Sunday, January 26, 2014
A Very Full Day
Had to hit the ground running hard this morning so no Sunday Reading post just a quick update. This was the Sunset I got to view on the way home this evening. The picture doesn't do it a bit of justice either. It was just spectacular. Usually one has to go further North into the really open agricultural area of Missouri to see this much sky unless you happen to live on a plateau area and even then it's almost impossible to see it without those damned electric wires ruining the view. This Sunset was so colorful you almost don't even notice the wires or unsightly poles.
As soon as it warmed up enough this morning I was out feeding bees. So far all remaining 10 hives are alive and only about half of them appeared to have been using the sugar I placed inside for them. Another month and a half to maybe two months of nail biting at most and the final verdict will be in for them. If we are lucky we will get a week or more of False Spring in February, which has been quite common lately, and if so then it's a good bet the remaining hives will make it.
After feeding the girls I loaded up the log splitter and headed for the woods. I also promptly forgot the camera as usual which is too bad because there were some pictures around the area I was working in today I wanted to take. As it turns out I split a full load and still have at least another 3/4's or so of a load left there although I am thinking the last five or so chunks are going to wait until next year to get split.
By the time I got down to the last few chunks I was noticing a lot of water being squeezed out when I was splitting them. Even though that tree has been standing dead for a few years I am guessing the bottom part of the trunk is just too wet to burn properly yet. It also was almost impossible to split. The outter section was breaking away from the heartwood with the log splitter and when I tried busting it in half by hand the last few chunks simply laughed at the wedge almost like a chunk of concrete would.
Finally I just lined em up and left the last few sections out to dry a bit more. I may go try them again later this season but I may also leave it so I have a nice load of Oak to split for next year.
By the time I got home with a full truckload of split stuff it was almost too dark to take a picture. You can see that beautiful sunset reflecting off the back window in the this picture.
My burn racks are about 3/4's full and I have an over flowing truck load of Oak ready to burn. Right now the temp outside is reading 53 degrees well after the sun has went down and they are saying to expect it to be down to 5 degrees by 7AM.
It's hard to believe after a day this nice but the Small-Hold is ready although getting a bed of coals going in the wood furnace has pushed the inside temp up to about 80.
Looks like it is going to be another few days of 2 hour sleep shifts.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!