I was reading Little Blog in the Big Woods (look under Environmental Links) the other day when he reminded himself that, regardless of the pain in his back, he still had to get firewood cut and stacked for use. Well, I have used the hot summer, intermingled with my chronic back condition, as an excuse not to cut the last large pieces – 8′ long and thicker than the 24″ chainsaw I use, and another 4′ long and not quite as thick – that has laid on my patio since last spring. I have more of this tree (another large branch) to still cut that will give me more “convenient” sizes of wood – both for cutting and carrying into the house, but this large piece has to be dealt with before I drop the next piece – or I’ll never deal with it.
Anyway, the weather has finally turned a little chilly, which means winter can’t be too far away.
I must admit I love using the chainsaw! It makes me feel very woodsy (is that a word?). But, part of me is a little concerned with using this 24″ chainsaw when there is no one around to hear my screams if the worst should happen.
Anyway, I bit the bullet this morning and went out and cut up the smaller of the pieces and stacked it for firewood, then cut one slice off of the large piece until it began to rain. I need to figure out how to tighten the chain before it jumps off the bar and offers me yet another excuse not to finish this large project. Gee… a 36″ chainsaw would come in mighty handy right about now 🙂