One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Heating the House ~ $25.00 Truck Load of Wood ~ Wig Party

Where can you find someone willing to sell you a truck load of wood for $25.00? It's rare indeed.  Thankfully, my son can lift these heavy pieces and put them on the wood splitter for me to split.  He unloaded the truck too.  Most of the wood was in stump pieces about 3 feet wide, the kind that no person really wants to mess with.  We, on the other hand, were very thankful to God for this wood.  Regardless of size.  We spent the afternoon splitting about half of it, until we needed to go inside and thaw out our finger tips.

Now, if we could just find wood pellets.  Clerks were giving my husband a weird look when he asked if they had any.  So far, we are not finding them.   One store even told us they are not ordering any more this season.  

This morning, we are off on a venture, to locate a store that has some.  Thankfully, we can call ahead, but even that isn't always accurate.  One time we called, they said yes we have them.  I arrived to find zero.  The person on the phone had checked my question by looking them up on the store computer, and not looking on the shelf.  They had a truck load, but it was outside, and not unloaded.  I made a point that time, to let them know I drove 25 minutes each way, based on their employee's answer.  I was sick that day too, and had just been to the doctor.  I wasn't a pleasant customer that day.

Last night my 10 year-old wanted the night to be a "Wig party."  We dug through our costume box and put on wigs.  Even "Tig" wore a wig:

And Jesse:
Ha ha ha ha!  Well...they wore them long enough to snap a few pictures anyway. 


EMMA said...

Tig looks like something from the Lion King movie!! Poor Jesse I'm not sure he'll thank you for publishing this picture!!

Yart said...

My monsters think your animals are very cute! Now they want to do it ours also... Not long ago we put on our bonnets on the dog... He was not impressed.... LOL!

Nancy Jo said...

Boy you are not only crafty, but strong! Sure is a good deal on the wood.Love the smell of a wood stove.
Nancy Jo

Candy C. said...

LOL!! Poor Tiger and Jesse! ;-)
Our Wal-Mart still had pellets when I was there today but our winter has been pretty mild and they probably just haven't sold them all.
Great deal getting all that wood for $25!!

nancypo said...

Good for the wood!

labbie1 said...

Love the green wig! LOL

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Wow, that's a GREAT deal on the wood. How long will that last in your home? We have firewood, but we hardly ever use it. I'm thinking we should give it a try...because it certainly doesn't cost to use the fireplace ;) :)

Wood pellets are a common thing in Oregon...and you won't get any strange looks for asking for them!! I hoe you can find some in your neck of the woods ;) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

Kristina said...

Heather, a truckload may last us a month or longer, depending on the weather. If the weather is nice out, and the kids are all in school, I can typically only run the corn burner for heat. If it's very cold, we run both non-stop and can use up the wood fast.

Penny said...

congrats on the wood, wow that is a great price even if you have to split it...we split our own wood too...hubby has a wood splitter that attaches to the tractor...I'm thankful that we have been able to find some down trees on our property lately. Right now we don't have our wood stove in the house so we have been using maple and oak wood outside in the smoker. The venison smoked this year has been very good. We just got the woodstove and will have it set up and ready to go for next winter. I have enjoyed your blog...

siryoz0 said...

That's a lot of wood to split and I hope you have reliable wood splitter in your storage.