Monday, November 24, 2014

Saturday morning plans!

Alternative rest and labor endure.
                        Ovid


An early dreary November morning a young couple (at least in my head) sat around the kitchen table enjoying large bowls of steamy hot porridge while watching the welcoming pink sky disappear quickly behind a wall of gray. The naked trees off in the distance beckoned their eyes and those impending words floated from someone's lips “Nice day to cut wood.”

Oh yes it is that time of year again, and while listening to My Hero speak of where the best wood was waiting I, with my bare toes curling up on the hardwood beneath the table and soaking in the warmth coming from the roaring woodstove below, knew this was a necessary part of our life.

The dreams of my lying on the couch and watching Netflix disappeared as fast as that pink sky. He went off to feed the cows, load up the dump trailer with chainsaws, chains and other necessary items. I took my time drinking my coffee, writing this story. Procrastinating is probably the word some would use. Knowing we had to do it I wondered what I could pack for lunch and where I had put those thermoses for the peppermint tea needed to keep warm. The fresh bread I baked yesterday with peanut butter and honey from a blogger friend will be perfect. I do so enjoy these times in the bush surrounded by those trees, the fresh air and the noise of the chainsaw. I also love spending time with My Hero so Netflix would have to wait.


This day I knew was inevitable, we do need to get the wood at the very least closer to the house, in case the snow keeps us out of the bush like it did last year. My thinking it was just one weekend that we would need to get out there in the cold and snow was apparently wrong. Just as I suspected My Hero had ideas of how many weekends it would really take. He came up with the number three, well three does not sound too bad but can you imagine how many movies I could see in that time? Even if there was no time for that can you imagine how many auction sales that would be? Memories and photos of last year's harvest dance in my head.

Oh yes sometimes this farming thing, even knowing it is a lot of work, you forget sometimes.


I stand up slip on my warm fleece socks and head off to start my busy day, hoping there will be time later for that movie. Knowing even if there is I will certainly be sound asleep watching it from my chair basking in the warmth of the fire. 

I am positive there are stories back there waiting for this procrastinating girl.

Later

27 comments:

  1. We so so want a wood stove or a wood burning furnace. I know it is a lot of work, but it is also a lovely tradition x

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  2. It's a big job when you have your own woodlot to cut, split and cord the wood for winter but the heat from it is so worth it all and I wish we had a wood stove and a cord of wood - cut and prepared by someone else - to keep me warm. I think part of the enjoyment is spending time in the fresh air with the woodcutter too. :) I hope you get a lot of it in before the big snows come.

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  3. Some of those jobs are way better when the weather is nice, Miss B. I'm sure you will have plenty of cold, windy and snowy days to take in Netflix. I keep wondering what kind of movies you enjoy watching.

    We have a corn stove. It burns dry corn and we keep a tote or two in the shop and carry buckets. Love the nice warm heat. Cousin T's son has a wood stove and the heat is similar.

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  4. I hope you have relatively warm weekends to work in. If so, the work could almost be like fun. ALMOST. But if it's windy and cold? Not so much. My fingers are crossed for good weather.

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  5. It looks like you already got a big pile of chopped wood to stack. Have fun in the woods with your hero.
    Stay warm and safe. Wish you nice weather while you're in the wood.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  6. It looks like you're well prepared for the coming winter. That's a lot of wood! You sound like me...when there's finally time to watch, I'm sound asleep watching a movie. LOL!

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  7. That is a job!!!!!

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!

    But those coming warming fires, need this part of the job, to be done, while it can be.

    Hope you got lots of rest. Hahhhhhhhh... Sure you did. -grin- Well, maybe a long soak in a hot tub, then.

    Hugs...

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  8. Stay Warm!
    Fall has been too fleeting. We are going to try to get more wood cut this week as well.

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  9. There are some days when I am so glad I live in the 'burbs and the gas comes to the house with no effort on my part...
    Have a good week!!

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  10. Right! I always say "Why do today what you can put off till next week" and "It's not going to snow much this winter" :-}

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  11. We are spoiled here, with no need for wood for the winter. Just higher electric bills.:-)

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  12. So do you have some favorite movies you would recommend?

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  13. Gosh, I hope it doesn't take 3 weekends to do it. The main thing sounds like getting it all near the fireplace before the snow hits hard. You'll really appreciate Nexflix after all is said and done. :)

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  14. i have a black down bibs and coat i wear - Mike says i look like the fanciest burnt marshmallow ever in the snow when i wear it...anyhow, thats what motivates me to go outside when chores await... you canadians are good for that kind of stuff; got down? got wool? got hats ;p ? got good drugs to take afterwards ;p ? Stay warm - Hell on wheels gets even better in season two!

    xoxox

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  15. There's something about cutting wood that's very satisfying. I like the old circular saw we used and cut the wood into stove length pieces. Cutting the wood in the bush was another story.

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  16. And my first response, when I saw all that wood was...GASP! I am in wood envy! It's lovely, beautiful, and will warm thrice...you are blessed, Grace.

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  17. It does seem like much wood when the snow is door high, does it?

    Hope you enjoyed your outing, work and pleasure.

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  18. Nothing like wood to keep one warm. I wonder how much wood is used approximate for each household in your part of the country! Keep warm my friend. Hugs M xoxox

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  19. Looks like part of the wood job of splitting is finished . . . I think there will be movie time before you know it!

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  20. That sounds like a hard job! I'm sure you appreciate the wood when you're warming by the fire. We just have gas logs, but I love sitting nearby reading--and getting drowsy. Getting up leaves is the big thing here--Larry has worked so hard.

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  21. Looks like hard work. Hope you got to see that movie and love all your images!

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  22. This all sounds like a fun day...hard labor, fresh air, peanut butter and honey sandwiches with hot tea...and the all important firewood!!
    Yep, work, but fun and healthy to boot.

    Oh and the movie? Which one?

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  23. The movies will be a faded memory when the icy blast of winter hits and you are basking in the warmth of the fruits of your labours.

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  24. decisions, decisions!!! I would have selected the sandwich with a movie ;)

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  25. You'll be glad you did it in the dead of winter.

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  26. Knowing that a warm fire will always be there because you took the time to prepare the wood will get you through--and you'll be able to curl up in front of that fire and enjoy your Netflix movies. Your Hero may even join you, which will be wonderful.

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