Friday, November 29, 2013
Sex, Trees and Wood Ash
Surprise, surprise I cut another load of firewood again today. Ya I know you guys are just on the edge of your seat waiting to hear about my adventures in wood cutting. Seriously though this is THE time to get out there and get this stuff cut. Another few weeks and having a day that is dry enough and not so cold as to be completely uncomfortable while cutting will become more and more uncommon. October through December is when I get 75% of my yearly total of firewood cut and hauled. January and February are when I do about 90% of my wood splitting.
It works out well for my area. Too much underbrush, damp fields and sloppy dirt tracks the rest of the year really.
I must say I have it so easy though. Why Mrs. PP is so happy with my wood burning and full time tree cutting job right now. All I have to do is keep the house within her wide comfort range that lies somewhere between 72.6 and 73.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Oh and cutting, stacking, hauling, separating and cleaning out the wood stove, hauling 10 gallons of ashes to which ever raised bed or garden spot she designates and making sure the fire stays lit, DOESN"T count as housework either.
I am still expected to put my clean clothes away promptly when I get done with the Cinderella jobs.
When I offered to trade jobs with her this afternoon she looked kinda put out for a bit then told me she was cold.
LOL I will never win.
Today's load consisted of a huge Honey Locust trunk I had left laying from last year. My Dad was busy today so I went alone to cut and I do not like to fell trees without someone along. Not big ones anyway. So I worked on stuff I already had down. I didn't count on the fact that even cut into 18 inch sections those trunk pieces were still way too heavy for me to load by myself so half my load is still in the woods. Not a huge big deal as they were going into the split stack anyway.
So far so good. I have been keeping up with the heating needs by burning only small stuff and last years left over split stuff while growing my January and February supply of large stuff to be split. Still not out of the woods yet (to coin a phrase) as a few harsh storms and wet weather could put me way behind quite quickly so no good day to cut should wasted.
Excuse me why I go put some clean clothes away.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!