Daddy rented a chipper/shredder last week. He brought it home around 3:00, and he and Jacob worked all afternoon shredding piles of branches and brush. The next morning they got up early and were out shredding again by sunrise, so they could get as much done as possible before they had to return the machine. At about 11:00, it was apparent that they weren't going to get finished on time, so they called me out to help. Since Daddy couldn't drive the truck across the dam, he parked it the far side of the pond (Jacob quickly pointed out that this dilemma was a another good reason to buy a 4x4). Jacob and I hauled limbs from the opposite side of the pond, and Daddy put them through the shredder. Jacob gallantly braved the pile of briars so I didn't have to get too scratched up and threw branches down for me to carry. I'm sure I made a comical figure because my hair was flying in all directions, and my sunglasses were constantly sliding down my nose or falling completely off. At lunch time, Mom brought us some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. We then continued working for a couple of hours. We didn't end up getting all the piles shredded up before Daddy had to take the shredder back., but we all had fun working together, in spite of a few scratches and bruises.