Enjoying the Hunt
- The Simple Life
This time of year we spend a lot of time in the woods hunting.
It's not a typical hunt, we don't take weapons, and we don't bring
home any game to dress, but we are hunting for firewood. The
prize being a shed filled with cut and stacked wood, ripe for the
woodstove. We drive slowly along the trail in the woods, our
trained eyes in search of the best cutting spot. "There's a nice
dead birch!" "Over there! A nice maple!", are the typical phrases.
We pull over an cut the engine and the fun begins.
"Why work so hard for your heat?" some ask. Well unless you
have free gas, (which we don't) everyone pays for heat one way or
another. It all comes down to hours and dollars. If you pay $1500.
a year for heat, you are working X number of hours to pay for your
heat. If you cut your own wood, you still trading work hours for
heat, but we like it this way.
"Hunting" for our wood really is a nice activity this time of
year. The leaves are beautiful, and the sun makes for a golden day.
Our puppy follows close at our heels, stopping to chew on a twig or
chase a butterfly, every so often. One of the best parts is the
exercise. All that bending and lifting must be good for us, it
gives me a nice back ache by the time we are done. You know what
they say, "No pain, no gain." By the last few pieces of wood, my
arms feel like rubber, but that only lasts until we get home and the
feeling comes back in my arms just in time for a sandwich. Glad I
still have energy to lift that!
Rejuvenated, we unload the wood. Just a few more days and we
will be set for another year, but actually, we will miss our
woodcutting days. It's fun to see the wildlife and hear the birds.
This morning a tiny little tree toad hopped up just to say "hi", and
blended into the leaf he was sitting on so well, that I knew if I
took my eyes off him, I'd never find him again. I didn't.
Another tree, on the edge of a field held a family of
bluebirds, getting ready for the trip south. As I watched, they
joined up with another group and fluttered off.
This time of year, the mushrooms in the woods are also
interesting. Moss and fungi color the sides of fallen logs. Did you
ever notice that certain colors of fungi only grow on certain types
Hard to believe, but we will miss the woodcutting, but then
another season will be upon us, and our only exercise will be
lifting the logs into the woodstove. At least there's always next
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This is the week we have all been waiting for. The election
will finally be over, something we will can all agree on! See you
at the polls!
Want to know what you can do, to feel at peace about this
election? Pray. Even hearts that are in disagreement over what is
best for our country, can come together in prayer. Maybe your
church can designate an hour of prayer. Maybe you would like to
invite neighbors to come to your home and pray for an hour. Maybe
your style is to pray with your family. Our prayers will be heard.
"Voting is not simply about your pocketbook. It is about weighing
issues and convictions, and then voting your conscience." ~~ Dr.
"Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come
from the subjects of it. . . . The history of liberty is a history
of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it."
~~President Woodrow Wilson, 1912
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I've had several requests to re-run this simple recipe. You do not
make the cake according to directions, but only with the ingredients
Caramel Apple Cake
1 yellow cake mix
1 can apple pie filling
1/2 c applesauce
Mix and bake above ingredients in a greased 9 x 13 pan 30-35 minutes
until golden brown. Frost with your favorite caramel frosting.
Cream cheese frosting would be great, or vanilla. You can
experiment with different cake mix flavors and different pie
fillings and find your favorite combinations. This is a very moist
cake that won't last long at your fall party!
Other variations: (applesauce optional)
dark chocolate cake --- cherry pie filling
spice cake --- apple pie filling
white cake --- blue berry pie filling, or any of your favorite
Frost with your favorite frosting.
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In the garden: When mowing to mulch leaves, start at the outside
edges of the yard, and blow the leaves toward the middle. As they
form a long row of leaves, drive directly over the leaves to mulch.
You will have to drive over them several times. Keep blowing them
toward the middle. After a few passes, they will be almost gone.
This works best when done weekly, until the leaves are gone.
Keeping Fall Simple,