February 28th, 2009

Kevin and Lisa

More Sawing Logs

Yesterday, after getting out the electric chainsaw and setting up for work, Lisa decided that she'd better do the actual cutting.

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And so it was that Lisa wielded the chainsaw while I shoved tree branches into position for her to cut. I also loaded them into the little rolling cart and hauled them over to the wood shed. After a while we got quite a routine going, with her coming over to help me unload the cart. I think we'll have more than a cord of wood laid in by the time we're done, consisting almost entirely of chopped-up tree branches.

We did a whole bunch more cutting today, at least until the rain started to fall again and it seemed prudent to put the electric chainsaw away. Lisa was very pleased with the whole operation, and thanked me -- it was my idea to buy a light electric chainsaw for this clean-up work, rather than trying to wrestle the heavy, balky, gas-powered one her father has.

We took many other photos yesterday, but I'm way too tired to write more about it tonight. I'll probably post a longer story as a back-dated entry when I get some time in a day or three. Besides, because we were working while the sun shone the rain didn't fall, we haven't gone grocery shopping, so we'll head into town to restock soon.
Hugo Sign

We Didn't Forget

I cast my own Hugo Awards ballot a couple of days ago. I reminded Lisa this afternoon that if she had anything to nominate this year, today was the last chance. So during one of our breaks from sawing up fallen tree limbs, we fired up the computer, went to the Anticipation web site, and she read off her nominations to me. (She doesn't use an internet-connected computer, nor does she have an e-mail address, so she leaves this all up to me.)

Note to those people convinced that only people that read hundreds of books are "qualified" to nominate: Lisa hasn't read or seen a whole lot this past year. In some categories, she, like I, nominated nothing at all. However, she knows what she likes and nominated those things and people. She understands that it takes the aggregate of all the members' opinions to get a better result. Anyone who has a Worldcon membership and fails to nominate "because I haven't read enough" (as opposed to "because I haven't read anything at all," which isn't the same thing) is doing everyone a disservice. Don't nominate stuff only if you think other people will do so. Nominate the things you like, regardless of what you think other people will think about them.