I got out for 3 1/2 hours today and worked on splitting White Oak logs I got about 3 years ago. It was a crisp morning, in the high teens.
After a few hours I felt a calmness. This mornings splitting reminded me how good we feel when we persevere. I came close to calling it quits after a half hour because of the cold.
There used to be four White Oak logs. I’m down to one more log to split.
My wood shed hoop house is full so I made the pile nearby. In the next week or two I’m going to to lengthen the shed 10 feet to give me plenty of dry storage. I want to have enough dry storage to keep a season worth of wood.
There’s plenty to go when I finish but progress is progress.
I walked by the wood stove today and something captivated me.
Yes, most of my blog posts are about sharpening chainsaws, cutting firewood, splitting firewood and stacking firewood. But that’s just a means to and end.
The reason I do all the work is for what you see in the picture above.
What do I see?
- Self Sufficiency. A wood stove heating a house with no reliance on big oil, big gas or big electricity.
- A clothes dryer.
- A clothes warmer. Have you ever put on a coat or pair of shoes that was lying in front of a wood stove. No matter how cold it is outside you carry that heat with you while transitioning from indoors to out.
- A peaceful place. Who doesn’t relax when seated in front of a fire?
What do you see when you look at a wood stove?