I think if there were 2 of me I might enough time to do half of what I would like to do. In my experience when I have the help of 1 other human it takes about 1/2 of the time it usually takes to complete a task. If I have 2 helpers the task is usually done in 1/4-1/8 of the time. Of course that all depends on the task. Repairing or making a fence, or fetching wood are 2 things that really see a marked difference. Taking care of my dogs seems so easy when there are 3 of us doing it.
A set of "dog chores" that takes a lot of time is cleaning atimomiy(dog's excrement). ....Get the wheelbarrow, shovel and rake, the 45gln barrel and wagon, rake the poop into the shovel, fill the wheelbarrow and take it to the barrel and put it in there. Go get the truck and hook the wagon to the truck then take the barrel of omiy(excrement) to the meadow or feild and spread it by the shovel full. When there is 3 of us doing it we all have certain aspects of that duty and it goes quick. When I do it alone(which is almost all the time) it takes almost 1&1/2 hours.
Even watering the dogs takes me about 20 mins. I don't have a fount out back so I haul 5 gln pails fro the house....6 of them...........3 x/day.
I love it when I have frozen fish or chunked red meat at feeding time. It takes only 15 mins to feed-up. Or kibble.(yuck! makes for big, stinky, runny omiy). If I don't have "ready to serve" I gota cook. That means fetching wood if I don't have any already cut, hauled, split and stacked, then make a fire in the stove, then put the food stuffs(meat(deer,moose,elk,cow,pig,chkn,trky,fsh,etc), veggies, fruit, rice, barley,etc.) into the 10 gln drum with water and keep the fire going as opposed to walking away to do something else that usually will distract me then hafta make a fire from scratch again. After it's cooked, let it cool (covered so the Ravens and Magpies don't get at it) then put it on the garden-cart or jumper-sled and scoop some yummy soup to each K9. After that's done gather the dishes, cooking pots and utensils and use the warm water(on the wood stove(remember all the water needs to be hauled 100 yards from the house)) and then all wash and rinse with cool water to remove any soap residue (which will without exception gives them kisikatewin(the runs)). And "dog chores" is just 1 thing. Chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese and rabbits are also under my charge,. Oh ya and pigeons. Prize winning show pigeons no less.The lawn and garden stuff, snow removal, fabricating mushing gear, vehicle maintenance. the list goes on...... And then there's my wife, children and G-kids.
When we want things, be they material/physical, spiritual or emotional, it all requires time to take care of. Thank goodness TIME is the one thing that was gifted to me to do with whatever I may so choose. even if it's just sitting here typing.LOL
Mushing is rewarding but it is not a hobby. I repeat Mushing is not a hobby. Mushing is a way of living. It's a life style whether or not it is done for rec, pastime, work(trapping,hauling wood,etc)week-ends, pro racing, rec racing, ....it is a living choice.....and I love it.
minopimacihewin nina oci soke-otoskew Good(as opposed to evil or blank and/or not referring to the easy life of riches and affluence most people refer to when using the term"The Good Life") ) life is retained in me by means of hard work.
HAGD everyone. TTFN. TTYS.
Edited by RezChamp - 11/2/15 at 9:08am