Wow what a long time it has been, we have talked over and over about letting the blog die. We love it! We love going through our old stories. We love writing them, But we find our time tied up other places and we never seem to get around to it. Yet every-time we discuss not renewing we talk ourselves out of it. So here I am today with a mile high to-do list feeling like I have to write this blog, maybe someone needs it, maybe it’s just for me either way I feel compelled to throw the days productivity to the wind and write.
It’s May 1st 2023, it has been raining for 3 days, the forecast calls for 3 more….it’s spring that’s not out of character and actually I am enjoying the last few days of curling up by the fire, reading, resting, getting ready for the busy season of planting….that never seems to stop until the fall harvest is over and the beds are tucked in for another winter.
Wait, fire? what?
Yup, of all the many blessings I have to be thankful for today the woodstove tops my list.
First, it’s May 1st and we are still running it ( historically unheard of for us)
Second, we can still run it which means my not only handsome but also handy husband provided for me the resources I needed to keep it going.
Third, we used those resources wisely, wisely enough that our woodlot has many many many more years of wood to provide. Wisely enough that the wood allotted for this year has lasted from Oct 1st ( the official Splitrock day to light the woodstove), right through today May 1st and I don’t even feel bad it’s going, yet there is still more wood I could burn.
Mostly though it’s the thought of the use of resources that I am thankful for and that have me writing today.
Homesteading has this way, self- sufficiency has this way, both for the people in it and the people out of it. Both groups can get rubbed the wrong way by certain claims the other makes. Sometimes it’s romanticized very unrealistically, sometimes it’s all about prepping and government take overs, end times, climate change, who is and isn’t doing what for the better good of the environment, society, animals, the poor I could go on and on and start the next war.
Then also there is who is doing it how, the wrong way, the right way, the financial inputs available to who. Even within the homesteading community there is lots of judgements and expectation and social media is so so good at buttering it all up in weedless gardens or poop free pastures ( neither of which we own if you were wondering).
But, all that said…. it is a different way of life. For me it brings more pleasure, also more work.
Regardless of how they label themselves homesteading brings more awareness to resources and their uses.
Regardless of why people are driven to homestead be it, self- sufficiency, finances, climate change, bad governments, call to stewardship they all in their why and their niches seem to have an agreement on good use of some types of resources.
Today I got smacked in the face with how thankful I am of my woodstove the resources it supplies and all the gifts that flow through it and from it.
Let me break it down and hopefully when you place your eyes on your homestead or your local neighborhood homesteaders you can view them in a light of well used resources, wrapped in their survival, thankful for them and all they provide.
It’s a source of energy my woodstove, 1 that for several reasons can be “bad” for the environment and the air quality depending on who you ask. It also is one unlike it’s electric, oil and gas powered counterparts whose energy I can use for several tasks easily and without much skill.
I am thankful for it’s heat, although today isn’t overly cold it is damp and I am thankful for the dry comfy cozy atmosphere for my family.
I am thankful I can use that residual heat energy to cook my supper, without activating another energy source nor without more energy output from myself ( after the generally prep work is done it just sits there and simmers away)
I am thankful the warm dry air it puts off can dry my clothes in a family of 6 still living at home and our solar panels not enough to run a dryer, I rely on dry woodstove heat or dry days on the line for unending laundry tasks.
In the big picture , there are a ton of other things to be thankful for:
The woodlot that supplies the energy source
The skills of my husband and his many years cutting in the bush that keeps our forest sustainable for many many years to come.
The ” free work out” wood splitting and stacking and restacking inside provides.
The family time, because lets face it….everyone has to pitch in, to gather, split, stack.
The skills my children learn, how to start a fire, (and there is a difference between a fire for warmth and one that has flame), how to keep it going, and how it works, drafts ect…
There is more, so much more….. but my writing time needs to end. Feel free to add the resources your thankful for, or others you would add to my list in the comments.