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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Rest, Re-use, Warmth

(Click the photos to enlarge your view.)

Hey, sleeping bear,
Wake up and go to bed!
Surely you know it's time to rest your weary head.
It's time,
Time to crawl in your den,
Slow your breathing and
hibernate for the winter.

The weather has cooled,
The wind's icy cold,
The snows are coming today
To blanket your winter home.

I found for you, the perfect place
To slowly decelerate your pace,
Rest, Sleep, We will see you again
We will see you in the spring.
OK, I know, that was rather corny but oh well~~~

Bill has been at it again.
This time he built a time-saving, back-saving bunk.
A bunk for stick firewood for the cabin.
It works great. We fill it with a trailer load of hardwood tops,
cut them a foot long for the pot-bellied stove,
Zip, Zip, Pile, Pile, and we are done.
Of all the things my dear has come up with,
This one is a keeper.
Whatever works.
Whatever saves our aging backs and bones.
We will keep this one and build another when this one falls by the wayside, tired as we.
I know, we have been making firewood all year.
It's what we do to stay warm and we have even sold a cord or few.

We are under a wet snowstorm warning for today so we are grateful to have wood for the fire. We couldn't afford to fill the fuel tank this year so at least we have what God gave us to keep the fires burning.

I just realized that I do not need another sweater or a new pair of jeans.
I know how to sew, patch and mend, I know how to knit and crochet. I have plenty of fabric and yarns. I will re-use, re-purpose.

All I need for the winter, is to burn what's freely lying on our forest floor for warmth,
Eat what has filled our freezer and pantry shelves from harvesting our own gardens. We have been blessed with venison, partridge, fish, chicken and pork to nourish our bodies. We will share with our family.

We have our Bible to fill our lost souls with His word, and
Hugs. Hugs from our loved ones fulfill all, whether in person or from afar. We feel the warm embrace.
Find your hug.
Find your warmth.
Stay safe.

God Bless You All


Jill said...

This is so beautiful! The bear is so sweet. Bill's handiwork is amazing.

It's so good to know you're needs have been met by your own hard work. *HUGS*

Clint said...

I would like to try being a bear and nestle in for a good 5 month nap. Sounds delicious, doesn't it?

Paula said...

Wonderful entry!

imac said...

Love the words - love the photo -
What a fantastic post my friend.

Suz said...

ah...the Bible....you will want for nothing
love the bear...although I would be afraid of him..but loving seeing him...glad they are still roaming free...not much will be left of the animal kingdom..I fear

TexWisGirl said...

ready for your winter! :)

Darla said...

Wonderful post Dar!

Cher' Shots said...

Okay, being Bill's sis-in-law I must say ~ smart move!
BUILD A RACK & SAVE YOUR BACK! Great pics as usual. Snowing all morning here!
'love & hugs from afar Sis'

madcobug said...

Very good entry. Helen

jack69 said...

What a sweet entry. I do love the stick wood jig for cutting. And I agree any physical saving device is good stuff.
Loved the poem, amazing that. Bears are neat ('cept when they are mesing with y/all's bird feeders. LOL

Very good read thanks. Love to Bill.
From down here where it is 76,
Sherry & Jack

Chatty Crone said...

Great Story Helen. sandie

Fred Alton said...

Dar, you and your whole family are so multi-talented. Your poem sounded great and tugged at my heartstrings. VERY good. And what about your Bill creating that device for zip zipping through a pile of limbs to keep the fires burning this winter.

Do you have any idea how often your blog has cheered me on? I tought not. I love reading your stories and hearing about your lives. Your positive attitude and love for God and His creation (including people) just warms my heart. God Bless you all.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Dar, You and your hubby are so multi-talented and you make the most of everything you have. Many of us could learn from you...

Great set of pictures. Hope the bear makes it to his den for the winter...

We won't get snow here but our temps are supposed to go down into the 20's tomorrow night..

Birds, Bees, Berries, and Blooms said...

That firewood cutter idea is slick! I'm very impressed. You should patient it and sell the idea to plow and hearth. Good luck.

Rebecca said...

You have all the fun! Love the sleeping bear.

Sunny said...

Love the fire-wood-cutting idea. Keeping warm is what its all about, and I don't know how to do that without a wood-burning stove! Beautiful post, Dar.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

A bear! What a thing to see!
Our neighbor's firewood pile looks a bit like yours. So busy getting ready for the cold, too.

Shug said...

Ooooo a wonderful post...You are so right...we don't have to have all those fancy things...God has provided, we just to use it...Blessings.

www.FarmLifeLessons.blogspot.com said...

I sure do love your approach and your attitude! It seems society is so busy thinking about the next "thing" they need instead of tihnking about how to make the current thing last longer.