Am surprised that none of the “prepper” forums or magazines talk much about this. Maybe they’re all young folks. I’m not so much anymore and this morning just had a quick wake up on how quickly it all goes to hell!
Last year’s mild winter meant we didn’t need to get in any more wood, but the three or fire fires we had going used up our stock of small stuff. There is always more to do than there is time and energy, so with the first winter storm coming in and possibly our first killing frost, it really really needed to be done. So last night and this morning ran out to pick up some small branches that had been cut off the trees we harvested a couple of years ago. All of 100 yards, uneven ground. 2″ +/- in diameter, 6-8 feet long. This morning picked up two loads of branches, maybe 5 at a time, and one of small kindling pieces. And I was exhausted. my muscles in both arms and legs and were shaking!
With the dog gone, no more long walks and hikes, and how quickly we get out of shape once we’re over 60! We’ve got enough wood to get through this storm, and maybe the next, but harvesting some logs is coming soon, and I’ve got to be ready to cope!