Well, we woke up to this year’s first substantial snowfall. I’m not sure the word substantial is the correct one to use here because all we got was a mere three inches, but it did cover all the grass, so that’s good enough for me. And the fact that I had to use the snowblower to remove it from the driveway says something right there. I didn’t want to do any snow removal, but we’re expecting five to eight inches next week alongside a temperature drop to -5 degrees, so I felt it was important to do the best I could. If I hadn’t, this snow would melt, then refreeze to cause havoc next week during that cleanup. I’m trying to avoid that.
Here’s a photo of the front lawn and driveway through our front window.
I have a little something to say about firewood. Take a look at this next photo. This is the garage that houses a good majority of our wood. If you look at the piles inside the garage, you’ll see beautiful, dry, seasoned logs. Right outside is another pile. This is the stuff that I couldn’t fit on the inside. This pile is okay, but it’s been getting weathered and rained on since the spring.
Right now, because I don’t have this wood covered, some snow is obviously touching it. I’m not concerned about this.
In April of this year, I got the bright idea of having three more cords of wood delivered. We didn’t need it, but I thought it would be fun to skip a year of ordering next year. We have a cement pad on the side of driveway, so when the guy came to deliver the wood, I asked him to dump it on the cement. He did, it fit and things were fine. I left the wood there all summer and stacked it up in October. Here’s a photo of that.
You can see the tarp drooping because I’ve been chipping away at that front pile. That’s what I’ve been burning so far this year.
When I was stacking this wood, I discovered that it was really wet. I had always heard that firewood somehow dried out, even when it’s left in a big pile. Folks claim that the air can travel right through the logs and it doesn’t really matter if it’s stacked or left in a giant hump. Well, I’m here to tell you that it does make a difference. The moisture content of a log greatly depends on how it’s stored and where it’s stored. Believe it or not, there were a few pieces that looked like they were about to begin rotting. As I was stacking this wood, that’s still saturated by the way, I told myself that I would never store wood outside again. It’s not worth it. This stuff is crumbly and wet and dirty. I don’t like it at all and it’s a far cry from what I have in the garage. The reason I think the outside wood near the garage is better at this point is because I have that area lifted off the ground on pallets. The wood on the cement is actually touching the ground. That’s why I’m bringing it in and burning it. Just to get rid of it. I don’t even like looking at it.
If you look at this next photo, you can see the pallets under the wood I just spoke of. That apparently makes a huge difference.
I think winter may have arrived. As I mentioned earlier, the temps are supposed to really drop next week. I have a buddy who is volunteering his time to clean up some snowmobile trails and another buddy who’s working up at Sugarloaf doing all sorts of things. These guys go nuts during the winter and so do I. I absolutely love it and I was thrilled this morning when I saw the change in landscape. You can’s say the first snowfall isn’t exciting. That’s for sure. In February and March, I’ll be complaining about how I don’t want to do anymore snowblowing, but for now, it’s all good.
I’m going to try my best this winter to keep things as neat as possible. I’d like to keep a path around the truck and trailer, just in case I need to use the truck. It’s too easy to get lazy and now clear around all sides of a vehicle that’s stored in the driveway.
We’ll have to see how this goes after our first blizzard.
Okay, that’s about it. I’ll leave you with one final random photo of our backyard. In a few weeks, I’m sure this will look mighty different, so it’s nice to capture it now.