another day like this

February 3, 2022

Just some more photos from today…

This is most of the wood that we spilt yesterday. We added a little more to the pile this afternoon, but not much.

Today, we stood the splitter up on end and split the really big pieces. There’s 4 or 5 more pieces that aren’t in the photo that also got split. Everything we split today and yesterday will be next year’s firewood, the pile that you see in the background (above) might need to be dug into later this spring, but hopefully not much will need to be used. It is February after all, spring is just around the corner! The wood we just split is still a little green, meaning there’s still some life in it and will be harder to burn. Not that it can’t be burned, there’s just more moisture in it than wood that has been split and stacked for a year or more.

While I was taking a break, I went for a walk…

From left to right: I found a top out of a tree that I believe has fallen recently. It looks like the woodpeckers have been having fun with it! This is almost what would be considered ‘dead standing’. I say almost because part of the tree is still alive. I have dead standing on the property, which I like to leave if I can, for the wildlife – woodpeckers, nuthatches, and other critters. As long as it’s not a danger or a threat to us I will leave it standing. I found two Holly’s, one of which I may or may not be able to transplant. It might be too big. If I can get enough of the root ball I will give it a try. I will have to water it like crazy if I do. The other one is just a baby, one that will be transplanted come spring.

The short walk I went on was on the upper end of my property, circling back around I ended on the other side of this tree that came down the other week.

These two photos help make the first one make a little more sense. The other day, when I took the first photo, it was still too icy to walk back and take any photos. It’s still icy, but not nearly as bad as it was. There’s so much vine wrapped up in the tree(s), which is what we think brought down the trees. The wind caught them. Anyway, the base of the trees aren’t on my property, but we need to cut them and get them off the fence. I guess technically that would be the state’s problem, since it is the interstate that’s on the other side of the fence. But they won’t come out and take care of it…as long as the tree doesn’t pose a threat to drivers or the road they don’t care. So we will be cutting it up and stacking it for the wood stove.

Just a short walk, but that’s ok! I also didn’t stay out and help as much as I did yesterday. Even though I was dressed warm enough – leggings, jeans, three shirts – one of which was long sleeve, sweatshirt and boots with wool socks on my feet I got chilled last night. It was in the 40’s and I was plenty warm enough. Today, I put my insulated overalls on instead of jeans and two pairs of socks. I don’t know what happened last night, or why, but so far tonight I’m good.

Everything is covered with tarps, and we are again, hunkered down. It started raining about two hours ago. A wintry mix is predicted for the weekend. We have plenty of wood on the deck and in the house to last us a while.

That’s all I have for now…

hope you have a great day!
thanks for stopping by!!

Today’s reason to be thankful: you’re not doing your laundry on the street by hand with water from a hydrant during a war. (1945, Berlin, Germany) we have become so accustomed to luxury and convenience that we have become spoiled and sadly so many have no clue what real oppression looks like

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The crab didn’t see it’s shadow
which means 52 more weeks of random weather

(Maryland, which is where I live, is known for its crabs)

U.K. Convoy

List as of 1st February will be updated daily
Saturday 5th Feb
Confirmed convoy locations

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take care
stay safe
much love

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