Summer has faded into Fall, one of my favorite seasons! Our family loves bonfires, pumpkins and apple cider. Lots of changes over the past month including the beautiful display of color on trees in the Ozarks and a morning fire going in the woodstove. With the dramatic change from the scorching heat of Summer comes the hustle of prepping for winter.
In the Ozarks this is also black walnut season. The boys worked picking up black walnuts for some friends. These friends have about five black walnut trees in their yard! The Mister drove them to a small town that shells, weighs and pays you per pound for the walnuts. The boys are excited to have their own money. They must have learned the value of a dollar while picking up those walnuts because whenever they want something they still ask us! Check out the two Businessmen on payday.
The “Farmer’s Almanac” says we’re in for a teeth chattering winter. Smokey, our Austrailian Shepherd, has already put on a thick coat. I’ve also seen a few of those wooly caterpillars which, according to Old Timers, is a sign of a bad cold winter. With that said, Shaun has located more wood we can cut and haul. Firewood is a lot of work, but it’s also a heap cheaper than heating with gas. Last Winter was expensive to stay warm, costing us almost $900, so it’s off to work we go.
Shaun is on the move building a coop for the chickens. Spring thru Fall they are in chicken tractors but Winter requires something with walls to break the wind. To save time and money he is combining two old chicken tractors, transforming them into the ultimate chicken mansion, NOT really, but it is a cool design. The wood floor slats are about an inch apart with nesting buckets on one end. The other end is the roost hang-out area.
We had plans to build a woodshed but then a light bulb clicked on! Instead, we will store firewood in the feed room of the barn…Perfect!
As I leave I want to share with you a great verse: Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven.” (HCSB)
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