I cleaned up the limbs from the patio roof cleaning project. The limbs were on the smaller size but after I got the twigs and branches off I cut up the bigger sections into wood for either the fire pit or the BBQ smoker. Apple wood is a great hardwood to cook food! One thing I do is cut up the limbs from the trees around my house since I have Walnut, Apple and cherry trees that need cleaning up. I don’t get a lot of wood at any one time but that one limb filled up 2 log carrying bags worth of wood. Perhaps a day’s worth of wood in the wood stove but a good amount for the fire pit and smoker and that is just one of many limbs that need trimming. I don’t know if many people just haul the tree limbs away as yard waste but I think it worth the effort to cut up and use that wood.
I had one small problem cutting up the limbs. My little B&D battery powered chainsaw sort of died. I’m going to clean it up and see if the motor got a little bound up or if the chainsaw is dead. I won’t complain if the little saw died because I got my moneys worth out of it. I’ll probably buy a Ryobi chainsaw as a replacement since B&D dose not make the 18 volt chain saw these days.
Big storm is supposed hit the 2nd of November. Mostly rain here in the Valley with a big drop in temps. This is kind of perfect for me as I can lay down more grass seed and let mama nature water it into the ground. I like to cut the grass short in the fall as it makes it easier to get the grass seed planted and I can see the bad spots easier. Then I can add any soil amendments, dirt to the spots that need it the most.
I got the last of the garden hoses drained and ready for winter storage. You should drain your hoses since the freeze thaw cycle can damage the interior of the hose. The hose can look great on the outside but the interior damage can’t be seen until the hose bursts and good hoses are not cheap. This next week I’ll be draining the water barrels down to 2/3rds so the rain barrels don’t burst from freezing.
A few odds and ends for the week. The birds are starting to come to the new bird feeding area. Saw a small bird hopping around the rocks of the water feature getting a drink. It was not a bird I’m familiar with like the snow birds/finches/sparrows we see in winter. This was bird with a thin body type not like a sparrow and almost a black rather than a brown. I need to get a birding book so I can Identify birds. I saw a couple of sparrows sort of test the bird feeders darting in and out but not quite trusting the new area yet. The squirrels and couple of the neighbor cats seem to like the new water feature for getting a drink. I got another garden bed cleaned out of plants and I think I got my fans set up for moving the heat from the woodstove to that backside of my house. It is not really cold yet but if this set up works I need only one standing fan and that will save money on the electric bill.
What I see so far for the winter weather here in Idaho. It looks like the cold arctic air is staying to the west side of the Rockies rather than dropping down the east side like it has done the last couple of years. That is good for the west as we get a lot more rain, snow and cool weather that helps the snow last into spring for irrigation. You folks in the midwest will get hit with the cold but I’m not sure if you will get the moisture. I know you folks do dry land farming but you need the rain/snow to fill up your rivers for barge traffic along with having the ground damp and healthy for planting crops, pasture for animals.
It’s funny this summer some idiot from California wanted to make a canal from the Mississippi River to move water to Southern California since Lake Mead and Powell were drying up. Now the Mississippi River is down so low barge traffic is in trouble. Folks don’t do it! These idiots on the west coast want to destroy dams in a drought and when they don’t have electricity because of some fish. I like salmon and steelhead trout but I would think for the amount of money they want for destroying dams we could find a way to help the fish and not destroy clean Hydro power, or cheap shipping by barge for things like food.