It may sound a little crazy but I get a huge boost in December when I see the days start getting long even if it is only a few minutes per day. Oh it can still be dark with clouds having day light last till 5:30 pm compared to 5:00 pm gets me think that Spring is coming and the daylight will last longer each day.
For today’s fire wood work I went back to cutting the Doug Fir for kindling rather than the mill ends. I was a little surprised how easy it was to split the Doug fir compared to the mill ends even with the additional step of using the regular sized axe to split the logs into smaller chunks for the hatchet. As of now I have both of my boxes full of kindling, so I should have about 3-4 weeks worth of worth stored on the front porch. With the winter weather staying mild, I can start filling up the big 18 gallon buckets with kindling.
I seem to be getting a little better at staying ahead for this year’s wood heating but I’d really like to spend next year getting all the fire starters, kindling and fire wood I need for the winter season completed around July or August. I did a little better in 2018 buying and stacking some of the firewood starting in April/May but I did not follow up getting the kindling cut or making the fire starters. In 2019 I will do a better job preparing now that I know what I need for the winter heating season.
I have to recommend getting a garden cart/wagon for anyone that gardens or moves thing like firewood around your property. Sure you can carry arm loads of fire wood and make many trips daily or you could load up the wagon and make only a couple of trips filling the porch wood rack once a week. I prefer using the wagon to carrying armloads of fire wood. I can fill the wagon, take a little break, then unload the wagon. I do that a couple of times and my porch wood rack is full for about 4-5 days. Plus wagons can also move garden stuff in spring and summer. I prefer a wagon to a wheel barrow because I don’t have to lift to move the cart!
Time to start thinking about your spring and summer garden plans. I have to finish building my garden beds, add better fencing to keep one of my dogs from digging in the garden beds. I need to take out a couple of dead cherry trees and start preparing the foundation for a new greenhouse. Plus I’m not a big fan of cherries. I prefer apples, peaches, plums or apricots for fruit trees
Perhaps you have trees that need some work or need to be removed for safety. Start saving up cash because having pro’s do the work costs some money. I’m big into DIY but sometimes it is best to pay the money for pros because they do the work and they take the risk. What I can do is minimize any risk to the pro’s or my self if I decide to take on a job. I hope once all the trees are cleaned up an healthy I can use my basic tools to keep the trees and plants healthy.
For New Year’s dinner I’m going simple. The local grocery store had some nice steaks and lobster tails on sale and I can grill them in under 15 minutes. A salad, corn on the cob from fall and homemade bread and you have a great meal. One thing nice about cooking steak and lobster is the cooking time is minimal, even if it sort of expensive to purchase. New Year’s only happens once a year so it won’t break the budget.
I am moving into storing twenty dollar bills for “Oh Darn!” money if the power or the internet goes out. Locally I’ve seem folks unable to pay for grocery shopping because Century Link (ISP/Phone provider) went off line. I had cash and paid easily without depending on my “smart phone” that I don’t own. For cash on hand I’d recommend $20.00 or smaller bills. If your savings gets a bit bulky convert some of the cash into silver or gold. Just a FYI about digital money and smart phones. They can be convenient but when the ISP goes down or a power outage happens cash is King.