Light, Harvest, Chains, Limbing, Bucking, Trimming, Soreness - Monday

So sore waking up after tossing and turning much of the night. Yesterday my back was super tight and sore on my left side from all the work and this morning is very much the same.

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It is amazing the difference now without the tree standing in the way of the sun.

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The squash are near their end with only a handful still producing. The plants are all going to be coming out soon. I only got 8.25 pounds for the day but more than enough to fulfill my orders for this morning's delivery.

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The powdery mildew is voracious and has taken over the squash.

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Late morning I got all my good chains sharpened before heading back to the hill and the big tree.

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Standing on the stump the sun now actually hits the end rows which will make next year a good bit different on the planting plan.

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It took me about 40 minutes to get the thing limbed and the tip top cut off after working from the bottom up.

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I had to get creative as the tree did not break when it fell so it had a lot of pressure pushing on the top section. As I cut the wood would pinch the blade and chain so I made a bunch of half cuts which allowed the tree to flex a bit. Then I cut a longer section off and then was able to finish the cuts.

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I cut some pieces from the top but decided to buck the tree down to sections. I went down to where is was held in the air and cut a large wedge out. I then ran down to the tool shed and got my wedges and hammer. I cut vertically down into the wedge a ways to give a spot for the wedges.

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Soon the tree popped once I began the under cut and I had one section free.

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I got 2 more cuts made and now the base of the tree is sitting on a log at the base of the tree to the right. At this point I was soaking wet from sweat and needed a break. I rested a bit then had to go get the boys from school.

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Once back I swapped chains and hiked up the hill to the tree the tree service had left in a shitty spot. I began by cutting it in half to drop it to the ground. I half expected both ends to swing around down hill and take off but the trees on each end held them okay.

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The chain got sharpened uneven so the cuts ran to the left each time. I still kept going though and got a large section from the middle cut and the logs rolled down the hill. Some even thumped into the chicken yard fence. After that I was torched as my shoulders were in serious pain. I called it good on the chainsaw for the day.

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Bucket of fan leaves weighing over 5 pounds. The sheep and alpaca love getting good nibblins. My arms were destroyed after trimming from holding my hands above my head.

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I still had to go out and get some beans picked for my orders that I delivered this morning which I got about 3.5 pounds and only needed 2. The rest I cut up and cooked to have with dinner.

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@stryeyz had to work late so I had dinner ready for her when she got home. The jets alone are able to hurt me right now as tender and sore as my muscles are. I'm trying to tough it out as much as I can without needing a muscle relaxer but I may end up there soon.

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I have been to the co-op this morning and dropped the orders, then I have to sharpen chains again, pull squash plants, pick tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash before the frost tomorrow morning, make sure to cover everything in the gardens this afternoon, and get some more wood cutting done.


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When we used to have a rabbit, she loved my fan leaves! I actually think there pretty good too. Forsure a very nice treat for the animals:)

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The alpaca and sheep jump on them. God knows if they are psychoactive to them at all but I know my alpaca was freaking out and whinnying at something unseen to me a bit ago, and the leaves are all gone, LOL.

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Sounds like you need more time in the hot tub

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It's super hard to just sit there when I am looking at the farm and all my projects staring back at me. It's a lot easier to just sit when it is freezing temps out.

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Yeah I'm a shitty farmer..

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Most heads I have known have been at least adequate gardeners or farmers. Come on man!

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