I've officially reached that inevitable point of winter where I am 100% over it. It's not even the cold at this point anymore, or the snow (which we've been getting plenty of lately). It's the multiple trips per day to stock my wood racks in the house for the stoves, vacuuming the mess it makes after each trip, and so on and so forth.
Because we closed on our house at the end of July, we didn't have any time to cut or split wood and have it be properly seasoned to burn this winter. So, we bought some, and cut and split some that my father-in- law had that he gave us. Well, with two wood stoves burning around the clock, we knew we were in trouble around Christmastime. Our supply was (quickly) depleting, and with a big old house I couldn't stomach burning oil to heat anymore than just as a backup, or paying for wood again.
So, every weekend since New Years my husband and I have been scouring our woods for down or standing dead trees to cut and split to burn this year. No tractor, no splitter. Just a chainsaw, a splitting maul, and our four hands every weekend cutting and splitting just enough to get us through until the next weekend. Basically all of the "winter projects" I had planned for inside the house have been put on hold. We have had some luck and even though it was a cold January, there wasn't a whole lot of snow which made carrying four foot logs through the woods back to the house much easier. Don't get me wrong, cutting wood when it's 10 degrees out is no picnic. But, compared to weekends like this past one when we had to go trudging through the 18 inches of snow we got Thursday, while another storm was dumping inches of powder on us, it seems like it in comparison
Luckily, spring is around the corner (or so I keep telling myself everyday) and I have a fantastic husband who is toughing it out right along beside me. Next winter at this time when we have cords upon cords of seasoned wood stacked up, and it's snowing like a banshee we will look back (while sitting next to our warm toasty fire) on what we had to go through this winter to stay warm and be all the more appreciative.
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