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Stacking Wood

by Tyler

For the last few days, Tara and I have spent an hour or two each morning stacking wood. It'll be a year or more before we start burning these logs to heat our little cottage, but the work fills me with an immediate sense of joy. It just feels right. I think it is because the effort we're expending contributes directly to our survival. Somehow, that's more rewarding to me than the usual scenario of working to make money to pay for our survival.

We're not the only ones who've been building up our winter stores—as we work, little critters scurry around us, preparing for the snowy season ahead. We've been spotting chipmunks constantly the last few weeks, thanks to the racket they kick up, crunching loudly through the forest floor over fallen leaves. I've lost count of how many times we've assumed the sound must be from an animal fifty times their size!

Tara Stacking Wood

When we're finished stacking the wood we split last weekend, we'll have about two cords stockpiled, and it will be time to split another round. This is a job with no end; so far, I can't say as though I mind!

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You guys are making me want to move to New England *so bad*. Fall in coastal California is just not nearly as homey. I'm enjoying living vicariously through your stories, as always :0).
Posted by liza on October 31st, 2013 at 11:54 AM
What about the swing, have you found time to use it during this hectic summer/autumn season? Seems very quiet behind the pile...

And Liza, I would change anytime my Quebec's winter for your coastal Cal one...always greener...like they say!;-)))
At least I could use my bike year round...like you!? ;-)
Posted by David B. on October 31st, 2013 at 6:46 PM
If you are like us, you'll have to hide yours from other Vermonters who have PERFECT woodpiles...stacking is truly an art!
Posted by Tambra on November 1st, 2013 at 6:42 AM
Liza-- Do it! The east coast is the best coast ;)

David-- Hmmm, not much swinging, but Tara and I are taking music lessons, her for the violin, and me for the cello. One of these days we'll get around to posting a nice update about it. What's new in Quebec?

Tambra-- We won't judge you by your wood pile if you don't judge us by ours ;)
Posted by Tyler on November 3rd, 2013 at 10:30 PM