I was sitting in my kitchen yesterday enjoying my peanut butter and jelly sandwich on freshly baked bread, when I glanced out the window and noticed it was snowing! Well, at least, it looked like it was snowing. I let myself believe it was snow for just a few minutes until the reality of the bonfire in my backyard settled in.
Our guys have been working hard on getting our fallen tree chopped up and burned. It’s been quite the process!
First, we hired a guy in town that has a chainsaw. He and his machete wielding partner hacked away at the tree for about a day and a half to get it all cut into reasonable sized pieces. The wood from the tree was so hard that they had to stop several times to sharpen their blades…by hand, with a file.
Next, our national staff started piling up all of the wood on top of the tree stump. The wood was still really wet, so I wasn’t sure how it would burn, but the guys assured me that with the tire they place underneath it and all of the oil they poured on top of it, it would burn just fine.
And burn, it did! There was a bonfire in my backyard all day yesterday, causing it to “snow” down ash. And they’re not done yet!
They will continue piling and burning today, and I will continue to pretend that it’s snowing! (despite the fact that it’s completely green outside….and 88 degrees.)
P.S.-there is actually a mountain in Papua that has snow on it! I’ve never been there, but Nathan flies by it all the time. Someday I want to go and have a snowball fight!