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Blog entry by frank posted 12-08-2006 02:49 PM 904 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Elysian Wood Nuts

Well as I am sitting here writing this, I am looking outside to our first snowfall of the season and although this one doesn’t amount to much and will soon be gone, I am giving thanks.

Thanks that all my elysian wood nuts’ are in and stored up for our three wood stoves. We have a wood stove in the kitchen, sunroom/sitting room and then in our living room there is the one I call, ‘the beast’, who sits only to consume food in his belly. For all his eating, ‘the beast’ does his job very well and gives us plenty of heat in those long days and nights ahead of a New England winter.

Having just recently gotten all the wood under cover and some wood lots cleaned up, I am now thinking ahead to next winter and so will in the coming months start ‘the process’ all over again as I go in search of more ‘wood nuts’. Just as the squirrel who hoardes his nuts for winter, so am I, and it is with great joy and rejoicing when I can finally say, “that no matter what old man winter blows my way, all my ‘wood nuts’ are in”.

Took this picture about two weeks ago and I guess I won’t be seeing the ground in this view, much longer, as now I prepare plow truck and snow blower to start pushing snow. The last time I looked, both snow blower and plow truck were ‘chomping at the bit’ you might say and ready hit the white stuff with all eagerness of having a foray. My snow blower is newer, while the plow truck has been at this for some time, so the youngster is always ready to go, while the older and wiser one—-my truck is often heard as saying,”listen, we are going to be at this all day so just hold steady, work together and we’ll get this job done”.

Every one have a very good day!!! GODSPEED, Frank

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 12-08-2006 05:53 PM

Frank: I am amazed each time I read your words. You are quite a philosopher, and I enjoy thinking through the issues that you bring to the lumberjocks while I am working in the shop. Thanks for taking the time to add your projects, and also your words of wisdom, introspection, and spirit.

I’m glad I don’t have your snow worries. Just lots of cold and wind here, with the occassional dusting of snow, a bad ice storm every few years, and a couple of times a decade a real snow dropper. But, just when I don’t prepare for it, the bad storm hits, so I prepare firewood for each year with some concern for what we will see through the months huddled close until April…..then we start tornado season, the hot heat of July and August, then the wonderful Fall, and back again.

a fan in Kansas,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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