Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Here We Go Again
See that bit of snow in the upper left hand corner. Well apparently it is moving diagonally to the Southeast and dragging it's tail which is now whipping through Kansas with it and they are saying it is bringing more snow and bitterly cold temps. Lows going back into the negative digits this weekend supposedly. The front extends from Kansas all the way to the Northeast coast with those parts East of Chicago supposedly getting hit much worse than we are expected to be.
We have already had more negative and single digit spells this year than I can ever remember having in recent times anyway and one good snow storm under our belt along with a sizable ice storm as well.
This morning I was cutting up the largest White Oak I believe I ever dropped, at least with an 18" chainsaw, and by early afternoon the temperature was just perfect for wood cutting. I cut and loaded a massive overflowing bed full of nice well seasoned Oak that doesn't even need splitting and I figure I have at least another big load out of that tree before I even get to the trunk portion. The old girl died last year during the drought and I been letting her cure standing for over a year now. I estimate she had well over 100 growth rings when I cut her down.
When I go back next time I will take a picture or three.
Since I only cut dead trees except for the rare nuisance tree here and there, a huge couple of loads of White Oak is a rare treat for me. We have plenty of oaks around, in fact I would say it is Missouri's most prevalent tree, but they don't die nearly as much as the Elms and Locust which are my mainstays when it comes to burning I think along with the occasional Maple or Boxelder.
The timing worked out well as now I have almost completely full racks with slightly more than a cord split and stacked and about half a cord on the truck. When I got home I got everything tarped up and ready.
Once again we are all set the only duty left is for me to evaluate the situation come early morning and see if the Mrs. car keys are going to be confiscated once again. Time to snuggle in.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!