fall. If I was perfectly efficient I still wouldn't have half the time I need.

    At the moment I have one section of roof left on the main house and scrape and paint the last section of wall at the front entrance. The garage area needs its old shingles removed and to be resided. where the bustle is tearing away from the garage proper I need to jack it back up, pull it together and close it in.

    Before I do that I have to repair the sauna where a tree fell on it, remove its crushed roof and rebuild that, remove its broken doors and windows and replace those, reshingle its walls and roof, remove and replace its insulation and the 3/4" cedar covering the walls and ceiling on the inside, then reinstall its stove. The potting shed and the snowblower shed also need to be reroofed.

    For three seasons of the year maintaining the fields and gardens, trimming the woodlot and removing the blowdowns to the wood pile, pruning, grafting, spraying and collecting the apple drop in the orchards and maintaining the fences keeps me busy. Inside the house keeping the doors and windows tight, the HVAC and chimneys clean, the MEP from leaking, the wells primed for the garden and the power on through the storms.

    My argument would be that pretty soon the rich hoarding all the money will make money worthless since if you don't have any of it you get used to not missing it.

    Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

    by rktect on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 03:23:39 AM PDT

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