Beau January 13th, 2009
A beautiful sunny day, but cold! And it’s going to be colder for the next few days. I’ve been asking for snow, and look! We actually got enough flurries to dust the ice on the pond. I like how the trees stand as gray sentinels on the hillside- in summer you can’t see this corner of the pond very well because of all the leaves on the trees.
The long range weather forecast doesn’t have any snow it in this month- will we go all winter with that one small snowstorm in December?
Worked in the barn yesterday with the woodstove going- I’ve used it a couple times, but this was the first time I’ve kept it going for such a long time and it was pretty nice. Why didn’t I put the stove in last year!?! I had it piled in a corner, but didn’t find the “gumption” to tackle it until last fall. I’m so glad I did- outdoor temperatures were in the high 30’s yesterday and the barn warmed up to around 50+ and a lot warmer near the stove. That’s enough to fiddle comfortably with a host of things that need cleaned up. In the afternoon the boy came home from school and did his homework while laying on cardboard near the stove. He thought it was fun, and enjoyed the warmth.
(The picture above was a little fuzzy in the darker light, so I applied some “watercolor” filtering to it.) But working inside the barn gave me time to move some work lights around in preparation for cleaning up the work bench. I’m embarrased to say I’ve put it off for almost 3 years! I use it alot, it’s just that tools and small items come and go from the bench top and it’s a disorganized mess. And since it’s an outdoor barn/equipment shed, there’s always a lot of dust and grime. Maybe, just maybe I’ll get started on that soon.
But the main area inside of the barn is a different story… I’ve got that somewhat organized to maximize use of the space, and I like to keep the floors swept regularly. It always feels so much better to keep things in order, and clean up the dust. With tractors and mowers, dust and grass clippings are a way of life. Our real work bench is closer to the house in the garage, and it’s in a lot better shape. Still has a lot of junk piled around it, but at least it’s organized junk if there is such a thing!