No new post in a week since there hasn't been anything of real interest to report.
Our wood cutting for the month of April is going slow. Many days of rain, not hard but often simply a misting, have made it unsafe to be on the wood pile with chainsaw and slippery boots.
Days when we feel we can, we've been hitting it though. Papa Pea cuts and I pick up the pieces and haul them over to the splitting piles. Lots of muscle power used by both of us. I continually marvel that although my husband is a long tall guy, he isn't bothered by back trouble doing the work as are many others with his body type.
We did cut yesterday, but boy howdy, was it wet underfoot. Unfortunately, the only place we have for the delivering logger to unload the 8' long logs is at the bottom of our land that slopes at a good angle downhill . . . or uphill, I suppose, from us standing in the wood working area.
With all the melting snow combined with the rain, there's currently a little stream running right through where we work. Slip-slosh, squish-squash . . . plus some mud but the wood chips created by the cutting help with that. Not the worst situation, but the cut pieces of wood often roll right into the inches-deep water, and I'm constantly slopping through it back and forth picking up the wood to carry to the piles. My boots keep out the water but my pants inevitably end up wet up about six inches from the splashing.
This is hard work for both of us, but good at the same time as it keeps our muscles strong and in good working order. I have a strong back and legs but find I feel the repetitive heavy lifting in my forearms. You'd think the muscles there would be good and strong just from doing every day things, wouldn't you?
We're now forecast to have a late winter snowstorm with high winds beginning this afternoon/evening and going through the night. Eight to 12" but we'll believe it when we see it. I may take a picture of our bare ground today before any snow starts for comparison to what we actually get.
I think I'll run into town first thing this morning. Papa Pea has a book in at the library, I have mail to take to the P.O., I'll be good and take a load to the Recycling Center and then make a stop at the Co-op. (Organic ice cream is on sale!)
Then when (and if) the snow starts, I'll sit and do handwork while enjoying it. Can't do anything about it if Mother Nature chooses to send a late, big bunch of the white stuff down upon us, so I'll just enjoy watching the beauty of it. Then hope for warmish weather to make it all go away!
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