Hey guys, happy Halloween! The weekend before this last one Joe tackled the brilliant idea that my aunt had and hauled three truck loads of split and ready to burn wood to our deck. I then stacked it not even a foot from our deck door that leads directly into the back of our kitchen. We covered it with a tarp and viola! We have enough wood right there to last us over half the winter and it’s not even ten steps from our wood stove and our wood “shed” (closet under the staircase). This also freed up our real wood shed (actually my grandpa’s old machine shed) for more wood and space for splitting the wood that is already stacked and drying in there. I don’t think I enjoy the entire “wood” process as much as Joe does… Probably because I’m not the one running the chain saw, those things are quite fun! But, still, there is real joy in the labor of it all, in moving it, burning it and storing it. It feels nurturing and real in comparison to turning up a thermostat – not to mention, free besides our time! (And that really is something, when the winters are this bad this far north the cost of heating can be absolutely outrageous.) However, the dust/dirt from the moving around of wood and now, constancy, burning it in our kitchen is something I do not quite think I will ever get used to. The filth is amazing, its annoying and its constant.
Joe and I also went (before all the wood hauling) to a local farm who has a “pumpkin festival” every year that includes a wagon ride, an absolutely incredible corn maze, a magic show and all sorts of random silly fun. We took his son with us and enjoyed several hours being outside and not doing physical labor… which is quite odd for us. Its been quite a while since Joe and I took some time to just have fun and be together and I told him so in a far less calm or mature tone of voice. In fact, the last time Joe and I just relaxed and had fun was our wedding day, since then between him being out deer hunting, my working on the house and our day jobs… I needed some adult fun RIGHT NOW! So, his solution was to get us a hotel room in a little town not far from here for Halloween night. We dressed as Sally and Jack the pumpkin king from one of our very favorite movies: The Nightmare Before Christmas! I can’t tell you how neat it was to work on our costumes instead of the house after work! Boy, did I need a change of pace and boy, did my man come through for me 🙂
The few days off while I worked on our costumes was a truly welcome reprieve and I’m feeling far more rested, no more frustrated and ready to get back to working on the house. The two interior doors I painted over a month ago (ugh, yes, it’s really been that long ago) are still sitting in our entry way, by our dining room table, waiting to be hung. Can you say procrastination? Oh yeah, big time. However, I did get some things done that I’ve been posting about here, the little shelf by the microwave, the window I turned into a picture frame for all of our wedding photos, its been really fun. Time to get my hands dirty again! We have the last gabled end of our garage to cover with siding and that, my friends, after two years, will be the last of the siding we have to put up on either the house or the garage! Woopee!!! Yup, can you say procrastination again? For sure. Poor Joe got so sick of putting up siding and I just can’t blame him. We plan on finishing it on Saturday and then Sunday I have a few projects I’m looking forward to tackling that I can’t wait to finish and show you!
In the meantime, here is my very favorite chair in my very favorite little corner of the house. It is, without a doubt, my procrastination chair, it calls to me when I get home from work when its almost dark out already and the has a biting chill to it. It says, “Put some extra wood on the fire, grab a blanket and a cup of hot cider, let’s relax!”