Saturday, September 28, 2013

When I'm Not Writing, I'm . . .

I don't write 24/7. Sometimes I like to clean up forest trash and burn it in a big bonfire. I just wish I had some marshmallows to toast. The burn ban went off so I burned trash in the rain today. Didn't get it all burnt though It's a 2-day burn pile, I'm afraid.

With fourteen acres of ponderosa pine and Douglas fir, there is always "trash" to burn: old branches, leftover trees after cutting up firewood, and the leftovers from logging years and years ago. A never-ending chore.

Speaking of firewood, I also like to stack wood and get it ready for the winter. After it's all stacked up, we put metal covers over the top so it can dry out. 

Now, we're ready for the winter!

13 comments:

  1. WOW! Sounds like a big project! Is that you in the picture? I love roasting marshmallows!!! We have a huge wood pile along our back fence. We are currently chopping a huge tree down in our backyard, so the pile is growing.

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    1. Oh, yeah. That's me tossing a branch onto the bonfire. :-)

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  2. Yeah you have a big chore on your hands! My family has a wood stove so we burn wood all winter so pretty soon I will be stacking wood and transferring it to our basement.

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  3. That sounds like so much fun! I wish we could do that at our house...

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  4. Do you do any crocheting, knitting or sewing, Susan? I run a crocheting business, and for a while I was running a mending business. I haven't knitted in years.

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    1. I used to crochet and knit all the time. My dad taught me when I was a little girl. He learned when he was in traction for breaking his leg while skiing on Steven's Pass. I even know how to spin and have a spinning wheel. We raised angora bunnies and I spun their fur, mixed with silk for strength.

      Alas, I can't do it much anymore. I get carpal tunnel when I do too much repetitious, fine-motor work. I got it back when I did up the 2 boxes of peaches (drying and canning) this year. Grrrr . . . can't wait for the new body!

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    2. Oh, and I used to sew all the time too! I made all my kids's clothes back in the "day," when we were poor. LOL Now it costs more to sew (patterns and fabric) than it does to buy it ready made.

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    3. I know! It's soooo expensive, but I still like buying material to make an occasional skirt.

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  5. Do you have any more fan stories to post?

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  6. We have a wood stove and cuting wood in winter NOT FUN!!!!!!:-)
    Evelina

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  7. We had rain today with chilly breezes and a fireplace or wood stove would have been such fun. But even if our house is over 130 years old, and there were three chimneys, there was no fireplace. :(

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  8. We sometimes help people in our church with wood, but we have a pellet stove, which I personally like better, since you can sit on top and it is so nice and warm in the winter...(we live half an hour from Canada in northern NY, so it get's down to 30 below!)

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  9. I know what you mean. Every winter we do a burn pile in our yard. It's a lot of fun. Usually horse crazy gal and I do school work around the fire since we are home schooled. Every winter we also take a big pile of wood and stack under cover for our wood burning stove.
    (By the way, I am from the post Andi did called "I met horse crazy gal and little sis." :)

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Let Andi know what you think!