Git ‘er Done

Never mind being a dilettante homesteader … hell, we’re doing well just keeping ourselves alive.

Folks, if the chickens get let out at a reasonable hour and the dog doesn’t have to cross his legs, it’s a good day around here. Traditional Fall tasks like raking leaves and carving pumpkins? Please. I consider it a banner day if I manage to wear fresh clothes. 

There’s a saying in these parts – Git ‘er done. Please understand, I am calling up this phrase from the place it originated – the country. I feel I have to explain that, because I understand that the phrase has been co-opted by upwardly mobile middle-class urbanites, in an effort to sound folksy. Didn’t know that, but now that I do, I find it really irritating. I imagine it in circulation at about the same time that those same guys were aping Tom Cruise’s “Show me the money.” (Okay, enough. I’m visibly cringing.)

Anyhow. Git ‘er done. At first, I thought of it as a bit of local color. Just something you hear. Now I now better. When you live in a rural area, there is always a pile of things that needs doing. Git ‘er done is a commiseration. A neighborly way of saying, “Yep. Bet your list is pretty long too. Better get to it. We all better.” And in the country, in the Fall, there is always a chore list. 

I now realize, that while living in New York City, I essentially had a municipal concierge at my service 365 days a year. You see, here in our tiny village, we don’t have garbage men. No mail delivery either. And those few apples for that recipe, or that stray bolt you need for a project? They’re not just downstairs on the avenue. They’re ten miles away in town. The mundane, little-bits-of-life things are more difficult, and you have to do much of it yourself. 

Right about now, people are asking themselves if they have those twenty face cords of wood stacked for Winter heat. Or if they’re a bit more moderne, their wondering if their 1000 lb. propane tank is full. They are thinking about that shrink-wrappy stuff you put on your windows, and they’re wondering if the heat tape on their pipes is in working order. If it ain’t – they’ll be spending an afternoon crawling around the cellar. 

In my case – Have I finished that insulation project on the out-building? Is that outside-vent propane heater the neighbor gave me installed in the cabin? Have I boxed in and insulated the RV so we all don’t succumb to the cold? Have I called the propane company to get a big tank delivered? Am I at least attempting to clean up the demo site, or am I spending too much time worrying about freezing us all to death? Who knows.

Keep plugging away until the snow comes, and git ‘er done.


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9 responses to “Git ‘er Done

  1. We were always worried about how we were going to pay for the 100 gallons of oil we needed every other week to keep the furnace running. Well, Rich worried about the sump pump line freezing and the basement flooding and the furnace getting dosed with water again… but I considered that his realm. Good luck this winter!

  2. I was Always told ‘Careful what you Wish for’…
    I also have MANY miles to go for that little part that is Never there when I need it…
    I’ve never lived in the BIG city, can’t say I’ve ever had any desire to…Nice place to visit (?) But Home, in the ‘Human Natural Environment’ is where you get tested on your survivor skills (as you’ve come to find out)
    Reading your many thought processes over time, has shown me your absolutely In LOVE with your NEW surroundings…AND probably sleep better at night (WARM I Hope!!!)
    Wishing you Luck on Git’er Done this Fall…
    Always My Best…Marilyn

  3. yep,… mowing the ferns along the driveway, mowing the queen anne’s lace in front of the deck, getting deck furniture into the cellar, getting last of perishable foods into the house from camper, winterizing the camper, carrying tools from carport down to cellar, changing out the summer clothes for the winter clothes,…. lists, lists, lists. I’m working on my lists,..Good luck on your lists!

  4. Kate

    Yep, here in LA, we’re worried whether we’ve gotten the extra sweatshirts out and if the throw has been laundered. Yep, since leaving the Adirondacks, I’ve become a wimp. On the other hand, lots of buildings out here are barely insulated (mine has no central heat and single-pane aluminum windows) it can get chilly. Yeah, not expecting sympathy. 🙂

  5. Believe that “Get ‘er done” was popularized on the “Larry, the Cable Guy” comedy show. Here in the
    South Georgia, where I grew up, I don’t remember hearing it in this exact way. Or could an old man’s memory just be a wee bit slow in remembering?? Good possiblity!!!

  6. I know exactly what you mean!! But around here the phrase is, “Ack!! Did the forecast say snow?? ACK!! Do we have wood split?? ACKKK!!” ;P

    And of course the forecast does say snow is a possibility, and I haven’t cut any wood yet. ACK!!

    Stay warm!!!

  7. Well it sounds like you have a detailed checklist! I think I may fall in the wimp category – on our cabin winter checklist I have: get a cover for the air conditioner, put away the lawn furniture and various other things I’m embarrassed about. Tell Shelley the chick I said hello. I have her on my xmas list! 🙂

  8. ctlogcabin

    Yep a long list of To Do’s to get ready for a long cold Winter in the Country.
    We are the same here….. be as self sufficient as you can or be in trouble. Time is moving fast….Good Luck with your check list.
    Hugs ~~ Connie xox

  9. This is so true! I never realized how easy we had it when we had to “winterize” in the city. It meant bringing in the plants off the from porch…now that we have a garden and animals and all the other stuff that goes with a farm, we are constantly busy getting something ready for winter. Today I stuffed the dog houses with warm straw, dug up my elephant ears so they wouldn’t freeze in the ground and several other “winter” things.

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