Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What happens when you don't take vacations from your vacations

Every year I do a bit of titrivating to the garden, much the way I used to rearrange furniture in different rooms;  next year, I say, I want peonies over there and maybe a bit of poppy for color...

and next year thats what I do.  This year however we have raised the bar a bit, and instead of replanting peonies and scaring the daylights out of unsuspecting jonquils when the new neighbors move in next door,  we have decided that stove A (parlor stove) really needs to  be in the dining room and stove B (log burner) really needs to be in the parlor.

From there it's like a rock dropped in a still pond.

In order to make this work properly, we have to change the kind and amounts of wood we will be using, and make a space for the new shorter stuff so that its easily accessible and more plentiful.  Before this, we  just culled out short bits and stored them on the attic stairs.  This year we are actually buying quantities, and it needs to be separate, and will be living on the porch. and arent you all fascinated by this. It will also be dumped on my lovely lawn.  sob.

We got more long wood last year than we could use, so we have to explain to the wood guy in short words and with a lot of arm waving and pointing, that no no we need short chunks and then 16-18" stuff.  12 cords total.  Then he tells me how much that will be and I go in the house and have a nervous breakdown.

And of course due to global warming last winter was, by some accounts, one of the mildest on record (whose record, and which southern tropical island did they take the readings from)--it was so mild  that Florida had snow and Louisiana got to practice driving sidways in snow with one foot on the brake and one on the gas...and we had such a mild winter that we actually burnt 13 cords of wood.  three years ago we were averaging  8 to 9.


  1. Dammit, JT, it's the friggin 1st of July & approaching a muggy 90 degrees. Lay off the Woodstove Blues for another month anyway, willya?

    You White Mountain Yankees really crack me up.

  2. sorry mr. L. I'll try to do better.

  3. how much is a cord of wood there? It is 70 to 80 here. Probably a little cheaper this time of year.

  4. last year it was $200 a cord green, this year we have a new wood guy and hes charging 195 a cord. delivery is the major expense, since gas is(for us in New England) so high right now. Dry seasoned wood ive seen as high as 295 a cord.
    Thats a full cord, not a face cord, btw

  5. hope the hurrykane is missing you. news said this morning it had been down graded to a t.s. whoopee, the wind is still 70 mph. bet you are gettin lots of rain.

  6. everything here is sold in ricks. 3 ricks of 16 inch wood is cord, 2 ricks of 24 inch wood is a cord. a single rick is is 4 feet high and 8 feet long. probably the same as a face cord.

  7. That means a facecord, 16", is 240$ a full cord (or three ricks. ouch. =)

    The storm missed us, except for some heavy rain, which we really needed; we've not had a lot of serious rain this spring, or even in June and the plants were starting to show it.