First are my chainsaw chaps. I spend a bit of time by myself in the woods, clearing brush and cutting firewood. If something were to happen, it could be bad. So, I wised up and got some more protection.
They add some warmth, which is not always great. But the guy at my saw shop saw a demo in which they instantly stopped a gas saw that hit them. They do so by shredding and clogging the saw, which stops it. I hope to never see that in person.
Next is my new forearm strap.
After digging the post holes for our pasture fence, my elbow hurt. Inward pressure, even pushing my hands together while washing them, cause it to hurt. Not terrible pain, but the kind that feels like damage, not a strain.
After a 6 months of this, I realized it was not going to just go away. So I got it looked at. It is called Golfer's Elbow, like Tennis Elbow but on the inside of the joint.
I had worn a forearm strap while working, but learned I need to wear it all the time. The strap allows the tendons at the elbow to rest and recover. It does feel better, after a few days, so I am optimistic.
Finally, a look at my woodcutting world. I am still trying to catch up with all the down timber on the property. I have to make some value judgments about which ones to cut up. Many have started to rot, and I have to weigh the effort vs the value of the wood. This tree is almost perfect, with only a 1-2% rot, so I chopped it up.
Getting to it was a pain. A significant stand of scotchbroom and backberry had grown up around it. It took me longer to clear a path than to actually cut up the wood. Then I need to schlep it out, drive it up the hill and stack it. It will be moved once more, to the city house, where it will be split and stacked.
That old saying that firewood heats you twice is not quite right. More like 4 times.