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ManyLeaves
Farmgirl in Training

12 Posts

Susan
WA
12 Posts

Posted - Jun 12 2020 :  11:37:00 PM  Show Profile
My husband is a city boy. A couple of years ago when God decided that my 80 year old Douglas Fir had lived long enough and sent it to the ground, we had a lot of wood to split. I told him I was going to rent a log splitter. He said that it would cost too much, went to the hardward store, bought a maul and wedges. Then proceeded to try to splint a log by hand. Now any farmgirl will tell you green wood is not so easy to split. So after an hour of toil he had made a small dent in the log. "How much is the log splitter?" $65/day. Sigh -go get it. I came back with said splitter. He said it would take days to split all this wood. I started the splitter, just looked at him. Put the log in and pulled the lever down with my index finger - POW! 2 pieces of wood. He just stood there with his mouth open. Then he said "I guess you do know what you are talking about!" (He is still alive after that remark!). Split all the wood in 3 hours, neatly stacked and drying for next winter. I have never let him forget it! We will be moving to our place off the grid to retire in August. This should get real interesting!!!!

levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

7900 Posts

Denise
Ohio
USA
7900 Posts

Posted - Jun 13 2020 :  04:14:12 AM  Show Profile
Great story! It takes them a bit to realize we know what we are talking,about sometimes. Lol. We had some big long logs given to us a long time ago, dh cut them into pieces with the chainsaw and he and our son in law have been getting workouts splitting them into pieces sized for the furnace. Big difference between when you are used to doing it and when you're not. I see you are new to the farm here Susan. Welcome!

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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NatChap
True Blue Farmgirl

441 Posts

Natalie
Clarkesville GA
USA
441 Posts

Posted - Jun 13 2020 :  12:17:02 PM  Show Profile
Funny story, Susan! I USED to be married to a city boy. Maybe your husband has learned a thing, or two from you. Welcome to the Farm!

Keep shining!
Natalie

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HealingTouch
True Blue Farmgirl

3380 Posts

Darlene
Kunkletown Pa
USA
3380 Posts

Posted - Jun 13 2020 :  1:11:22 PM  Show Profile  Send HealingTouch a Yahoo! Message
Welcome to the farm Susan. Great story! My husband would still be splitting that wood! He never gives in! LoL! Now though he does use a splitter!
Natalie, I see the USED to be! Smart woman! LoL! Mine was a bit snarky this past week! He better behave or he might be a USED to be! Do they have a boot camp for snarky husbands?

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing,
Darlene
Sister 1922
October 2016 Farmgirl of the month

John 11: 35 Jesus wept.

When Satan's knocking at your door, just say "Jesus will you get that for me?"

When it gets to hard to stand, Kneel!







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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3283 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3283 Posts

Posted - Jun 14 2020 :  02:59:05 AM  Show Profile
lol that maul and wedges will come in handy later!! Good luck in your move.

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

5412 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
5412 Posts

Posted - Jun 14 2020 :  05:32:55 AM  Show Profile
Susan, welcome to our Farm here at the MJF Chatroom!, I would say the wood splitting saga was a possible warm up to what is ahead when you retire off the grid!! LOL!, Keep us posted when you move and all the fun you will have creating your own little paradise. It sounds very exciting . Where will this place be located?

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
FGOTM- October 2018
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NatChap
True Blue Farmgirl

441 Posts

Natalie
Clarkesville GA
USA
441 Posts

Posted - Jun 14 2020 :  2:36:31 PM  Show Profile
Darlene, Lol! After nearly fourteen years, I packed a 14-foot u-haul and drove away smiling from ear to ear. I did remarry and as good as he is in contrast....he is still in training after nearly 8 years!

Coco Chanel said, "As long as you know men are like children, you know everything!" Why didn't I read that a long time ago?! So much energy could have been conserved had I known better. The crazy cat lady persona appeals greatly as scooping a litter box is really not that taxing.

Keep shining!
Natalie

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nubidane
True Blue Farmgirl

2722 Posts

Lisa
Georgetown OH
2722 Posts

Posted - Jun 14 2020 :  3:23:52 PM  Show Profile
Log splitters are the best!! When you can, invest on one. Save your time, and your back!!!
Welcome to the farm!
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Dreamer42
True Blue Farmgirl

1802 Posts

April
Central Oregon
USA
1802 Posts

Posted - Jun 14 2020 :  3:50:12 PM  Show Profile
Welcome, Susan! Great story, I loved it! My hubs is a city boy as well... boy do I have stories I could share! I'll just share one: When my oldest son caught his first trout, I was the one who taught my boys to gut a fish, including the hubs! They were ewwwing the whole time! Lol! Every farmgirls gotta have a story or two of her own! Enjoy your new move and I look forward to hearing about your new adventures!

Dreamer42
Farmgirl Sister #7038

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HealingTouch
True Blue Farmgirl

3380 Posts

Darlene
Kunkletown Pa
USA
3380 Posts

Posted - Jun 14 2020 :  6:26:40 PM  Show Profile  Send HealingTouch a Yahoo! Message
Natalie, good for you having the courage to escape,I mean leave! LoL! I don't think they ever get out of training! Ask me how I know? LoL!

April, you go girl! Did they eat the trout? We just had trout and it is yummy!

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing,
Darlene
Sister 1922
October 2016 Farmgirl of the month

John 11: 35 Jesus wept.

When Satan's knocking at your door, just say "Jesus will you get that for me?"

When it gets to hard to stand, Kneel!







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ManyLeaves
Farmgirl in Training

12 Posts

Susan
WA
12 Posts

Posted - Jun 16 2020 :  11:13:41 PM  Show Profile
I lived on a large ranch in Colorado for 5 years. So I am well versed in "making do". We bought the place in northern WA as a second home. It is way back in the woods. I have wonderful neighbors - close but not too close. The lot size for the community is 20 acres minimum. Over the last 2 years I have made friends with my very old diesel generator, learned about electricity, batteries and solar panels. My mornings up there are sitting on the couch, drinking coffee with the dogs, watching the birds. I am so ready to retire and enjoy my "older years" up there. My husband has already learned not to say "I'm bored". I gave him a list of chores that need to be done two pages long!!!!!! Moving is not very painful so far - I take a load of stuff up with every trip.
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treelady
True Blue Farmgirl

2046 Posts

Julie
Medina ND
USA
2046 Posts

Posted - Jun 17 2020 :  07:42:21 AM  Show Profile
Welcome to MJF Susan. I hope you enjoy your time here. Your new home sounds wonderful and I look forward to hearing more about it.

A little rain can straighten a flower stem. A little love can change a life.

Max Lucado
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

15123 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
15123 Posts

Posted - Jun 25 2020 :  9:53:21 PM  Show Profile
Susan, thanx for sharing your 'City boy' story with us... lol!
and
Welcome to the forum.
>^..^<

>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com

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ManyLeaves
Farmgirl in Training

12 Posts

Susan
WA
12 Posts

Posted - Aug 01 2020 :  10:29:26 PM  Show Profile
My neighbors are the best. Last week I sudden had all the power in the house go out. None of the breakers were tripped. There was no power to the inverter, monitor panel, nothing. Everything was dead as a doornail. I searched and searched for a reset switch. Could not find anything. So I called my neighbor up the hill - I was thinking that something major and expensive had failed. He found the main breaker to the system the only place I had not looked. The power cord had halfway come out of the plug in the generator, and threw the main breaker. I had already found that and fixed it. So we threw turned the main breaker back on and Hazaah - power! Simple fix. It is a wonderful place - we all help each other when needed. There is a lot of barter, everyone seems to have different talents and strengths. In fact when they know I am there by myself I get a call on the ham radio around 10pm to make sure I am ok. The one time I was outside and did not answer - Judy came down to check on me. I do the same for her when her husband is away. I love the community.
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JeanP
True Blue Farmgirl

788 Posts

Jean
Deary ID
USA
788 Posts

Posted - Apr 01 2021 :  1:24:27 PM  Show Profile
Ran across this fun page by accident. My failing eyes misread the Aug 1 date on the posting as Apr 1. So here I am. I too have a "City Boy" story. My DH is a Pittsburgh PA born wannabe Farm Boy. Last year our Beautiful Boer doe, Ms. Piggy was struggling to give birth. A hasty call to our goat mentor told DH to don his plastic gloves and reach "in" and pull gently pull out by the legs. He did so successfully and proudly delivered a gorgeous red headed kid. We wiped the little one down and DH said, "Is it a boy or a girl? I don't see any 'equipment'" Fast call to the mentor. Answer: "Lift tail. One hole boy. Two holes girl." He named the baby Norman . . . if you've seen the movie, "City Slickers", you know why.
jean

"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at."
. . . .Stephen Hawking
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

5412 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
5412 Posts

Posted - Apr 02 2021 :  05:11:54 AM  Show Profile
Susan, welcome to MJF!! I enjoyed your story about your city boy and it sounds like he is sharpening up his rural Homestead skills for your retirement plans. Gotta have that split wood for all those cold months!!

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
FGOTM- October 2018
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Blessed in Colorado
True Blue Farmgirl

4769 Posts

Debbie L.
Oregon
USA
4769 Posts

Posted - Apr 02 2021 :  05:38:18 AM  Show Profile
Welcome to the farm Susan, I really enjoyed your story too. Men! Will they never learn we are usually right:-)

Big Hugs,
Debbie
#1582
Blessed in Oregon
Farmgirl of the Month September 2012 and February 2018

“My altars are My Mountains
and the ocean.” Lord Byron”

Women are Angels,and when someone breaks our wings we simply continue to fly on our Broomsticks. We’re flexible like that.

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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

7575 Posts

Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
7575 Posts

Posted - Apr 07 2021 :  8:52:37 PM  Show Profile
Great story, Susan! Kudos to you! (And I'm glad he still lives to tell the tale!)

Hugs,

Nini

Farmgirl Sister #1974

God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!


Edited by - Ninibini on Apr 07 2021 8:57:21 PM
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