Thursday, October 31, 2013

Another Month Bites the Dust

Happy Halloween


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fall To-Do List Update

Done!  And with two days to spare!  Each autumn, the race is on to finish up the myriad of pre-winter tasks that must be completed before the last leaf drop and the first snowfall.  Taking down the wind chimes, storing the outdoor furniture and lawn accessories, plus putting up the acrylic porch panels are a couple of important items on the fall “to do” list, but the major chore involves processing the newly-arrived firewood.

A cozy hearth paints a romantic picture but around Bon Bon Acres, the Kodiak stove is much, much more than a mere decoration since it serves as our primary winter heating source.  Delivery of the wood is just step one.  Next, the pile needs to be sorted with the larger pieces split.  Reducing log size ensures better burning and also makes the wood last longer. 

This year, we ordered six cords which should get us through the worst of the winter. Rule of thumb is one cord per month.  October days are iffy for most wood-burning stoves. Many folks think it’s still too warm to heat up the fireplace and thus a waste of wood but I view this transitional time of year as the perfect occasion to use up the bark pieces that have fallen to the bottom of the pile.  This year, our friend Jeff devised a “sifter system” whereby we could separate the chips from the dirt.  It’s been an awful lot of work but it’s very satisfying.  Using every wood scrap seems like a time-honored frontiersman-type tradition.  Think of the Native Americans who famously made judicious use of every resource at their disposal.  My mother would say “waste not, want not.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Best Friends Forever

Picnics are a wonderful way to enjoy the great outdoors and spend some quality time with family and friends.  Chandel, our west coast correspondent and chief photographer, introduces us to her very special best buddies, with whom she shares many meals and priceless memories at lovely Lindo Lake.


Monday, October 28, 2013

Thoughts for the Holiday Work Week Ahead

May you find your front porch
on Halloween and always.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

"Fall"ing in Love

Sunday Blessings

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Weekend Wishes

Friday, October 25, 2013

Autumn in the St. Croix Valley

Autumn is the gathering season for Canada Geese. During October, flocks of these graceful waterfowl fly in from every direction to eat, socialize, rest and relax at Bon Bon Pond.  Soon they will leave for winter open water spots, but for now, with nesting season over and goslings grown, it’s time to take it easy and enjoy the loveliest of seasons.