Saturday, July 23, 2016
Wood, Summer Heat, and Hope
I had to pay to have this tree dropped. I looked at it for weeks and could not come up with a process that didn't involve having the roof repaired after the tree fell. It had tilted more over the past year and waiting until the next hurricane would have given me the same outcome. I made a deal with a tree service to put it on the ground and leave it for me.
Today I started the process of clearing the small limbs and cutting the larger pieces into stove fodder. It was 85 when I started, closer to 95 when the sun got up overhead. I drank a lot of water, took my time, and didn't pretend I was going to get it all done. When the truck was full I retreated to the shade. There's at least two more truckloads in that picture.
Cutting wood for the winter is an act of hope. You work now in expectation that you will be here to appreciate it when winter comes.