Friday, January 31, 2014
Now the real worry begins
The forecast people are convinced we are going to start getting our snow. sleet and freezing rain any minute now. They started off predicting it was going to start yesterday, then this morning, then this afternoon but so far nothing. January is the driest month of the year around here and this year it has been even drier than usual which has worked out well since I have been hauling about twice as much wood as usual. Although we have to push through it to get to the warmer weather February is about my least favorite month of the year and it doesn't even have a thing to do who's history get's made up for it either.
February usually just sucks. We get our worst snow storms and coldest weather in February and the bees are beginning to build up for Spring so they need more food. Most hives that die out over Winter happen in February and early March so I am biting my nails this time of year for two reasons, the bees and the snow keeping me from hauling all the wood I got stacked out in various places.
The signs around are not looking good either. Huge flights of Geese are hanging out in the fields which means they are staying for a reason on their normal return trip back North. The Canada's are one thing because they tend to hang out a while but when I begin seeing a number of Snows and Blues mixed in with them I know something has told them to stick around and wait it out. The Ewes are now really big and eating more than usual both to keep warm and because they are well into being prego. See that damned smug look on Frazier's face? A month or so ago he was beginning to look a little worn around the edges from over work but now he knows his job is done and he keeps asking me when the ladies are going to go back to their place and let him have his bachelors pad all to himself again.
This afternoon the little donkey, you know the one that is old enough to have carried a certain expectant mother to Bethlehem in her youth, refused to leave the barn and that tells me her old bones are predicting something tonight.
So despite the extra chores of feeding the mob I still managed to go out and haul in another load of firewood. All good dry Elm with a little Walnut and Oak mixed in and all of it the size of my leg or smaller so no need to split it. The down side was I had to haul it by hand a good 30 yards or so to my truck but this small dry stuff is almost essential when burning so much dense split heartwood. The Oak and Locust heartwood is so heavy that what typically happens is the coals burn down too low to keep em burning properly. Throwing a bit of small stuff in every few hours keeps em burning and the heat flowing. I think I have managed to get ahead of the extra use this year but a week or two of sub-zero temps and deep snow will still have me pulling my hair out no matter how much I have ready to burn. I am just that way, which is prolly why I am a prepper honestly.
One more month to go and then I will start working on next years wood supply along with being pretty sure how many hives survived this cold.
Believe me I am marking each day on my calendar this year. Each day crossed off is a minor celebration.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!