13 November 2008

At long last...

Our firewood delivery arrived yesterday.

Thankfully, we've had a rather mild fall, and our oil tank still has oil leftover from last year (we'd like to hold off having it filled again as oil prices continue to go down.)

My arms are nearly useless from all the raking and now the wood stacking, but let me tell you, this is a welcome site in our basement - especially as the night-time temps are now dropping well below freezing.

As an aside, you may remember we cut down a HUGE OAK TREE back in the Spring. In fact, we used our firewood money to cut down said tree, because we intended to cut it up and burn it this winter. But it was only AFTER the whole thing was done did someone bother to tell us that the wood needs at least a year to dry out properly.

We ignored that bit of information and planned to burn our tree anyway, but just last week, we checked it again, and yes, the logs from the tree are still far too green.

So, not only did we get to pay for firewood ANYWAY, we also waited until too late in the season to buy it, so we pay extra for seasoned wood. I might add that the seasoned wood which arrived yesterday isn't much drier than the wood from our tree.

But hey, at least we're warm.

And if that doesn't work, we can just keep moving the wood around all winter, like we've been doing for the past 24 hours. Nothing like that to keep you warm.

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