Lucky us! We've had a weekend of near 40-degree temperatures, with melting snow and ice and drippy roof galore. It's glorious! I'm feeling particularly blessed as I officially burned the woodpile this past week, and stacking wood in terrifically cold temperatures is no fun at all.
Just look at all that glorious firewood, stacked wearing a sweater. A whole cord of luxurious warmth, plenty to last me through the end of this mild winter we are enjoying. One of the nice things is that I get all sorts of bits and snivels to use as kindling, which saves me one task of chopping it up for a little while.
I have to admit, though, that I do really like chopping up kindling. I really don't mind it at all anymore, since a wonderful friend gifted me a Kindling Cracker for the holidays. I don't have to worry about losing a finger anymore, because instead of my kind of rusty hatchet whizzing down toward my fingers, I get to bang the wood with a hammer onto a blade--no where near my essential digits, and it breaks up a log in no time. It is such an ingenious device! I wish there was a larger size, for splitting big chunks of wood...now that would be super cool to find.
There's rumors of snow in the forecast mid-week, and then it's going to be cold again, but gosh, this warm weekend has been so nice!