Sunday, September 21, 2014
Sunday Reading - Lucky Dog
I am so stiff I can barely move. I got about 1/3rd, maybe a bit less, of the trees cut up, split and hauled back home today but it about did me in. The hardest part was man handling the log splitter around over the rough washed out area and steep embankment down where the trees were laying. The three I cut and split today were all Red Oaks and just barely dried out enough to burn. Even cut to stove length rather than furnace length they were far too heavy to carry up that bank and no way to get a vehicle down to them.
The only thing to do was chuck each split piece to the top of the bank and then load it in the truck.
I'm afraid I over loaded the truck bed and made it sink so low the trailer chains were dragging the ground. Then I over loaded the trailer and the tongue weight was doing the same thing. I then had to remove a layer off the trailer and leave it for the next trip. With lighter wood I can load the trailer above the side rails but not this dense Oak.
I took quite a few pictures of the drive down there but apparently I have not mastered the click and drive skill like SF because they looked like crap. I also completely forgot to take any pictures after I started working which is par for the course with me.
At one point I got into a nest of little Ringnecked snakes and thought about getting the camera but they were not too pleased about my interruption and didn't stay around very long. One did come out of a rotted section of wood I was carrying to the splitter though. He looked up at me and made a few foul remarks and then dived off my arm and made a run for it.
I hope they manage to find a new home before it get any colder.
On the way in this morning I didn't run into any carriages but on the way out this evening I did. The little single lane highway I was on had no shoulder and as I was coming up on one of the carriages heading towards me I began to slow way down. With the weight I was pulling I could only get up to about 55 mph anyway without weaving too much for my taste. Just then some big red Pitbull ran out after the carriage right in front of me. I was literally standing on the brake and knew there was no way I was going to miss him and no where to go to get around him. Luckily at the last minute after I had lost sight of him and was preparing for the thump, I guess he got a little extra speed and just managed to get away. My dad, who was following me in his truck, said the dog barely made it and had to use a spine twist to get his butt out of the way.
By the time I got back to the Small-Hold I had stiffened up so much I could feel every muscle. Gonna be sore tomorrow I imagine.
However the magic Massey Tractor Girls must have been busy while I was gone because the front Alfalfa field was cut.
Guess this means I need to get the Ford out with the rake tomorrow and get the truck and trailer unloaded as well for hauling square bales in before it rains again.
Two more trips and I got a call from another down that way who said she had five trunks in her yard she wanted removed. It takes me about $25.00 or so in gas to get all the way down there and back but when you consider cured Oak is running about $65.00 to $75.00 a truckload around here, it is still worth it.
Just part of the joys of heating with wood. Let me tell ya though not having to pay those 1 grand a year (and sometimes more) propane deliveries is well worth the effort.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!