No, the two aren’t related except that it’s me doing it. I’m still taking sponge baths every day or two and trying to shower only once or twice a week. The smell of my hair is what my wife sometimes complains of. She has quite arid skin and hair; I lean a bit the other way. So, if she mentions my hair, I shower. Still, I notice that our water bills are about $5 lower these days. As near as I can figure, I’m saving about 800 gallons a month. The $5 is no biggie. However, if a person is using a small spring, or shallow well as a water source, that translates into 27 gallons a day. That could make a big difference to some folks. Remember, too, that by bathing less, I require fewer towels and less soap; plus, since I try not to change clothes as often, that’s less laundry (as with the towels). Therefore, the water savings has to be attributed somewhat to the other changes, not just bath water. And there’s a slight savings in detergent costs. Just thought I’d pass that along for other strange folks like me.
I sawed quite a few branches off the fallen oaks in the backyard this evening. I’m using a 24” bow-saw left over from my Christmas tree growing days. The blade is dull and needs more set, but it eventually gets through the 2-5” limbs, despite running a bit to the right. I have the skill and the tools to remedy that situation, but when I was working, the money spent on a blade was less valuable than the time I’d spend sharpening one. Now that I’m not working, I should probably reacquaint myself with the saw vise, the tooth setter and the three-corner files that the job requires.
Despite having to take a breather occasionally, I was ready and willing to keep going, but I forced myself to stop after a few minutes. I quit cutting Christmas trees nearly 15 years ago, so I didn’t want to be so sore in the morning that I couldn’t use my arm to help me climb out of bed in the morning. It’s only four hours later and I already feel some slight soreness. I wish my legs had retained the same proportional strength that my arms have. Oh well, Good Lord willing, I’ll drag those limbs to the brush pile tomorrow and give those legs a workout. © 2016