Overall, the visit has been slightly less than satisfying. So far, I've cut about 15 dead trees, cut them into fire place length pieces and stacked them for splitting when I return in 4-5 months. I've burned a lot of brush and with the morning temps, used the fires for warmth too but that rain, practically every day, really sucks. However.....
....it's not just about working in the woods, I visited my soon to be 102 year-old mother who still lives an independent life other than daily visits by "Meals on Wheels", saw two children and three grandchildren, including the soccer star, jealously.....
....looked at my son-in-law's enormous wood pile and wished I could experience the satisfying feeling of striking the above cherry pieces. Usually, cherry splits easily and quick work can be made of it. That's osage orange in the background and that is difficult to split. It burns hot and I hear a cord of that sells for around $1000.
By the end of a day, not being accustomed to upper body work, I'm really tired so opt not to see old friends but had to make an exception for Kenda's Janet and Paul, at the Mellow Mushroom. It was great getting caught up and discussing the possibility they will spend 3 months in Oro Valley early next year. Southern AZ is so, so different from where they usually "winter" in FL. We'll see. Upon exiting the restaurant....
...it was of course raining, lol. Wow, New Albany has become a boom town for tech companies. Every corner has an Amgen, Facebook, Amazon, Google, etc.. gigantic building on it and now, Intel is coming. They acquired 3000+ acres, paying farmers $56,000+ per acre. A $25 billion investment to build a new chip factory. I hope all the employees enjoy rain.