Warmth Waiting to Happen—-Wednesday, December 5, 2018

We got the call from the rancher the cows would come in today.  Off Terry and I went to check all the fences one last time, check the fence around the other house, and the electric fence at the horse corral.  After a wind sometimes big weeds get into the electric fences and cause them to short out.

It’s been a spell ( a whole year) since these cows have been here; they will be wound up and very excited searching out their new pastures…

Having the cows run through a non-working electric fence would NOT be a good thing.

After lunch, we warmed ourselves up

Splitting some firewood for the house…warmth in splitting the wood; warmth in the fireplace.

Then, as the long dark shadows started showing in the sky we headed in…satisfied everything was good to go for the house, the cows, and the farm.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

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17 thoughts on “Warmth Waiting to Happen—-Wednesday, December 5, 2018

  1. i don’t exactly know WHY, but Betty gets a craving (4 lackuvva beddurwerd) to go rent a log-splitter. could be she’s the one doing the actual splitting, whereas i’m the slave/servant/peasant helper — ‘feeding’ her the big pieces, removing the accumulation, etc. she’d be jealous! (what is that big pole by the splitter?)

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  2. There does not seem to be much firewood there. I know that quite a bit can come from what appears to be small trees. When I was a kid, firewood could be picked up for free on the edges of abandoned orchards. Those getting rid of the trees cut it up and everything, just so the neighbors would take it away. The remaining debris just got piled and burned. The orchards are all gone. There are more than a million people in the neighborhood now, but very few use fireplaces anymore. New fireplaces are illegal. Most of the old fireplaces were ruined in 1989 by the Loma Prieta Earthquake. Those that can still be used, can only be used on certain days, when weather conditions are just so. My neighbors in the Santa Cruz Mountains sell firewood from here, but there is not much market for it. There are more than a million people in the Santa Clara Valley now, and almost none of them know what firewood is for. Environmentalists want to outlaw fireplaces here too, even for homes that have no other source of warmth. They want the forest to be as combustible as possible.

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