Among everything else, it’s time to start getting our winter wood in. An enormous oak tree fell recently, bringing an ash and a maple down with it. It won’t actually be firewood for this season, it will need a good year of drying time. But there we were, on a humid July afternoon, bucking it up and hauling it into the woodshed. Firewood is like money in the bank. Maybe even better. I know that the full woodshed means a toasty warm house. Whoo hoo! With three woodstoves doing the job of heating the house, we count on having about 7 cords of wood stacked. This doesn’t include the wood we burn in the wood cook stove, tack on another cord or so for that. You can see why we’re starting with our wood gathering now! There is always a feeling of relief and satisfaction when the wood is all in, and the barn is full with a winter’s worth of hay. Two chores that we are always glad to have behind us once the snow starts falling. So, here we are, mid July and on our ‘day off ‘ mind you, cutting firewood. What do you do as a reward for this effort? A refreshing jump in the lake!