I really enjoy fall weather, just not in July. The last few nights have been beautiful, though cold. I really struggled on Wednesday on whether or not I would get a fire going in the stove. I decided not to, based solely on principle. I will not be using my woodstove in July. I just won’t do it.
But it has made the evenings pleasant. The water is warm when we go swimming, and the heat isn’t as oppressive as last week. On top of the coolness of the nights, they have also been really clear. With a big moon in the sky and the stars shining, it’s been great. As the moon moves to one side of the sky, the stars come out on the other, making a whole-sky panorama with the Milky Way visible on one end, and nothing but the slate gray sky around the moon on the other.
Now that the wood shed is done and partially stocked, I’ve been able to relax a little bit after work. Ed and Herbie get to go outside for a while and the chickens have been enjoying eating bugs and grass in their run.
I was sitting on the boulder that serves as my front step the other evening, letting the day’s accumulated warmth keep me comfortable. Pico and Herbie were lying in the dirt by the car, but Ed was not immediately in sight. I then noticed something moving off to my left in the taller grass. A lifetime of toys and free food have left Ed lacking in the hunting skills department, but he still gives it a good effort.
I watched as he not-so-subtly snuck down through the grass and toward the chicken run. It took him a while to get up the nerve, but he finally launched an attack and ran smack into the fencing. He seemed to have taken the girls by surprise, but they were safe the whole time. They squawked and ran around a bit, but settled back into the rhythm of being chickens. Ed settled in at the end of the run and hung out for a while to watch them, no doubt dreaming of hunting glory. Soon, they’ll be bigger than he is, and I’m not sure how Ed will handle that, psychologically.
After watching Ed for a few minutes, I glanced over at the new shed. I have a full cord of wood in there, and will need probably another two full cords to get through the winter. I like the way the shed turned out, and with a grand total cost of about fifteen bucks, I think it was a good project to get done.
My dad had come up to help me build it, and along with my friend, we built the whole thing in about four hours. I used a bunch of old lumber from underneath Upper Camp and only had to buy a box of wood screws. The old metal roofing has holes in it, but they’re small and it will keep the vast majority of rain and snow off my wood. It’s comforting to have it built, though now I really feel the pressure to get it filled. Unfortunately, I’ll have to buy some fire wood this winter, but it won’t be as much as last year.
When my neighbor came up to brush hog the lower field, he noticed the new shed. He said that he’s built a few sheds, and the biggest problem is that when you build a new shed, you fill it up, leaving you no choice but to build another shed at some point. I like building things, so this wouldn’t be so bad, but luckily this new shed will be filled and emptied by the time next summer roles around.
Now I just need to figure out what else can go into a shed, so I can build another one.