Many years ago, when Hubby and I got married and decided that a 25 acre farm , lots of kids, and three children was a way to stay out of trouble, we needed bedding for the barn. The gypo logger across the street needed a place to put the sawdust from his operation, so he would dump it in front of our barn door. The goats had fresh cedar and fir bedding. The aroma was wonderful, and when they were done with it, we fertilized the garden. You might say we recycled trees.
Anyway, we have been busy helping change trees into houses for folks that need decent affordable homes. It is something we can do now, but won’t be able to do later in life.
I have a list of tools I have learned to use and their uses for the uninformed among my readers:
· Hammer – a weapon used to hit thumbnails.
· Screwdriver – miniature pry bar or digging tool
· Ladder – a device made to scare height challenged people, and something to fall off of for those not scared of it.
· Pry bar – used to measure short distances
· Measuring tape – a mechanical device that comes out of its shell, but refuses to retract when desired, and retracts when least expected, especially when perched on top of a ladder, holding on with toenails
· Pencil – an ever dull piece of wood with graphite hidden within
· Square – a little triangle that does not fit nicely in a builder’s apron
· Hard hat – a nice decoration for the back window ledge of the car.
· Box knife – a device to cut fingers, but not anything it is supposed to
· Chalk line – An amazing tool for getting florescent chalk all over the user.
· Pneumatic nailer – A tool designed to let the neighbors know that someone is working via loud sounds imitating the shooting of a rifle. (Throws the nails about as far too.)
· Chop saw – great for salads
· Table saw – where lunch is served
· Skill saw – a device made to remove legs and fingers quickly.
I know the women will understand if I say that we are smart and make our tools multi-task. A table knife is a screwdriver, a brick, rock or hubby’s shoe is a hammer, a serrated knife is a saw, and if more is needed, we call a man.