The cold persists at Walden puddle, -27c at 6am, but now rising to -23 at 10am.
On the upside, the snow is beautiful and makes squeaky, crunchy sounds under my boots. The single room of the tiny house that we are currently heating is a cozy refuge. The chickadees and pine Grossbeaks are coping as long as I keep the supply of oilseeds stocked. The old terrier Riley has claimed a spot on E’s bunk near the stove with a good view out the window. He has perfected the efficiency of his outside business trips, now managing a double header (#1 and 2) in less than a minute.
I feel content, but focused. A combination of circumstances and small setbacks has limited our firewood gathering effort in the last few weeks, so now that has become top priority with work on the bedroom put on hold.
I picked up the replacement starting cord for the small generator yesterday and had a go at fixing it. Unfortunately there was a second problem with the spring loaded return mechanism. It is a curse of modern manufacturing that many parts that should have been made of metal, are made of plastic. As a temporary fix, I was able to rob the needed part from a spare engine I keep on the shelf.
1:10 pm, I need a chance to rest and normalize my temperature once in a while, this might be a good chance to catch up on some blogging and playing “Whack a Troll” on face book. I have split wood, filled all of our containers, and stowed the current supply in the shop. Next, I will take the chainsaw out into the bush and start bucking up deadfall. I hope to get a good collection cut by the weekend, when E can help drag it out for further cutting and splitting. The forecast is for warmer temperatures by the weekend, but now they are starting to talk about more snowfall (crap).
2:47pm In to cleanout the tiny house stove. I am getting a good volume of wood in, but it is of poor quality. Aspen has one of the lowest BTU ratings of any firewood, and this is deadfall and dead standing, which is even worse. Against that, this is a free resource and cleaning out the bush prepares it for useful development and reduces fire risk.
Right now it is a game of inches. We need to get far enough ahead on firewood to allow me to spend time insulating and improving the buildings. That will in turn reduce the demand for firewood. Although there is a lot of satisfaction in building up everything from scratch on our own, I won’t mind too much if the next winter is a tad more comfortable.
Blogs I Follow
- Save Green Going Green
- Kenn Orphan
- Homestead Dad
- Two Ravens Garden and Permaculture Site
- Marcela: Unfiltered
- Evolution of a Homestead
- The Slowvelder
- Union Homestead
- Our Old Island Home
- Rural Dreams
- Commune of Three
- The World I Want
- Emily's Homestead
- When Did This Become a Farm?