We are into what many people refer to as “days of grace”. This, for us, is after the gardens are done, the canning is finished (for the most part) and we are seriously thinking about winter. It’s the time between the leaves falling and the snow flying.
With that in mind we brought wood in over the weekend with the help of Amanda and Yusuf. We had to move most of what was left from last year out of the way because it is very dry and bring in what we have been cutting and splitting over the past few months. This is when the tractor really comes in handy. The bucket can be loaded and driven right into the shed. The wood is unloaded and stacked at waist height, it cuts down on the bending over which can really save your back.
The project lasted through the weekend, we figure we put in about 4 and a half cord with a little over a cord left from last season. I can’t tell you what a relief it is when that project is over. It’s one of those never-ending things. The seasons are dictated by cutting, splitting and stacking wood. Trees will come down this winter with the brush stacked for burning. The burn season starts in January and runs until May. We usually cut and split throughout the year when the weather permits – it’s not something you want to do in summer heat. With any luck it spends the summer drying out a bit. In the fall it comes in. It will continue to dry until it gets burned.
Other projects on our list are re-glazing windows. Tightening things up in the house. We are considering a small wood stove for the kitchen in the ell but we will have to see what the next few weeks bring. A little more insulation in the attic over the kitchen would probably go a long way toward keeping it warmer.
The one other vital thing to do is put the electric blankets on the beds upstairs. There has never been any heat up there (except the bathroom) so if we don’t want to sleep under 10 pounds of quilts electricity must be used. There is nothing better than getting into a nice warm bed in the dead of winter.
This time of year always has an anticipatory air to it. There’s pressure put on whatever time you have. Once the temperature plummets, the snow is on the ground and the wind is blowing the mood changes. We are doing things indoors. We spend more down time. This is when my time is spent on handwork. There are so many crafts that I do in cooler weather because they are just too hot to do any other time of the year. I will be finishing up a couple of hooking projects and I will be weaving. Yes . . . lots and lots of weaving.