Wood Progress

During Wednesday’s sunny weather I sorted wood.  Friends had cut 40″ wood to shorter lengths that would fit in the cook stove.  It isn’t an even division, so I sort longer (but short enough to fit in cook stove) and stack.  I am on the second rick of that wood.          Short pieces go into bulb crates and come into the house for burning.            I filled not …

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Winterizing Alone – Last Task

Before I left to visit my parents, I had been doing winterizing tasks to keep heat in the house  (plastic on French doors appears as an earlier blog post). The last task was getting the hard sheets of plastic to act as a storm window over the screen door.  So I got out the screw gun and a step stool and went to it!  Done!

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Cleaning and Clearing

Since Ken’s death I have been cleaning, sorting and clearing.  As I planned to visit my parents, I decided to skip to the top floor and clear a nice space for my farm sitter to sleep. The area was all torn up as I had given away a queen sized futon from a double bed frame (it was as Garrison Keillor would call it a deep valley bed).  When friends took the futon, they offered …

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Wood, Wood, Wood

Friends have been helping me cut wood for this winter – and maybe winters to come!         When Ken died there were several piles of wood split and cut to 40″ for the side stoke holes on the wood pottery kiln.  I had never used a chainsaw. Ken had bought a small one for me, but I couldn’t start it;  Ken would start it and then use it…   Since 40′ does …

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Changes – Back Up Heat

Years (decades?) ago, Ken put wires in the concrete basement floor for in floor heat.  It was wonderful, but like all the wire in floor heat we have heard about, it died mysteriously.  And no one wants to hammer up the concrete.  So last winter after Ken’s death I was completely dependent on wood heat – no back up. But I started planning and asking around.  I decided off peak electrical heat storage was my …

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Progress on the Wood Front!

Today I had a great surprise.  A young friend, Ryan was in the area and was ready to help buzz up some of the kiln wood.        There is a pile of mixed length Ken and I had stacked for the side stoke holes in the pottery kiln.  Ryan jumped up and cut.  I pitched into a trailer.       Once that one was full, Ryan moved it close to where I …

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Snow Adds a Texture

Oscar the dog seemed to go for a walk even though it is the first snow and the weather is cool and cloudy and damp!  So I brought my camera.  The fall foliage is a bit past peak; I have enjoyed it for weeks and keep forgetting my camera.      But with snow I found sights that make me smile: the sedum with darker shaded small blossoms below,         Leaves still …

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Trying to Snow

Well, our first snow fall of the season!  The snow is drifting down in big flakes, and I fell like I am inside a lightly shaken snow globe.       Looks like clouds all day, but with sun and higher temperatures as the week progresses, this snow wont stay long.

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Jammin’

One way to empty freezers is to use some of the older or surplus for jams or wine.  I made batches of plum jam (right) yesterday and strawberry today.  Here is a photo as I pulled the strawberry out of the hot water bath.  I am happy to report they have all sealed! Ping ping!   And thank you to Otto and Sadie for the wire creations in the back.

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