Met new neighbors

Backwoods Savage Posted By Backwoods Savage, Feb 9, 2013 at 5:49 PM

  1. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage
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    So with the snow yesterday, after plowing our driveway and the neighbor's, I decided to check on some new neighbor's. I used to plow snow for the other folks who lived there. Found they did not have the driveway cleaned so I just did it.

    So they come out and we chat for a while. Nice folks! During our talk I asked if they planned on burning any wood in their fireplace because I had noticed the wood pile had not shrunk since they moved in. No, they do not plan and if I burn wood it would be fine with them if I'd move it out of there. Okay, I think I will. Funny part is, I was also the one who stacked it there. ;lol So the wood will come back home again.
     
  2. thewoodlands

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    Let me guess Sav, ash?
     
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  3. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage
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    Gosh, I think it might be zap! ;lol
     
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  4. thewoodlands

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    We have some on the hill behind the house, when I was checking that area in the fall some of the ash looked in tough shape, just more work.
     
  5. Backwoods Savage

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    It never ends.
     
  6. fabsroman

    fabsroman
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    Wish I had the luxury of "working" on trees on my own property versus having to scrounge from others. Worst case scenario, just let mother nature take care of them if the "work" becomes too unbearable.

    Dennis, glad to see you are like my neighbors. The first week we moved in, almost 2 years ago, we got 5 inches and one of my neighbors came over and plowed what was left on our driveway (i.e., we had been shoveling for over an hour). When my wife saw what his tractor could do in 2 minutes, she gave me the green light for whatever size tractor I want.
     
  7. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage
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    Thanks fabsroman. I also fondly recall a widow who used to live near us. One summer day many moons ago the temperature was 100 degrees. She wanted to mow grass. She also had some relatives very close to her and I told my wife if they did not help her, I would go mow her grass. Well, that continued until October 2012. She finally had to move in with her son because at age 86 it was getting difficult to get around. We miss her a lot. Naturally, I kept her lawn mowed all summer, her driveway plowed all winter and several odd jobs now and then. Sad that her other relatives did not take a more active role, so we kept track of her daily. Even took her mail to her during winter lest she might fall on the ice and snow. We still get phone calls from her and it is good to hear her. She now lives near Seattle.
     
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  8. BobUrban

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    That' great!! Heat you "three times" with that stack!

    I recently received permission to cut dead and downed stuff from the 60 acres across the street. My neighbor is only there a few times a month and weekends during deer season. I ask how his wood for the fireplace was holding out. He mentioned that he was running low so I cut,split and stacked some ash and cherry for him. I would have given him some of my good stuff but it was too long so I just took some better than average dead smaller stuff. Should burn well in his open fireplace. I will season some shorter stuff to keep him in wood as I think this will be a good relationship to keep.

    Oh - and my other neighbor plowed my drive today so I still have not mounted the plow on my Griz - may someday I will use it.
     
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  9. wishlist

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    ....and where do you plan on putting this wood Dennis? ;)
     
  10. Backwoods Savage

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    If we look around a bit, we might find a place.
     
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  11. nate379

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    I got the law called on me for helping my neighbors the first year I lived in my house. They bought the house next door 2-3 weeks after I moved in mine.
    Was mowing my yard and I figured I'd help them out (10-12" tall grass!) and did the front part that meets my yard (like 5-6 passes with the tractor).
    The law showed up a few hours later.

    Later that summer an old man was out trying to mow the foot+ tall grass in an unusually hot day (85ish) and there was a younger guy sitting in a chair off their deck watching him. Come to find out the old man owned the property and the young guy was his son and was renting. By young I mean around 30 or so.
    Just that pissed me right the hell off. How the hell could a person be so fawking lazy to sit there and let their Dad be on the verge of a heart attack?!
    Later on I found out the son was the one causing the issues. (lots of other stuff, I could write a book!)
    Me and the old man had a chat one day after a ton of other issues and he ended up evicting the loser of a son.

    Anyhow, long story short, I mow their lawn and keep the driveway clean as well. The old man kept trying to pay, was bringing over cans of gas all the time (way more than I was using)... finally we agreed that he could pay me 1/2 of whatever the cheapest contractor would charge.
     
  12. Locust Post

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    Why doesn't that surprize me Sav ?
     
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  13. tbuff

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    You're a good guy Dennis.. Her family were deadbeats..
     
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  14. osagebow

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    Good vibes there sav - It's good to see you're getting further ahead on wood.

    and karma! :)
     
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  15. firecracker_77

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    I have a feeling you'd make a great neighbor.
     
  16. bogydave

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    Already CSS fire wood.
    Nice score :) LOL

    PS :First time you had to plow this year?
    How much snow you get ?

    Here, Snow/ice melted off the driveway today, bare. Was 42°.
    Weird winter :confused:
     
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  17. Blue2ndaries

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    Sounds like you "paid it forward"...to yourself! ;) Nice work on both the drive and wood.
     
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  18. swagler85

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    Amazing how ungrateful some people can be, good to see people do what you and Dennis are doing.
     
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  19. mikey517

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    There is a beautiful place in Heaven for you...
     
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  20. firecracker_77

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    Like I said. You are more like neighbors probably were at one time...a nice guy
     
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  21. Gasifier

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    Nice find dennis. Hopefully the guy that cut and split it got to enj, oh. Nevermind.
     
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  22. Backwoods Savage

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    Dave, before this 1 1/2" was the most we'd had this year. We got 5" from this one. Here I was hoping we'd finally see a year when no snow plowing needed to be done. Rain coming at us right now. Should make a nice mess of things.
     
  23. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage
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    It is funny that I delivered some wood to a fellow who needed some a while back. Nobody home. No problem. He called and one comment he made was that folks just don't do this sort of thing any more. My comment was that perhaps it is time they bring their standards up to ours rather than us dropping our standards to their ways.
     
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  24. Ralphie Boy

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    Good neighbors... good! Bad neighbors...bad!
     
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  25. Locust Post

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    One person can change a neighborhood,town,city,etc....its been done before.
     
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