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Tools For Homestead Cleanup Day

Old metal bathtub to be hauled off

In the next few weeks some of my family members and some of my friends are meeting at the homestead for a cleanup day. The area we are cleaning up has not been used in close to 30 years. During that time various family members dropped off unwanted trash, such as a hot water heater, large box fan, tin, fence wire,,, and other odds and ends.

Pine trees, sweet gum and oak trees have been growing in this same area.

We have three things to take care of – clean the brush out, cut some small trees down and pull the metal trash out so it can be hauled to the recycler.

Stihl chainsaw with 18 inch bar

Chainsaw fuel and bar oil

Axe

Splitting maul

8 pound sledge hammer

Machete

Chains for pulling logs with the truck

Files – for sharpening axe and chainsaw

There is an oak tree down in the back of the field. The plan is to cut a 2 feet section of the trunk for a chopping block.

As we cut down some of the small pine trees, they will be cut into sections that can be split and thrown on the fire. Split wood burns better then non-split wood.

What Are We Leaving To Future Generations

While my wife (Kristy) and I were doing some shopping a couple of weeks ago, Kristy picked me up a breakfast bowl of eggs, turkey sausage and potatoes. The bowl had something like 240 calories, and was microwave ready.

Instructions said to take the bowl out of the package, poke a couple of holes in the plastic wrap, then microwave for 2 minutes.

For something that had been kept in the freezer, the potatoes, eggs and cheese tasted ok. Fresh eggs taste a whole lot better.

As I was getting ready to throw the bowl away, I asked myself if I should wash the bowl out and keep it? The bowl was something like 3 – 4 inches across and maybe 2 inches deep. This would have made a perfect breakfast bowl for the grandkids.

I ended up throwing the bowl away. Now that plastic bowl will probably sit in a landfill for 10,000 years,,, depending on what kind of plastic it was made out of.

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