Adding Meaning to Thanksgiving

Michael and Angie Helping Gathering Firewood

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On the Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend our son Michael and daughter-in-law Angie dropped in on a surprise visit. And what a surprise it was! They came to help  to get some firewood out of the Taite Creek area. While my foot had healed quite well over the past eight weeks, our family doctor insisted that I should not yet go into the woods picking mushrooms or cutting firewood. So the following photo essay will express our joy and appreciation for what Michael and Angie have done for us.

After Michael's truck was loaded with logs from a large pine tree, Michael cut down a larch for my small trailer.After Michael’s truck is loaded with logs from a large pine tree, Michael cuts down a larch for my small trailer.
Still having to be careful with my right foot, I cut the fallen tree into small pieces, while Michael carried them to the trailer,Still having to be careful with my right foot, I cut the fallen tree into small pieces, while Michael carries them to the trailer.
When there was still room for more logs on the trailer, Michael cut down another pine tree.Because there is still room for more logs on the trailer, Michael cuts down another pine tree.
Since the fallen pine tree was blocking the road, Michael cut the middle section out of the tree.Since the fallen pine tree is blocking the road, Michael cuts the middle section out of the tree.
05He expertly accomplishes this task by two undercuts and then proudly presents himself with the chainsaw for the photo above.
Then it was my turn to cut the large section into logs that Michael carried to the trailer.Then it is my turn to cut the large section into logs that Michael then carries to the trailer.
07Standing behind our trailer, I am looking thankfully at the load of pine and larch firewood.
08With a truck full of precious firewood, we are thankful and all smiles. Even Piper, the miniature Australian shepherd, appears to make a happy face.
09In the meantime Biene and Angie had been scouring the woods for those elusive pine mushrooms and are showing off their loot.
11Now it is time to bring home the treasure to keep us warm this coming winter season.
12While I am taking pictures, Michael and Angie are unloading the truck. What a joy in a father’s heart!

After all this hard work, we all sat down for an early Thanksgiving dinner that Biene had so lovingly prepared before our outing into the woods.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!