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You Can't Say You Didn't Know (Written by: Joel Heitkamp)

by Amy Iler

We all knew winter was going to hit. It really doesn't matter how long
we wait to get a job done. If we are given more time, we'll take it. How many jobs did you look at outside your window and say to yourself, "I have to get that done before freeze up!?" 

Well how did you do? Here is my report card....I'll give myself a "B" this year. There is nothing like the joy of being able to grade yourself. 

My toys are winterized, the oil is changed in the mower (after I got all the leaves I could off the yard), outdoor furniture is put away and I even found a shed to store my pontoon! I have one project around the house that we didn't get done (and it's because of my sister Holly).  

Holly hired a great guy, Jake, a friend of my fathers, to build us an outdoor shed. First, notice how I said he was a good friend of our father's?  A good indicator he can remember when Harry S. Truman was president. Jake said he would "pick away at it [the shed]" when he had time. 

I have no idea exactly how old Jake is... but I can assure you he still loves working with wood.  And to be his age and still throwing on your coveralls to work outside (just to build Ray's kids a shed) is amazing. In many ways, I wish I was more like him. He gets up and does what he loves to do when he wants to do it. We could all be so lucky. 

Holly hired Jake because she knew Jake; she knew he would get the job done and, most importantly, he would  WANT to get the job done. In the end, Holly was right. I don't care it isn't done. When it is, I'll tell my grandkids, "Jake built it". A man who was a good friend to their Great Grandfather. 

There is something cool about that. 

Wait.......I forgot the Christmas lights! Damn......C-