Two weeks ago we had snow. It was a great reminder that we needed to start prepping as winter would definitely be coming. One thing you can count on in Iowa is the changing seasons!
The past days have finally been dry and resemble what fall should look like. My husband has been busy hauling wagon loads of soybeans to town to the local Farmer’s Coop Elevator. Now we wait for the corn to be dry enough to be combined.
In between those two harvest times we have been using the days to prepare for the cold of winter. We love to burn wood to help save on our heating budget. We have spent the last couple days splitting wood.
A couple years ago my husband had his hips replaced. We borrowed a friend’s log splitter and learned how wonderful that invention really was. The next year we decided, as we were getting older we needed to work smarter. We found a log splitter on a clearance sale and made the purchase. It was a great decision!
We have a few more days to go on wood splitting before the pile is all done. Fortunately the weather looks promising for that task. I get the easy part of just pushing the lever. This year I am doing my job by sitting on a tall chair and just pushing the lever.
The girls tend to wander over while we split wood. They love the ants and grubs that sometimes have found their way into the pile. It is satisfying to see the split wood, stack up and watch that splitter turn logs into usable pieces.
My husband used to split all of it with a maul and a sledgehammer. As I said….we have learned to work smarter and this wood no longer has to warm us twice!
On another subject……I have finally done the drawing for the book giveaway! With the help of my husband who was a neutral bystander. I numbered 1 – 24 and put the names next to the numbers. I then put the numbers on pieces of paper and my husband drew a number from a bucket. I have no idea how to do the rafflecopter thing so we went old school!
Here is the list of those that were in the giveaway:
1. Terri J 2. Jackie VG 3. Jo O
4. Donna VG 5. Kristi K 6. Michele R (rabbitpatchdiaries)
7. Juliescreativeyear 8. DeAnn T 9. Lena DK
10.Lisa@Lismorepaper 11.Jessica 12.Lorna K
13.Vicki 14.Sheila T 15.Ruthsoaper
16.Robbyefaye 17.Miriam B 18.BeverlyP (moreinkplease)
19. Lindaschaub 20.A.Michelle 21.Judy L
22. Judy B 23.Robin 24.Jocelyn M
The number drawn was (drum roll) #3! Congratulation Jo O….you will be gifted the book: It’s All Under Control and workbook. I will be in touch with you to see that you get it.
Some of those who entered are fellow bloggers. If you click on their names it should take you to their blogs and you can enjoy some good reading! You will also meet some amazing women that way!
I have not yet read my copy of this book. I do plan to spend some wonderful time…. in a rocking chair…. in front of the woodstove this winter. I plan to be holding that book in one hand….a cup of hot chocolate in the other and enjoying the warmth from the wood we have split.
May you have a blessed weekend and may this post find you doing something you enjoy.
“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.”
“Some books are to be tasted,
others to be swallowed,
and some few to be chewed and digested.”
― The Essays