This evening's view...

To hurry the pace, and keep most our strength,
we decided to use the tractor to move the spilt wood over to the woodshed.
Photo of ~T~ driving our JD through our lower pasture. 

I did a variety of work today.  Tending the greenhouse, transplanting tomatoes and peppers inside, several loads of laundry, time on the spinning wheel, and making what has become our customary meal: beans, brown rice, and fresh greens.    I usually try to do 'my list', as well as help 'T' out when he is doing heavy work.  'T' worked on cutting wood all day.  The weather today was rainy.  Dark, cloudy and windy.  Not my favorite weather.

We ran out of firewood at the end of March. We tried for the month of April to find an honest person to deliver firewood, and at a somewhat reasonable price.  We saw prices as high as $300 for 1 cord of spilt Doug Fir. It was tough!  After talking with our new neighbors from South Dakota, they found the same situation...'hard to get the firewood'.  These new neighbors are very nice, as when they found out we did not have any wood for heat, they offered us some from their wood pile.  What a blessing!  Although we declined, as we didn't want to cut into their supply.  We toughed it out and found scrapes of lumber from T's woodworking, to burn for a short periods to take the chill off the house. 

Dumping wood at woodshed.

One day on our way home from work, both of us spotted, at the same time, a dump truck at the small rural grocery store, with a sign on it:  "For Sale" and the phone number!  T did a quick jab on the breaks of our truck, and pulled over behind the dump truck.

I immediately, asked T for his cell phone, and I dialed away, while sitting behind the truck.  The driver said this load was sold, but we could be third in line.  I told him, we would take two loads.  A week later, about 7:45 pm on a Sunday night, we got the phone call that he's was on his way to deliver the first load.

It started like this...

Logs unloading...

It shook the ground and was very loud.

Now, the real work begins...

The logs ranged in diameter of 28 inches to 36 inches.

It's estimated that one load of these logs will give three to four cords.  Just in case you don't know how large a true cord is: 4'X4'X8'. 

If you wanted to purchase firewood by the pick-up load, and the seller is stating it's a cord of wood,  you would want the wood to be stacked from front to back of a fullsize truck (example: fullsize Ford, Chev, Dodge with an 8' bed).  The wood would need to be stacked up to the top (height of the cab) of the truck.  If you purchase wood tossed into the back of the truck (not stacked) you will not be getting a full cord of wood.  Beware!  It looks like a lot, but it is not a true cord.

The two loads of wood we received were Doug Fir, which is a preferred wood in our area to burn, unless you can get ahold of h
ardwoods such as Maple, Oak, or Madrona, etc., but those are hard to come by in our neck of the woods.  ;o)

Bucking the logs and then splitting the wood is hard physical work.
But it is good for the body!

The saying that firewood heats you twice, is so true.  However, we think it's 'more than twice" that it heats you... with all the various levels that go with getting it into the woodshed.

We were grateful that we were also able to get the neighbors (from S.Dakota) on the list to receive a load of logs too.  On Friday, the load was delivered.  'T' will be helping to buck some of the logs, and split the rounds for them.   

After a few days of warm and sunny weather 83*F... the temperatures are dropping to low 40's F. the next few days.  Yikes!


Cutting Garden, May, 2012

Finally... I got the flower cutting garden in...
It seemed to take forever!

Hoping they survive the low temperatures.

Spring harvest of Herbs! 
~Dill, Parsley, Celery~

The photo above is of one of several herb harvests, I have done this year.  These herbs were dehydrated at low temperatures for future use.  Then stored in large gallon glass jars in the dark.
Since we don't used any prepackaged or processed foods, we rely heavily on herbs to season our food. 

Dill Harvest, May 2012

Dill... A whole 1.5 lbs! 

This years dill harvest was over the top!

I'm out of time for tonight.  There is much more to share...

I'll be back...hopefully sooner than later.

Blessing to you,


Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink, and enjoy oneself in all one's labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his reward.  Ecclesiastes 5:18 NASB


Dianne @ My Southern Heart said...

Glad you were able to get some firewood! Neighbors that help each other are a blessing. How do you dry your herbs? In the oven or the microwave? Blessings to you!

A Farmstead Pilgrimage... said...

Hi Dianne@My Southern Heart!
We have lived here 16 years, and have never had friendly or helpful neighbors, until a few years ago. It's been somewhat of a 'new' situation to get used to.

This bunch of herbs were dehydrated in the dehydrator. Depending on the quantity of herbs, and how much time I have to tend the herbs while drying, I will sometimes dry them on cookie sheets, although you have to watch them (on the cookie sheet), as they can mold easily, depending how much moisture is in the air.

We don't have a microwave, as we found those to be very harmful to ourselves, as well as they change the molecular structure of the food, making the food then harmful to the body.

Thanks for your comment!
Have a blessed day!