Fire Wood

Another storm moved through this week dropping about nine inches of wet, heavy snow.  In the wee hours of the morning, our 100 year old maple tree gave way under the weight, crashing to the ground.  Most of the tree landed in the neighbors back yard and fortunately, the only damage done was to our chain link fence and clothes line.

It seemed like a good excuse to purchase a chain saw and cross another tool off our homesteading wish list.  We were able to clear out the neighbors yard and we'll work at cutting everything up over the next week.  It makes me just sick to see the tree in such bad shape.  Several more branches are visibly cracked and are sure to break if we get any kind of wind, so I we're going to have take the entire tree removed.  On a positive note, we will be able to accomplish another homesteading goal of having a year's worth of firewood chopped and dry before we make the move north next spring.


  1. We lost a maple tree a few weeks ago in an ice storm, broke my heart.

    My little man had a wonderful perspective though, he said "it gave us sap and now it gives us wood"...melted my heart.

    Happy weekend.

  2. Aww, how sweet. That is a wonderful perspective, thank you for sharing.

  3. Oh how sad, but way to see the bright side. A warm woodstove will keep a tiny house toasty warm :)