All that first week we gathered all of the wood we had accumulated from trimming and removing trees here on the farm and any scrap wood we had from projects. Stacking it and splitting it as needed (the old fashioned way). I never realised how much wood one of these things eats. Our meager supply of seasoned wood was just about gone in 1 week.
Monday while going over to my brother John's to help him butcher a deer (and bring home some fresh venison) my van broke down. Luckily I was only about 1 mile from town and limped it in to where my son-in-law Eric works. He said the alternator was shot. I got a ride home from my buddy Dan, just in time to unload a huge pile of branches off my pick-up and get ready to got to my first day of physical therapy for my shoulder, to keep it in shape for future surgery and help aleive some of the pain.
After PT (Painful Torture) I went home and called some junk yards looking for an alternator. Luckily I found one close by and had just enough time to get there before they closed. I got the alternator and figured that since I was close by, I would stop over to Johns and pick up some seasoned wood he had laying around. We loaded up the truck with the help of his grandson Nick and I even got some venison (since I haven't been able to hunt he has provided me with venison). On my way home the truck started acting up, I dropped the alternator off at my van and limped on home.
Tuesday morning Dan picked me up for our chiropractor appointment and them took me back to get my van which Eric had fixed during his lunch hour. It worked fine and I went home and we unloaded the truck and stacked wood.
Wednesday and Friday I had more PT. Saturday it was shopping and getting hay for the rabbits. Today I spent the whole day sawing wood into proper lengths and spitting it.
In my FREE time, besides taking care of the livestock and feeding the fire, I was kept busy with other chores, such as:
Letting these guys in and out every half hour.
Petting poor Harley who is not ready for winter and is suffering from "cabin fever".
Find ways to entertain these two of the three brothers.
And cuss at my slow computer and ISP.
Today my wife made her first attempt at baking bread. She used the recipe on our daughter's site http://www.childreninthecorn.blogspot.com/
As you can see it turned out pretty good and tasted GREAT. It was even better than what my mother used to make. (SORRY MOM) But of course mom never used bread flour, just all purpose flour. Thanks for the recipe Ang. We will be making lots of this from now on.