One of our crew leaders, Jesse Sopiwnik, had these insights at the start of our 2014 season:
Slowly, glacially, winter releases its grip. Spring is in the air and we see, first the snout, then the head and body rise from the cozy bed of winter. The bear has bleary eyes, drugged by sleep and inactivity. A little unsteady, it begins its search for sustenance. It leaves the warmth of a home to begin wandering for food and survival. As it awakes and finds it first meals, delight is not hard to imagine.
The message of spring alters the shape and activities of the bear into a resemblance of the coyote – Wiley, wary, and skilled at finding a way to succeed. The coyote’s senses are keen and always on the lookout for food, comfort and relative safety.
The image changes shape once more. We see workers from Edmunds and Company Log Home Restorations begin to leave their homes for another season of work. We have to leave the home quite often to maintain our homes and livelihood. We travel the upper Midwest, and occasionally further afield, to repair, restore, and revive log homes.
The arrival of spring was not only in the air, but also in emails and phone calls that our work season would start the first week of April. The messages did not catch us sleeping. We do lead productive lives in the off-season, but the announcement of the first job of the year always seems to come a week too soon.
So we emerge to plan for food on the road, gather together the right clothes for all types of weather, have vehicles repaired and inspected, check out tool needs, and do an inventory of safety equipment. Finally, we prepare ourselves for the challenges of the tasks at hand, which are the unique demands of each house we work on. There is a discipline involved in this preparation… but I will speak of this another time. Meanwhile, the sleeping bears at Edmunds and Company have awoken.
Black bear image curtesy of Jean-Guy Dallaire