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Sunday, December 12, 2010

We Guesstimated Wrong…

48 degrees outside - 4:12 pm - overcast and pouring down rain...

The past several days it has been raining constantly.  We now only have small patches of snow here and there.  Even though it has warmed up a bit and the majority of the snow is gone, the torrential downpour still makes it miserable to work outside. 

We had quesstimated that we would need about 5 cords of firewood to get us through the winter.  We quesstimated wrong.  Over half of our firewood is already gone and we aren’t even through December yet.  Instead of working on other outside home projects we are trying to hurry up and restock our firewood supply.  Looking at the weather forecast for this coming week it looks like we are in for more snow starting the day after tomorrow. 
Tony spent the morning cutting rounds of Cherry that he hauled back to the house and is now splitting into firewood.  We have been using Alder, Cherry and Fir, but have found that Cherry is the best all around firewood.

Live and learn.  At least we will know better for next winter.

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