Last Saturday evening I got a call from daughter Cheryl, and she told me 15-year-old Jessica suffered a freak accident last Wednesday. It seems she and older brother Jacob were fooling around in the dining room at home, when Jessica’s chair tipped backward. When Jess “bailed out” and tried to catch her balance, she somehow struck the edge of the chair seat and got hurt. The injury caused extensive bleeding and pain, and she spent three nights in the hospital. No bones were broken and her injuries were not too severe, and she was able to return home on Sunday afternoon. As of this writing, Jessica is feeling better but still suffers some nausea due to the effects of the antibiotics or the pain medication.
I have been trying to finish up cutting pine logs for the winter, but little interruptions keep delaying finishing my last load. One day I ruined a saw chain by sawing into some gravel on the roots of an upturned spruce stump that interfered with yarding logs into the road. Then Saturday morning the front tire of my Kubota was deflated by a small log hidden in deep snow; the log struck the tire next to the wheel rim as I was pushing logs into a pile on my log yard. Wood splinters and bark broke the seal of the tire to the rim, and now I have to take the wheel to a shop to get the tire re-sealed and inflated. I only need to cut three or four more big trees!
One day last week I met Don Bennett pumping diesel fuel into the back of his pickup at the Shell station. I was there to get tractor fuel as well. Looking into Don’s pickup bed, I saw him pumping fuel into what looked like a large beer keg. “I’ve never seen anyone putting diesel into a beer keg before,” I said. “A fella has got to be pretty far gone to drink that stuff!” Don said, “You know. That keg makes a pretty good fuel tank. I found it in an old logging camp, full of really stale beer. I cleaned it up and had this pump mounted on it, and I really like it. I even had one fellow offer me $200 for it, and I wouldn’t sell.”