It's cold and snowy in Maryland and I am blessed to be able to work from home today in front of my cozy fireplace.
As I was getting the fire started this morning, I realized that I have been taking for granted the fact that my dear husband has worked long and hard over the course of the last year to see to it that when winter hit we would be prepared to use our fireplace as a supplemental heating source if need or wanted.
I always know that when I step out to grab logs from the wood rack they will be there just waiting for me. But, I forget about all of the hard work that my husband put into making sure we would be prepared for whatever old man winter sent our way.
Every spring my husband begins walking through our woods to identify fallen trees that he needs to move from where they have fallen to a spot he has cleared for the purpose of chopping and splitting the wood. He then needs to take the tractor into the woods, attach the fallen tree to the tractor and drag it to the clearing. After getting it moved, chopped and split, the split wood needs to be loaded into the truck to be stacked so that it can start to "season" or "dry". This process continues into the summer with the hope that by early fall we will have at least 2-3 cords of wood ready to use.
As fall winds down and winter approaches, the wood rack gets placed outside in a convenient spot just outside the door and gets its initial fill of split and seasoned wood. As the season moves on, my dear husband comes home from work every night and refills, as needed, the wood rack.
When my dear husband arrives home tonight I will make sure to thank him for his efforts and for the love he put into every single log to insure that his family would be embraced in warmth all winter long.