Although it was considerably warmer today than it’s been, Little Pond, which sits at the bottom of our driveway, is now frozen solid. It was a rather grey, bleak day, but we still try to get outside once or twice a day, seven days a week, to enjoy the fresh air and take walks no matter what the weather. We decided it might be fun to walk across the icy pond, and get a different perspective from our usual view.
Our 16 x 20 shed was completely stacked with cut and seasoned wood by the end of summer. The “problem” is that the last few winters have been relatively warm and we haven’t had to use much wood in the woodstove, thanks to our very well insulated house. Some of the wood has been sitting in the shed for more than 5 years. The problem is that after a certain point, wood can get too dry and brittle. At that point it won’t burn very hot and will burn so quickly that it’s not really fuel-efficient. So this year we decided that rather than adding more cut wood to the shed, we’d just take our extra wood and leave it under tarps until we could make a serious dent in the “old” wood that’s been stored since we first built the house. Because it’s been very cold, we have been using more wood for heat in general. I think we still have several years to go, though, before the shed is emptied of the “old” wood, but hopefully we’ll use it up before dry rot sets in.