Wednesday, December 2, 2009
A mast-straight oak tree two and half feet across had been standing over my parents house and the treemen finally dropped it down over into the woods. So my father and I sweated off the turkey and stuffing with cant hook, maul and chainsaw. He'll be 70 this May and his knees don't like to carry logs up rough hillside any more. So my task was to move the wood up for us to split and haul and stack.
There had been 13 for Thanksgiving this year. The feasting was wonderful, as usual, though Mom was annoyed that the farm had given her a huge 26 pound tom instead of the tastier hen she'd ordered. Fred came up from New York and Dan came down from the Poconos with his friend Dowling. Chris returned from traveling in Texas, and Cathie and Eric supplied a miniature dachshund and a 16-month-old Bridget. (Bridget was in an impatient tyrannical mode, but loved to go outside and pick up shards of hickory shells from under the trees.)
Everyone but me trickled away back to their homes Friday and Saturday.