Monday, December 30, 2013

Not So Young Anymore

I hope everyone had a great Christmas, I know we sure did.

It was a busy one, that's for sure. We had another wedding this weekend, some friends of ours married off their son. We jumped in and helped them out as much as we could. I took some tools over to their house last Thursday night and we built the decorations for the reception. Then on Saturday while they were all at the reception we helped set up for the after party and had the fires going, the beer iced and the food cooking. This way when the wedding party came back to their house everything was done.

Somewhere in all that I was able to get down to the old farm and cut up about a cord of wood. I had a lot of help form the family so we were able to get it done quicker than I thought.

Even with all the help, that saw got really heavy. My old back is not as young as it once was and all that bending over just about got me. I had to force myself to get out of bed the next morning.

It's always better when my dad brings the loader down. He was able to get the trees in a good location to cut, plus loading the wood is a lot easier. Check out the homemade log splitter in the pic to the right.
That thing is over thirty years old.

Next weekend we need to go back down and split up what is left. There is about another cord to split. 
This wood will last us the rest of the winter. I was almost out of wood and the house was cold. My heater just don't heat like it should and needs to be replaced. It just runs and runs burning electricity. I think at best it will get the house up to 58 degrees. The fire place keeps the house at a comfortable 68.

I got some more materials for the fire trough yesterday. Just another piece of the outdoor kitchen. This is where the dutch ovens will hang and it is where I will make the coals for the Cajun Microwave. I should have it done by the end of the week, I hope. I will show you what I'm talking about when it's done.

Please be safe out there this week. New Years Eve is for the amateur alcoholics to be out and being they don't drink all the time, they don't know how to handle themselves.
The professionals stay at home.

Saying that, I plan to stay at home and have some family over. The plan is to sit around the fire and have a good time.

Stay safe,



  1. Many winters and much wood is cut and split by the time we start feeling it. The rows in the garden get longer in the summer. At least we aren't setting around like some people, well except on new years eve. Have a good one, I will raise a glass to all the bloggers!

    1. Thanks SBF, I guess if I did it all the time then it would not effect me as much, but being I only do it once a year it tends to get those areas that are not used so often.

  2. Us, getting older folk, all feel your pain. It was my knees & back due to pulling weeds this past weekend. I wish you & your family a very Happy New Year!

  3. Jerry, In our minds we are and will always be Superman, but our bodies tell us differently. Bitter cold here in MN tonight. a bakers dozen below zero last night and again tonight. We also got some lite snow so driving is not fun.

    Have a safe New Years Eve.

    1. Rob, that is way too cold for me, I will take my mild winters in a heart beat. The summers here though, I would rather have yours.
      You be safe as well.

  4. We usually stay home new years. We don't party and I always seem to wake up at the crack of dawn anyway. Good luck with the wood. When I was little, we had a wood stove. I don't miss moving and stacking it. Hubby has a bad shoulder and knee, so our projects always take a little longer.

    1. Thanks for the comment J&M,
      I would miss the smell and the warmth of the fire if I did not have it. All the work I would not miss.

  5. Joe and I aren't party animals. Sitting around a fire pit is as exciting as we get, but it's our kind of wonderful. I hope some of you can bring out the guitars. I miss sitting around our bonfires in Indiana, picking and grinning. Ahhh, country and bluegrass, where have you gone. Now, we mostly move slowly and listen to our joints pop and realize our futures are behind us. Have I cheered you up yet?

  6. We are staying home tonight and I'm going to try to make spicy chicken wings :)
    I need to post. I have so much going on it's unreal! I had my first litter of meat rabbits four days ago. I'm hoping I will be able to eat them, they are soo cute :/
    Happy New Year to you and your family! 2014 is going to be AWESOME!!!!