Monday, November 3, 2014

Winding down or speeding up.

An opportunist is a person who sees a green light everywhere,
while the pessimist sees only the red stop light…..
But the truly wise person is color-blind.
                                  Albert Schweitzer

It is once again the time of year where the work slows down…. let me rephrase that…. the work changes. It never really slows but priorities on the farm are indeed very different.

The time has been thrown back an hour and someone will no doubt be sitting at the kitchen table staring out the window into the dark wondering why she is sitting there at four in the morning. I am now feeding the cows every morning but there is no need to be up so early, nothing can be done in the dark. Oh yes that time change messes with my internal clock the one that already thinks it was perfectly normal to be sitting up at five in the morning waiting for the sun to come up. It is a long wait if you were wondering. We have a tug of war going on my clock and I, so far the clock seems to be winning.

Those cool nights have our woodstove in full pumping out heat mode now. The days are comfortable so I am grateful for that. My Hero and I will now begin the business of heading out into the bush early mornings every weekend till the snow flies to drop those trees that have died. Gigantic once beautiful elms (passed away from Dutch elm disease) make great firewood but need lots of time to be seasoned or dried. It does not matter that they have being standing dead for a year or two. It is a very funny tree seemingly holding on to its moisture forever. Elm, once split which is a very tricky thing to do with it twisty core and knots has a horrible musky smell that fills the air. Once it is dried it burns slowly and throws a good heat. It will be dropped, dragged, split and eventually piled waiting to be burned next year.

I do not mind being out there in the bush surrounded by all those beautiful trees and watching My Hero the handsome talented chainsaw wielding lumber guy dropping those trees, I look forward to it. Picnic lunches in the bush and working together side by side, oh yes there is nothing better in my eyes.

The fuel tanks are now full and the drop in price was a nice surprise. There will be no running out in the middle of the winter when the cows are waiting for their breakfast. The hay is waiting and ready although I must say My Hero has been slacking a bit, there are still some second cut bales waiting in the fields. There was a good crop this year so no worries about running out. The girls are happy and they greet me every morning with smiles like I was the most important person in the world. When they are happy I am happy.

The sky is finally taking on the beautiful orange hue that I have been waiting for and I do know this is going to be a busy day, so I must run. It is the time of year when things are winding down, not so sure about slowing down but definitely changing.

Once the snow does come and I have no doubt it will, there will be time for those curling up in my chair while the snow flies outside and Netflix will become my best friend moments. There will be snowshoeing through the bush after feeding the girls and I also have to tell you I have already begun that whole hat knitting thing again.

Oh yes winding down or speeding up that is the question. I look forward to whatever this may bring, we are ready, I think.



  1. " Once it is dried it burns slowly and throws a good heat. It will be dropped, dragged, split and eventually piled waiting to be burned next year."

    There is something, so reassuring about that statement. Comforting... Assurance that the Cycle goes on...

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  2. Like the thought of the two of you "teaming up" for the trek into the woods to down the dead trees . . . thoughts of lunch time in the woods brought me a smile. Very nice . . .

  3. Lunch time in the woods sounds like fun even in the middle of a work day. I'm not looking forward to winter, but it is here so we must make the best of it since I'm sure it won't go away...until spring.

  4. I'm still getting used to the time change also, and still getting up before 5am (hard for me!). I usualy have my coffee as I work out on the Bowflex in the mornings.

  5. It's changing here too. We are weaning calves tomorrow morning. The daily cattle chores are about to start. In the next week we will work Cousin T's cows and calves, Ultrasound and work our cows and run our calves through the chute.

    J has decided not to start any new projects this week; he thinks we have enough on our plate for the moment.

  6. I know what you mean about adjusting to the time change and for me I also have to adjust to the cold 0 degree Celsius temperature or 32 F. and snow on the ground. It feels exactly like winter. Unfortunately I'll still have to wait until November 27th before I get my stove installed.

    I like that you team up to work in the bush. We lost all our majestic Elm trees the same way. I love those big umbrella trees and you're right about the smelly wood when it's not seasoned.

    Stay safe and warm while in the bush.

  7. glad you've got good hay this year! always feels good to know the livestock will be provided for!

  8. Interesting quote. Good to see the hat knitting again :-D.

  9. And the seasons, they go round and round....... Love that wood heats you once when you are preparing it and again when you burn it....a 'twofer'.

  10. I did not know that about Elm trees! The time change screws me up every year. I wish they'd leave it the heck alone.

  11. You are prepared to "roll with the punches". You'll be fine and enjoy every moment no matter what it brings.

  12. You've made some real pets out of some of your cows when they like their hats and come to visit you. Cows are curious and come to see what you are. But sometimes when you want them to go some where they can become most uncooperative.

  13. Sounds like you are ready for the cold weather. I must admit, I have come to enjoy the slow pace of winter.

  14. I thoroughly enjoyed this post. You have a much better attitude toward winter, but I am working on it. I'm glad we've had such a nice fall. It helps. Isn't it nice to have your own wood. I am so grateful for our trees. Very nice post!

  15. Sounds like a wonderful time - out in the bush with a picnic, helping your hero with the necessary tasks. It is not quite 5 p.m. today and already near dark - yes, old man winter is coming to call.....It's taking me time to adjust, too - my internal clock is all mixed up. We still have a huge pile of firewood to be stacked....'Tis the season. Love the quote today. xo Karen

  16. Every season is a different adventure...a great adventure!
    I see the little Hereford LOVES her treat! Lol!
    Be safe with the logging...

  17. Sounds like a good time to hibernate. Today I noticed it being so dark so early. Drawing the drapes at 5 pm. I plan to be in my studio as much as possible these coming months. Love your images of the cows!

  18. Reading your thoughts and seeing your photos makes me homesick for the family farm; I do miss it terribly.

  19. I do not like the time change, it is dark so early!
    We too are cutting wood.
    Happy Knitting :)

  20. Good to read you are knitting once again. Your mum must be thrilled with you :).
    I do like daylight saving time. I don't blike the clock going back because then it's winter. We of course are in daylight saving time.

  21. Must be a nice feeling working together in the bush. Glad the girls are smiling. Hope you soon adjust to the time change.

  22. 'Morning B. I hope you have the loveliest of days. Be it in the bush, or with needles in hand.

  23. B,

    Plenty of hay, all kinds of wood for future fires...............
    What else can a woman ask for?
    Hugs to you and your Hero.

  24. It is good to read that you've had good crops for your girls, the drop in fuel price, and that you can look forward to the Winter. We hear a lot about Netflix here lately...I've a pattern and some wool for a toque, it was your enthusiasm for them that piqued my knitting curiosity :-). oooo 4 AM that is early!

  25. I hate the time change as it messes with milking time, cats are starved all the time and watching that wood pile I so hardly stacked come down bit by bit. November is so grey but like you at least I am forced to be out each day and enjoy my surroundings, rather then sit by that window wondering.

  26. I had hoped to be 'slowing down' for winter, but I suspect that, like you, we will just shift our focus. We spent the summer working on the house (as you know) and although the house isn't finished, it is now too cold to work on it. I am really, really looking forward to some one-on-one time with my sewing machine. Last winter, we had to move snow every day through November and December; I am hoping things are a bit calmer this year and we get the chance to relax and recharge before spring. Hubby and I spent last weekend working together to clean up the homesite and get ready for the snow to cover everything - it was great to work together on something other than the darn house.

    Hugs!!!!! Mandi

  27. I feel sorry for you amidst all the time confusion. We don't "do" Daylight Savings in Saskatchewan, so we don't have to worry about what time it is.

    I trust you and your Hero will have a lovely time cutting trees in the bush. And hauling them back with the tractor.

    And I hope the girls learn to keep their hats on during the snowy weather.

    And speaking of the girls, you never mention the boys. What are they up to?

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

  28. It's great to know you are ready for winter, Buttons. I didn't know elm had to age so long beofere it became good firewood. It's amazing what I learn while blogging. :)

  29. i just came across my pretty orange hat you made me the other day!! ready to go!

  30. Grace, I never realized just how hard you work, all year round. We tend to take our farmers for granted, the food keeps appearing on the table, and there is such abundance.

    Thank you farmer!


  31. Hi there B, glad to read your posts again. It's real nice that you've had a good crop(s) of hay. As you prepare for Winter so we are for the Summer. I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful hats for your girls. Enjoy your change of pace and it was good to catch up again. Cheerio :D)


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