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State of the woodshed report

Partly filled woodshed
Pile of firewoodLast year at this time, we'd run out of wood.  I was too ashamed to admit to the blogosphere that we'd gone back to electric heat in January (albeit setting the thermostat around 50), which is too bad because that means I don't know exactly when we ran out of wood in 2010 or even whether we bought one truckload of wood or two.  So I thought I'd post a state of the woodshed report so that we'll be able to compare next year --- hopefully we'll have tightened our house up more and maybe have used even less wood!

Ice in the drivewayThe photos at the top of the page show how much wood we've got left in the shed --- I figure it's perhaps a quarter to a third of the first truckload.  The princess has clearly served us well, cutting back our wood use considerably despite much colder than average conditions through most of December and January.  Meanwhile, our second truckload is still waiting at the parking area to be ferried in now that this iceberg has mostly thawed out of the driveway, making it passable by golf cart again.  (Well, mostly passable --- I managed to get her stuck twice yesterday, but Mark popped her free.)  It's a good feeling to know that even if February is a doozy, we'll be warm.

Our homemade chicken waterer gives you peace of mind in the chicken coop.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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