12 September, 2013

Under The Weather...

Forced "down time" today is leaving me with a depleted energy level but ample opportunity to skip around and visit blogs that I've been missing. I have no idea what hit me but it was swift and complete. What started off with a raging sore throat and cold-like symptoms quickly escalated into something akin to food poisoning with a case of severe chills thrown in for good measure! All of this occurred in a 24 hour time period and I am happy to find myself greatly improved today, just wrung out. Bummer.

Lots of fun things have been going on around here. Remember that storm that wiped out trees and tore up the woods surrounding our home back in June? Mr. Goodneedle finally got the big  logs separated out from all the debris and hired a man with a portable sawmill to come out last Saturday and cut them up into boards. This is a new twist on making lemonade from the lemons we were dealt. We got approximately 1,600 board feet of oak and cherry; that's a whole LOT of lemonade!


This photo gives some good perspective to the size of the logs to be cut as they lie-in-wait, just outside the garage door.
Hannes, helping.

These two photos, above, capture the set-up and the workings of the sawmill. It was fast and efficient!
Once cut, the boards are stacked where they will remain in our garage while they dry. Our basement smells like a lumber yard; no complaints, I do enjoy the fragrance of fresh-cut wood... good thing!
Speaking of sawmills... I've been watching back-to-back episodes of "The Waltons" on the Hallmark Channel when I'm home in the afternoons sewing or quilting; I was really surprised to learn that on the later episodes John Boy was portrayed by a different actor than Richard Thomas... did you know that? Did you also know that in those same later episodes Olivia's character went to a sanitaruim in Arizona to receive treatment for tuberculosis? Her cousin, Rose (played by Peggy Rea), moved into the farmhouse to help John care for the family. I don't know where I was in the early 1980's when those major TV family changes happened... oh, I suppose I was too busy caring for my own family back then to even notice! 


Our daughter-in-law had a birthday on Sunday; we took her, and the family, to Firehouse Subs for a birthday lunch after church. On the way out to the car Gregory spotted this relic and, of course, asked the normal Gregory questions: "what's that?"..."how works?"... which begs an even greater question: "how many of these are still in existence?" He'll be able to count on one hand the number of these he sees in his lifetime!
Life is Good!



 

10 comments:

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, I'm so sorry you have gotten some sort of awful bug but hope & pray you'll be back to normal soon. That's a lot of lumber-wow! My hubby has always done wood working so I too love the fragrance of wood. We have been having heavy rain storms, which is unusual for this time of year in Colorado. Lots of flooding too. We are heading back to Ca. for a visit-so I will try to come by as I am able.
Blessings,
Noreen

Janet O. said...

Sounds like an awful bug you had--glad you are on the mend.
What a boatload of wood! Does Mr. Goodneedle have lots of plans for it already? I'm sure he can work magic with it!
On a vacation to our daughter's in Northern Idaho a couple of years ago (before she moved to NH) we actually saw a phone booth on the sidewalk! I think I even took a picture, they are so rare these days. I can't even think of where there is a pay phone left in our nearby town.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Having grown up as a Walton (really, that was my maiden surname), I rarely made it past the "Good Night, John Boy" phrase . . . take care and rest yourself!

(wonderful sawmill / wood photos!)

Teresa said...

Glad you are feeling better. Sounds a little like what I had about a month ago and I am still coughing and trying to recapture some of my lost energy.

Carolyn said...

Sorry about your bug. I hate to be down. I am a retired telephone operator, now that's a position that is hard to find. I had to explain to a twenty something what that was once.

KaHolly said...

Hope you're feeling a little better. Sometimes it's good to just stop and do easy things, like read blogs!

Laura Davies said...

Glad you are feeling better. Going to build a vacation cabin with all of your planks?

LizA. said...

Glad to hear your bug was short lived. What fun that must have been watching the sawmill process. Can't wait to see what Mr. G. Does with all that nice lumber. That telephone reminds me of one we saw in Skagway near the end of the dock, a complete phone booth on its side....what a commentary on how things have changed.....

Carrie P. said...

Hope you are feeling much better today.
We have a stack of lumber drying in our garage from trees we cut down when we made our garden. Those were some big trees that came down.

Carole said...

I had to laugh... my dh would do the same! lol When we built the barn, wet wood sat in his workshop, waiting to be carved. We purchased a dehumidifier. I was surprised by how much humidity wet wood give off. Glad we did otherwise his tools would have rusted! Thanks for sharing! Cheers!