If you are reading a lot of farm blogs, or blogs in general, you probably have read more than you care to about the rain. It's May 4, and we would really like to be wrapping up our corn planting now and tearing open bean sacks, but no go. We are ready though!
DANGED OLD WEATHER!
Well, you know the old saying, "Make hay while the sun shines..." so we are trying to catch up on work around here we might not have done until later in the summer or early fall. One of those chores is filling up the wood pile! It's actually kind of a nice job to do while it's cool.
We heat our house and water and the new floors in the garage and sun room with this lovely corn/wood burner during the cold months (which now seem to run October through MAY!). We have burnt corn (that's what the little silver bin is for), but at $7.50 a bushel, the free wood is looking like a much better deal.
We don't split wood Daniel Boone or Davey Crockett style because, remember, Tall Guy has had three back surgeries, but I bet even Daniel and Davey would have loved this handy gadget: the log splitter!
You place a round log under the two bars coming out, and then the middle, triangular part comes down slowly and splits the log in to two parts. We usually then split each half in half. HA! Listen to me use the word "WE"! I did not get to do this part of the job!
It makes this process a whole lot easier on the person splitting the logs, BUT the stacker still has to stack because....well....because there isn't a machine to do that. I am happy to announce I did a fair amount of stacking on this lovely collection of wood!
Since Waste is a four-letter word around the farm.....think about it.......ok ;-), we gather up all the bark and wood chips and throw them in the fire too!
Here is to drier days. Prayers go out to the families in SE Missouri whose farms were flooded in order to save the town of Cairo. After reading all the information, I still have such mixed feelings about this situation!