Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Happy Thanksgiving folks. I hope it develops to be a pleasant one.

Posted Thursday, November 28, 2013, at 3:17 PM
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  • The gardening is extremely limited now. Just the garlic, some herbs, Chinese cabbage and money tree plant growing after last night. Everything else is inside or resting in the ground.

    Tomorrow promises to be a decently mild day, so maybe I'll get the bulk of my garlic in the ground and start the major mulching with newspaper, cardboard and wood chips. Oh, firewood too!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Nov 28, 2013, at 3:18 PM
  • Blaaack Friday. I have no idea if Deb is going shopping but I AM NOT! Looks like it will be a nice day, so I have plenty to do here on the homestead.

    Whew! I sure hope new glasses will help my typing, but probably won't since I am not looking at the keys anyway. (which is probably the problem along with the "fat finger" syndrome) The glasses will at least help me see my mistakes better. :-)

    Found a different way to split 10" or wider diameter logs yesterday (at least for me) that is cutting down on my swinging a heavy hammer. Probably others are using it but just in case, I will describe it here.

    By the way, these are all being split on a tough old stump that I use as a chopping block. That makes a difference from splitting on the soft ground and it keeps me from having to bend over as much.

    I use a sharp axe to make the first cut. With straight grained wood, that may be all that is necessary, but normally. while the axe is still in the wood, I tap a wedge in with a small 10 pound hammer head.

    This is where I usually pick up the 30 pound hammer and start taking swings, but yesterday I noticed that if I tap in a second wedge and alternately tap on both of them with the 10 pounder, it quickly splits without excessive work.

    I am sure I will have some tough ones in the days ahead, but I like what I see so far. I barely broke a sweat yesterday. Of course it was 25-30 degrees, but I usually "glisten" quite a bit, regardless of outside temperature.

    OK, that was just "for what it is worth" and it came free so.....

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Nov 29, 2013, at 9:21 AM
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