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Friday, December 7, 2012

More Firewood, More Screenings...

35 degrees - 5:00 pm - windy and raining with snow mixed in...

This past week and a half has been all about firewood and screenings.  During the day, Tony’s dad has been bringing up load after load of screenings (a type of fine round gravel), which Tony has been spreading out getting the main floor of the house prepped for our concrete radiant floor.  This will be the gravel base, then we’ll put in a vapor barrier, lay all the rebar and heating pipes...then we will finally get to poor the concrete floor!  I cannot wait until we are done with this screening phase; those little rocks get stuck on all the shoes and track everywhere!

Two dump trailer loads of screenings, just
waiting to be spread out.

When the guys aren’t dumping and spreading screenings around, they’re up cutting, hauling and splitting firewood.  We’re running quite behind this year on our firewood supply for winter, so Tony has been trying to make up for lost time.  We’ve been trying to get all this done before the snow comes...which is in the forecast for tonight and the rest of this week.
Patches likes to keep an eye on all the activity going on
from her safe perch on top of the wood pile...

...that as you can see is still yet to be stacked. 
I told you we were behind this year. 

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