To you,it may look like a pile of wood and woodchips. Not pretty to look at,that is for sure! Why is this a blessing, you may ask? It is our heat and driveway extension.
We are very fortunate to have friends who have given us their cut down trees ( big thanks again to Michelle and Brian,and Fran and Dave) With green wood alone over $200 a cord,this is a very good blessing. We do have a furnace,and with the price of oil ( our tank is outside,so we have to use the mix,which is more expensive)wood is our first choice. We try to use as little oil as possible. After this photo was taken,we actually received more wood,so we should be all set for the winter. We just need to split and stack it,which we have been doing a little at time,to Rick's tolerance. The blessing goes even further for us,because we did not have a wood splitter,and those of you who burn wood and need to split it know how wonderful and quick it is to own one. We have borrowed one in the past,and had every intention on doing so again,then our friend Scott gave us his old one. So now we have plenty of wood and a wood splitter,which didn't cost us a cent. Just the gas to load up the truck to get the logs,and the gas to run the wood splitter.
The driveway extension is the pile of chips. Our neighbors down the road recently had some trees cut and chipped. They had no use for the chips,so they gave us about four-five truck loads. We are going to use them to extend out driveway out,and to help fill a big dip that likes to collect water. We have also used them to level out the area where our yard swing is.
The idea for this post actually came from another blog I follow,and I am embarrassed to say I can't remember which one it is. I follow about 10 of them,and sometimes the posts and blogs all meld into one. I saw our situation in that post,and wanted to talk about our own blessing and our gratitude for the good people in our lives.