Lois and I Lived Here!
Our Son’s Ski Chalet in Calabogie, ON
Stan Speaking: Did You Ever Notice, that sometimes, small accomplishments make you FEEL GREAT!! I wrote this article two years ago, 2016 while we were living in our son’s ski chalet in Calabogie, ON. (Add two years to my age!!)
Stan Begins: When you are 80?? How will you feel?? How active will you be??
Things change dramatically as you age! Some of us seniors struggle to dress! Balance is not good; especially on one leg! And when your toe catches whatever it is you are putting on, you become as frustrated as one does in mid life, as he/she waits on an extended traffic signal!!! And heck, we have not even gone down stairs yet?
If is now 14:30 and as you can tell, I am sitting at my computer!! Rather than tell you about that, I am going to tell you how I spent my morning!! Got up; came down stairs; turned on the Furnace and lit the Wood Stove.
Following breakfast, I tidied up part of my woodpile; wood is piled right on the side porch; picked up the Chain Saw(( Readers who have a knowledge of Trees/timber, will know the tree in the pic IS NOT POPLAR)) and proceeded to fell a tall Poplar Tree** I had had my eye on for some time!! The tree was the “right size”. Had better explain: It was sufficiently slender to eliminate the need to SPLIT it before burning!! It was sufficiently middle agish to ensure a good burn!! I felled the tree, cut it in burning lengths, hauled it to the deck and piled it!! Although I took more than one rest; although my back ached from picking up the wood; although I struggled when pushing the wheel barrow through the snow; I felt “oh so good” when the job was done, when the wood was successfully piled. It was as though I had demonstrated that us seniors can still do something useful!! For those of you who have built your own home, you will be able to understand what I am attempting to explain.
Stan McCormack writing in Calabogie, ON on 2016 12 08. Posting on 2018 09 19.