Category Archives: winter
Sometimes I hate the fact that I don’t wake up about an hour before dawn, when all the animals are doing interesting things. I woke up yesterday morning and went to the spring for water, when I saw an unusual set of very clear prints in the snow. All the local carnivores (except the bears) [...]
The day started sunny and cold and bright, good woodcutting weather, and I ended up bringing in something like nine bags of wood today. This is a good day’s work. I split some black cherry, which is so beautiful that I often feel a little bad about burning it. It supposedly takes the knife and [...]
34 degrees inside the cabin when I got up this morning. Don’t know how cold it was outside because it was colder than the thermometer’s range – it just said “LO”. Somewhere below zero. I had to defrost a block of mozzarella yesterday just to eat it – despite keeping it indoors. I thought about [...]
After writing about winter closing in, the weather made a sharp turn, became warm, melted all the snow, and late-fall conditions have resumed. This is a very pleasant time, especially with the hunters mostly gone: the views are excellent, the ground is highly visible, and it is cold enough to make hard manual labor (for [...]
For the past week it has been consistently cold and wintry here in the cabin. There is snow on the ground, and I have to walk in from the road; my dirt driveway is now closed off. Snowshoes are not required yet, but snow that has fallen is starting to pile up. I spend some [...]
A few nights ago, I dropped a log into the wood stove from the top, and it split in half the iron grill which separates the wood compartment from the ash compartment. I suppose it should be welded together, or replaced, but doing so means taking the entire stove apart, including the flue, and then [...]
We’re supposed to have snow tonight. Probably nothing like the 16″ we got on October 28th three years ago, but we’ll see.