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I’d Rather be a Grasshopper


In Aesop’s fable of “The Ant and the Grasshopper,” the ant works hard all summer preparing for winter, while the grasshopper chirps and plays and sings.



When winter comes, the ant is prepared but the grasshopper suffers.

The ant tells him he shouldn’t have idled his time away. He doesn’t offer to help; only admonishes him. It’s a hard lesson and a rather cruel, heartless response from the ant, but that’s reality.


“Idleness brings want”, “To work today is to eat tomorrow”, “Beware of winter before it comes.”

These are some of the lines used as the moral for this fable.

Take your pick of these old sayings. The end result is the same. They warn us to prepare for hard times and not be caught out.

In the heat of summer, we have been working like ants, preparing for winter. We have a big load of firewood to deal with. Usually we prefer fir, but the maple was a bonus.

Some of the logs are quite big and the rounds are still too big to handle.

See the yellow-handled splitting mall and the wedgeย  lying on the ground beside it at the end of one of the maple logs? When the rounds are split in half they are more manageable for placing onto the track of the hydraulic wood splitter.

One piece is ready to be split.

When the motor is started you just engage the lever and the steel plate is pushed against the wood, until it is squeezed against the wedge at the end of the splitter. The wood splits in two, and is then more of a size that’s right for the woodstove or fireplace.

But of course it still has to be stacked. That’s where Mrs. Ant comes in.ย  I should change my name from Anneli to Anteli. What’s one letter? (A lot of work!)

Author: wordsfromanneli

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35 thoughts on “I’d Rather be a Grasshopper

  1. Charming…. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Thanks, Hans. Enjoy your weekend.


  3. That is a lot of work! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. What a lot of wood – and work. With our oak – and my untrained condition, not to mention my inborne laziness – I have given up on manually splitting our wood with a wedge and a hammer. The oak is simply too hard. I do have a small hydraulic wood splitter, but for the really big logs I need to borrow a bigger one some time. Luckily, we don’t have winters here that need much firewood. Our wood mostly goes on the bbq pit! The stacking I left to hired help, btw.

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  5. Certainly is a lot of work! Wish I had some of that maple though (especially in February)!

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  6. So much work! I remember helping my dad stack wood on the farm when I was a kid. Not a pleasant job.


  7. I think you will definitely be very warm and cozy this winter. That is a lot of firewood being cut up! Burning maple is wonderful. We used a mixture of maple, fir and a few arbutus last winter. Hope you didn’t hurt your back doing all that stacking.

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  8. What a lot of wood! You will go through all of that this winter?

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    • I would guess that we will go through most of the wood that is stacked in one half of the wood shed. This new pile of wood should replace that amount plus a little bit more (I hope) but we’ll burn the drier wood that is already stacked from two years ago.


  9. Warms ya thrice! Once when you cut it, once when you stack it, and of course when you burn it!

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  10. Wow, that’s a HUGE wood pile for Mr. and Mrs. Ant. And how wonderful to have a splitter. Enjoyed this post Anneli, with the photos and the fable and the cartoon graphics.

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  11. I remember the feeling we had after the whole wood shed was full to the ceiling! Having a beer and look at it and relax. Lots of work it was, but we where much younger then.
    Love your new name a lot!!!

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    • Yes, I’m Anteli for a lot of things. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But you’re right, it’s a very good feeling when you look at the wood all stacked up. Kind of like looking into the fridge and seeing that it’s not empty, but full of good things.


  12. Lots of hard work, but well worth it, Miss Anteli. Does the captain go fishin’ soon, or is that a different time of year?

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  13. Anneli the ant. The fable is a great analogy. Thatโ€™s a gigantic load of wood. How many cords do you use in the winter?

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  14. Hard to plan for winter when just beginning summer, I imagine๐Ÿ˜. Sounds like youโ€™re earning that name change.

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