Swiss Chris is 30-ish, strong, capable and full of energy. And he is pleasant. Likes to work. Wants to ‘get things done!’
It’s a nightmare. We can’t keep up! In order to keep Chris adequately engaged, we have had to enlist our nearest friends to add some workload. They, too, can easily outwork us but everyone needs a little help around wood gathering time so they were chuffed to get a ‘woofer’ loan. They let Chris loose on their pile of ‘wood-needing-to-be-chopped’. A few hours later…“So, what else you got needs doing ’round here?” They then had to go to town for more building supplies (may as well re-insulate under the house since Chris is here!). He had outworked their schedule!
Last night, as Sal and I crawled into bed after a Chris-paced work day hauling logs up the hill, Chris went back at it! He bounced up after dinner and went out in a small boat to wrangle any errant, good logs that needed wrangling over to our home base for more chopping! Tides are high at night and more logs are freely afloat. So…off he goes….
We’ve had good woofers before but we have also had mediocre and a couple of poor ones so, since you never know what you are going to get, we don’t usually plan on getting that much done. A winter’s load of wood in is a good job. That was the plan this year! OMG! If I had the materials, I could have let Chris loose and, in a week, he would have a small (maybe large) cabin built! As it is, we’ll get almost two winter’s worth of wood in and I will have to find other chores (not hard) to keep him busy. This guy is the equivalent of three average woofers. Or, to put that into more relatable terms, six of us.
Just thinking about it is making me sleepy……
The Woofing situation is almost always good. Young people. Healthy. Usually from some foreign country. They LOVE it out here and our greatest reward is that they do appreciate the beauty, they enjoy themselves, see our part of the world and maybe learn a bit of OTG’ing and a have a lot of fun and good food. If we have a woofer for a week, it is usually enough. This year, we’ll have Chris and then, a month later, Ming and her boyfriend (USA) for another week. Plus another girl for a few days. But I also suspect that Chris will be back. Translation: we will have wood! We may actually get some things done, too….
Not a helluva lot. Same ol’, same ol’. Chores. But, to be fair, we are getting slower at what we do so the chores seem like there are more of them. Chris is quite an anomaly in the otherwise glacial chore schedule we usually plug away at around here. We usually get ‘to work’ for a few hours and then ‘putz’ a bit more at something we have an interest in or is broken and needs fixing……our day is a four hour work-day, two hour-putz-day and then some goofing around til wine and dinner time. It’s a nice pace. I have even been known to nap now and again. I intend to make that a habit, actually. Everyone needs a hobby.
My real ‘hobby’, it seems, is maintenance. I rearranged the gen-set-shed with shelves, made a bathroom, and rebuilt a few pumps and engines. I now have to re-build the compost bin. Wouldn’t you know..? I built it so well, it is rotting and composting right before my very eyes! I may just point at the wood pile and mutter, ‘build, Chris, and compost will happen’….
It has been a strange year-to-date, actually. Hot weather early. Rainy weather recently. Lots of boat and kayak travel, fewer whales although we’ve seen some. Community is active ‘getting things done’ but, of course, summer is full-on time for their own chores and such and so a busy community is really extra-busy since they have to get their own homestead in shape, too. But we have done some community cleanup, organized a few projects and gatherings. Wednesday-lunches-at-the-dock are hugely popular. The place has a good vibe to it. Feels alive and thriving. That’s good.
Me? I am a little torn these days. Loose ends. I kinda wanna write another book but books #2 and #3 did NOT do well. That has to tell you something – tells me to stop writing. I kinda NEVER want to EVER travel again but that’s a bit silly, too…so I may keep it to NEVER FLYING again. Or NEVER going to an airport, anyway. I’d fly if I could launch from home….jus’ sayin’.…
I still get ‘fired up’ about politics as a rule but, strangely, Trump and Trudeau have kinda depleted my political energy reserves. They are exhausting. Like political succubi…..? It’s like watching the Three Stooges – they were never funny, but they were kinda eye-catching until you realized it was the same ol’ nonsense every time. Same for Trudeau/Trump. Need a third stooge? Ford, perhaps?
Basically, we are fine. Getting older and noticing it. Exploiting youth whenever we can. Doing what needs doing…slowly….and wondering….