Winter Preparations

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I cannot believe how fast these days are going. It is a mystery to me how we already are at Friday when it seems that just yesterday it was Monday! Does anyone else seem to have this issue or is it just me?

I kind of wonder if the time goes by so fast because there seems like there is so much to get done before it is really wintertime. There are so many things that need to be finished up….things like harvesting corn…..splitting the wood and making sure everything that isn’t used during the winter is put in it’s proper place.

The last days have been spent splitting wood, while we wait for corn to be harvested. It is good there is time to get this done before the weather really turns nasty.  Already, there is a bite to the wind as we are outside working on the wood pile.

I am really grateful that last year we purchased a log splitter.  We had never had one before and after my husband borrowed a friends, he decided we really should have one. We were very fortunate to find a splitter that was being sold as clearance late last fall.

For an entire year that splitter stayed in it’s crate and finally this past week we assembled it and put it to use. It is amazing how quickly you can go through wood with the right tools. In the past, my husband would put in hours doing all that work with a wedge and sledge hammer. (I have no idea if those are the proper terms and I am okay not knowing!)

It was interesting to see that sometimes perfectly good looking logs were not that great looking on the inside!  Several, when split in half, were a little rotten and had loads of big black ants in them.  The girls thought it was an amazingly great thing when that would happen.

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The girls might have enjoyed the ant-infested logs but I much preferred the good solid ones!  They looked like they would burn and give out a lot more heat than the mushy ones.

I have a feeling that we, as humans, can be a lot like those logs. We look great on the outside but inside we don’t look quite as good. Fortunately, if we are willing…..that not so good stuff can be redeemed and used for something good. While ants are not so good for logs….they are great for chicken food. “Stuff” in our lives that is not so good; can be turned around and used to help others through the same “stuff”.

There is a great feeling of satisfaction seeing the growing pile of wood, that we will use to help heat our home this winter.

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There is a sense of fulfillment seeing tasks finished up and being able to check them off the seasonal “to do” list. I know that when we put that wood in the stove this winter, while the snow is flying and the wind is howling, we will be grateful for the time and effort spent these last few days.

It is good knowing we are going to be prepared for the coming cold days. It is good knowing we can just go to the wood pile and it will be ready for us to just toss in the stove. It will be wonderful to feel the heat and just enjoy the season that is winter.

May all your seasonal preparations go smoothly and may you be blessed by all the “stuff” that makes up your life. Have a wonderful weekend!

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.””
–Edith Sitwell

 

 

30 thoughts on “Winter Preparations

  1. Ruthie's Crafting Corner says:

    Yes, time does fly by! I don’t even know how I missed reading blogs for two days…Those are some thick and heavy logs. The wood splitter sure has cut down the time and some of the physical work too. I’m thankful you were able to get a Splitter last fall! Your chickens are beautiful and what a sight to seeing them awaiting more split wood with ants 🙂 Yes, again on your comparison Faye, with the people and logs! Have a Wonderful weekend! XX

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I am so grateful for that log splitter Ruthie! It has saved so much back breaking labor for my husband. My job is just to push and pull the lever that runs the hydraulic cylinder…..not tough at all for me lol.
      The girls all come running now anytime they hear the splitter start up!

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  2. bcparkison says:

    A wood spliter is something my son always thought we needed. But no..my husband really enjoyed doing the hard work himself. Now with him gone I had to buy stove wood last year. The rest of the story..I didn’t even use it. For some crazy reason I just didn’t want to sit in front of a warm fire by myself. So…I stayed by the electric heater in my craft room Now I really need to burn this wood ..it won’t last forever.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      After my husband had hip surgery last year he decided a log splitter was a good thing. I like the fact it keeps the mess out of the garage! (that is where he used to split the hard way.)
      Maybe this year you can bring yourself to sit in front of a warm fire and remember the good times with your husband…I will pray that for you Beverly.

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      • thechickengrandma says:

        I don’t think you sound wimpy at all!! I cannot imaging going through what you are going through since your husband’s death.
        We have a woman in our church that is just starting on that journey. She is my youngest sister’s age of 51. My heart breaks for her also.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I am just grateful there is a use for even the “stuff” in our lives……if we are willing.
      I am not totally looking forward to the cold of winter but I am looking forward to the slower pace. Maybe then I can get caught up on other things!

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  3. Whitneyibeblog says:

    “We look great on the outside but inside we don’t look quite as good. Fortunately, if we are willing…..that not so good stuff can be redeemed and used for something good”
    I love these lines Ma’am and it reminds me that we should not be so fast to judge people on the outside but rather get to know them first. When we finally do get to know them, we might not like what we find.
    Winter is coming “reminds me of game of thrones and its saga. I’m happy you got a wood splitter. Have a blessed day.

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  4. thecobweboriumemporium says:

    You took me on a journey via your words, to your land, where I watched your husband working, saw you working the ‘handles’, and joy of joys … watched those girls come running for the treats they found dad had delivered!

    Trick or Treat for Chickens. Chicken Grandad Style! LOVE IT! ~ C. xxx

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  5. Al says:

    You have multi-talented chickens that’s for sure. Providing you with eggs and doubling as exterminators. Eat your heart out Orkin!

    It’s been a good while since I split wood, but I remember how back-breaking it was. Glad you gave hubby a nice present there.

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