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Blog entry by frank posted 02-27-2007 02:49 PM 920 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Live Free Or Die

....well here’s the down and fit, best by far only to print, good news, that i’ve read this morning….the wood is all up to curing and since the weathers changing for the warmer and more day hours of sunlight, i know that it will not be long till the smell of spring is here to stay and that means ‘white water’....white water canoeing on rivers of icey melts of snow, even as these are soon to be shedding their winter glacier melts, as these say; “welcome and come ride on me….”

Went down yesterday morning and my wife had left a note on the table about getting information on where to buy some kayaks and this does indeed make my heart glad, since when she’s thinking of the water running, I know spring is on the way. White water, kayaks, canoes and rivers running wild and free, maple sap and birch sap flowing free just as my heart runs for wild and free….maybe this is why I love New Hampshire so much, our state motto is: “LIVE FREE OR DIE” and to my way of thinking that sums up who I am and where I live.

I guess that I should also insert here that along with her thinking of kayak and canoe trips there is also the thoughts of spring planting in our gardens of veggies and flower. The other day she asked if I wanted to go with her to get some seeds as we start our seeds inside the house and then transfer the seedlings outside. We grow all our vegtables for the coming year, plus strawberries, raspberrires and blueberries along with assorted others here and there. When my wife’s finger starts to itching for the dirt, then I know spring is on the way. NOW THAT IS SOME MORE GOOD NEWS!!!

Well while moving some furniture around in one of our guest rooms Sunday, in order to take some pictures of my newest addition for ‘wood art’, I came across an old friend laying on the floor. And since one can never be to sure about who’s doing the watching, I’ll let you decide what you think and has this one got you within eyesight of bite-size?

This one has now become a rug in the bedroom and we get all types of comments from folks who are staying over….however, it has always struck me as funny when folks say that they don’t know if they can sleep in this room, what with a bear watching them. I usually reply with how that I’ve never known him to bite anyone yet….yet….yet….but then you never know! And to all those sleeping over, pleasant dreams.

And this one has also long ago solved a riddle for me that many others have wondered about, “if a tree falls in the woods and you are not there to hear it fall, will anyone know that a kindly soul has fallen…..and the answer is yes; as any bear can ‘bear witness of’ this fact, while also knowing that not all that slumbers is sleeping.

And then just to put this picture in focus as in keeping with the spirit of wood, you will notice that my friend is splayed across an old wooden chest.

Well I’m outta here in a jimmy-jump-jack-flash as I’m going to look at an old kitchen wood-burning cook-stove. This one will be a good addition to our kitchen for cooking and heat, yes those old timers knew how to solve two equations at the same time by expessing their way of making heat and cooking all the same. Plus this one also gives me an excuse to go barn slumming and rooting around, works for me and is much more healthy then going to Walls-of-Mart’s place.

Having fun this morning and every-one of you have a very good day//night!!!

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 02-27-2007 05:16 PM

now I’ve heard of groundhogs predicting the coming of spring but I’ve never been sure of their accuracy. It sounds like you are a much more valid system—the Mrs.

I envy your search for a cookstove. We had one and I used it for years, baking all our bread in it. It was wonderful!! When we moved the last time we stored the stove in my parents’ barn (because the new house didn’t have a chimney ready to serve the stove). When my dad died and my mom sold the farm I forgot about the stove and, alas, the new owners of the farm inherited it by default. It was about a year later when I remembered. My heart is still saddened by the loss.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 02-28-2007 02:40 AM

Hi Debbie;
—-yes, cookstoves are nice and even lend themselves to good story telling….

However there is the other side of a cookstove story and what I hear is more, more and more wood to cut and split. The ‘belly of the beast’ of these can sure burn some wood so it’s out in the woods I will go to haul some more wood.

Ha! You really have to love this life and it is very healthy which makes one very wise….rich, well all ‘just is’....


-- --frank, NH,

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#3 posted 02-28-2007 03:27 AM

Now, Frank you know that you’ll have some scraps that will need burning, too. Oh, Spring, another season full of projects and lists of things to do that seem endless. I can’t wait.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 02-28-2007 05:20 AM

How great that you grow all your vegetables. My grandparents have done that for as long as I can remember. (though perhaps no all, but quite a variety). I look forward to tomatoes, (sometime a bagful, and sometimes several plants they’ve started) and squash. I have fond summer memories of their corn on the cob, peas (freshly shelled that afternoon) and blueberries. They kept the asparagus to themselves! I’ve made a few attempts at growing some of our own, and will in another season or two, something I really would like to do with our little one. Some serious landscaping has been frozen mid-project and holding things up in the meantime.

Have a great time lookiing for that stove – any excuse to avoid W.M. is a good one in my book.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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