Winter, Firewood, and Longing for Spring


A photo of Shawn from The Funny FarmIt’s that time of year again that I would skip all together, if I could. Hunting season is over and fishing season is still quite some time away. I really like to go ice fishing, but I’d rather be top water fishing for a “Big Ole Lunker” on my Jon Boat. Not to mention throwing picnics, going to NASCAR Races, and tending my vegetable garden. Oh how I long for spring. I love spring so much that I actually threw a picnic one Saturday in early April many years ago. While most of my relatives (including Mom) thought I was nuts, my friends and beer buddies loved it.

The big thing for me in winter is firewood. Cutting and splitting firewood is much nicer for me in the winter. We get a lot of wood done in the spring and summer, but we save a lot for winter too. It gives us one more thing to do outside in the cold weather months. I so need things to do outside in the cold weather months. I can’t be cooped up too long or I go crazy.

My brother-in-law, Ray, and I in the wood pile.

We had a real early cold season come upon us this year. Last year too! But that’s not always typical. In our neck of the woods it’s almost always foggy and rainy in early winter. We have lived in southern New England all of our lives, and I can count on two hands how many Christmas Seasons resembled those beautiful holiday cards we all get in the mail from our friends and loved ones. You know the ones. Snow covered farm scenes with a few left over corn stalks sticking up out of the snow drifts in the background. Or the one with Santa looking through a frost covered window at children hanging their stockings on the mantel. Again, that’s not usually the case here. Most of you probably know our saying here as well. “If you don’t like the weather, wait an hour.”

Anyway, back to firewood.

We have a wood burning stove in Tami and my living room, one in Mom and Kim’s living room, and one in the barn. We really need a lot of wood every year. Last year we went through about seven or eight cords, and that’s with an oil furnace as a back up for heat and also for all the hot water. Remember, we have two 4 bedroom houses that are attached. That’s a lot of square feet to heat!

Nebraska Dave
3/30/2010 2:45:32 PM

Shawn, we here in Nebraska are getting just a little taste of Spring. The days are 60 and 70 with the promise of an 80 degree day this week. However knowing how the weather can change in an instant here we have a long way to go until that May 15 last frost day arrives. It is nice to enjoy a few days of shirt sleeve weather before the Winter returns. There always seem to be that one last snow storm that comes through some time in April. It doesn’t last long and melts rather quickly but really puts a crimp on the garden minded folks. I hope you get some days to enjoy real soon. It really has been a long LONG Winter. I just bought a 460 Magnum Stihl saw last year and I know what you mean about personality. I call her Big Bertha. She has a 25 inch bar and will slice through a two foot diameter log in no time at all. I hope to use her this year to keep her parts oiled and gas fresh. She’s been a good addition to the tool shed. Keep your blades sharp and your chains oiled and I’ll see you in the woods.

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