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The spud bar

Spud barWhen we got the golf cart back Monday, we started to drive it back to the house and promptly bottomed out.  We were tired, cold, and wet, so decided to leave it for the time being.

Then it poured down rain for two days, and we got sidetracked with other important chores (including taking Strider to be snipped!)  Finally, yesterday afternoon, I headed out to poke at the golf cart again.  I brought Mark's favorite hand tool --- the spud bar (more commonly known as a tamping bar.)  I can barely lift the thing, but it's extremely useful for breaking up soil when digging, then compacting the soil when putting it back in place around a fencepost.  I figured it might also work well as a lever to pry the golf cart up off the ground.

I slipped the spud bar under the grounded portion of the cart and lifted.  Whee! --- the cart slid down the tilted spud bar and up the hill.  The rainy weather and endless grant proposal I've been working on had me a bit down in the dumps, but the satisfaction of pulling the cart loose jolted me back into a good mood.  The spud bar --- mother's little helper.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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