It’s been a good while since Hubby and I spent the day together in the woods. The weather was nice enough (40* and sunny) for me to get out with my fingers crossed that the bronchial problems wouldn’t re-surface. It was the last day of deer hunting season and hubby had killed two does and one buck with his muzzleloader in the last three days to complete his big game tag. The front porch firewood supply was getting low (even though the wood house was fuller than it had been for three years) and it had been a long time since we had cut firewood together.
After breakfast was over, I washed up the dishes, fed the chickens and turned them out, and started the laundry while hubby fed the cattle. Then we headed for the flatwoods with the chainsaw, gloves and a smile on my face. We saw several deer run as we entered the woods and a squirrel took for the tree tops.
Within a hundred feet we found three dead locust and and a downed oak so we stopped the truck and I waited for hubby to bring them down and within a hour the truck was packed with wonderful fuel for the woodstoves. We headed back to the house with the pickup full.
Notice the handmade wheelbarrow that hubby made last spring. That thing is the best tool we own as far as I’m concerned. It’s balanced just right and I can go anywhere with it. Hubby decided to use the splitting maul to quarter the larger pieces and while he did that I unloaded the smaller sticks to the wheelbarrow and he pushed it to the porch for me and I unloaded it. It was good quality time together and even though it’s calling for temps to be in the 40’s this coming week, we’ll still have to have a fire day and night. We’re saving the wood in the woodhouse for hardtimes (snow to deep to get to the woods) and we’ve talked about doing this for the next few Saturdays together, weather permitting, and fill up the entire three sides of the front porch. We like to do this because it blocks the winds from the front door and we will have those nasty winds. Here’s the finished work about thirty minutes later.
From this point I returned indoors to work on laundry and other chores while hubby skinned and quarted the venison. We had a very productive day.