I usually talk about the fun parts of living in the country—the garden, the birds, the peace and quiet. This past week I've been doing one of those unglamorous jobs that needs to be done before winter sets in—splitting wood. We bought a gas-powered wood splitter last year so splitting mostly involves hauling pieces of wood around and guiding them through the machine. Not especially dangerous (unless you drop a log on your foot) but kind of back-breaking. And the pieces get stacked afterwards. I've been putting in an hour or so each day and I'm starting to make a dent in the pile.
You might wonder why my husband isn't doing this, but he's cutting up the whole logs we had delivered last spring into rounds. And they'll sit for a year and be split next fall. Even though splitting is hard work it's something I'm physically able to do—I can't manage those larger sections. The chain saw makes me really nervous, too :)
Since I'm usually exhausted by the late afternoons, I spend an hour or so resting my back and working on the embroidered quilt blocks. The light is really beautiful and perfect for embroidery at this time of day, too. I'm making good progress and the possum and bear are just about done.
Everything but the eyes and word.
Just hanging around.
I had an email from Jenny this afternoon—she saw the original blog post and loves the quilt so far!