In which the weekends make me tired, but at least it isn't winter yet
|The shed is FULL!|
|Our wonderful neighbor kid Antonio volunteered to help split the giant rounds|
Even after a year of seasoning, the rounds were still really heavy. Antonio split each round into 8 pieces with the splitting maul, and then we split those pieces with the mechanical splitter. Each of the 1/8 rounds filled up a wheelbarrow with split chunks of wood.
We go through 2-4 cords of wood each winter, depending on the weather and how much time we spend at home. I'm betting that we'll be home more than usual this year, so we wanted to fill the shed all the way up--and we have!
|My family believes in neighbors helping neighbors--and we also believe|
in thank-you gifts that include chocolate chips. Antonio got a dozen
cookies all to himself (his mom says he shared with her)
With the firewood taken care of, it's time to look at animal needs. The barn is freshly painted (photos and a video tour hopefully coming soon!) and I took advantage of dry weather to bring in a pallet of wood pellets for bedding.
|I used a tool box and a paint platform as stairs so I could hoist the final layers--|
the stack is significantly taller than me!
The farm gardens are slowing down now. The beans and sunflower seeds are all harvested, shelled, sorted, and are drying on racks before we put them into jars to store. The herbs are ready to move onto the drying racks as soon as the beans move out.
The corn is out, the potatoes are out, the berry bushes are tucked in for the winter. The squash vines are beginning to die back--we will harvest butternut squashes and pumpkins this month.
And then, there are the apples.
|Jim patiently taught me how to can stuff, and I've been doing a batch or two |
of fruit sauce each weekend: pick, wash, peel, core, chop, can. All by myself!
With all the work that needs to be done, it's hard to take a break. But when I'm finished with the chores, there's a certain Somebody who knows where we need to go.
|Maybe we look for mushrooms, maybe we just go trot for a while.|
The weather is still warmish, but we're almost ready for winter.
I'm in no hurry, though. Could we just keep the sunshine around for a little while longer?