There is a popular military term-Force Multiplier, that usually refers to a large and smart weapon that is wielded by a highly trained soldier. On the Homestead, there are all sorts of force multipliers. They are often expensive. They are tools that allow a regular guy, or gal, to get through a mess of work that would not be possible if they didn’t have the tool.
Today is a good example. We are still working on the winter wood pile, I know, you are saying : “Mrs. Pickles, when is that job EVER going to be over?” Wait, maybe that was a voice inside my head. Anyway, with the use of the tractor and the hydraulic wood splitter, two 60ish folks split and stacked a cord of wood this morning. Our Force was multiplied.
On a humbler note, I think that one of the biggest force multipliers in the kitchen is the Crock Pot. While I was splitting wood, the crock pot was cooking up a delicious lentil stew. Then there is my electronic rice cooker. It was programmed to delay it’s start and cook and hold perfectly cooked rice until the crock pot was done with the lentils. All while I was out side sweating my apron off, splitting wood. I was doing more than one thing at once-cooking a nutritious dinner and splitting wood.
November is my favorite month. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I try to be more mindful all month long about the things I should be grateful and thankful for. So today, I am thankful for force multipliers-Out Here in the Pasture.