The end of summer is upon us and the firewood is in. During this video of gathering firewood over the course of one day, I discuss why the Living a Sustainable Dream YouTube Channel is not successful. I also explain the importance of taking a much needed break from social media. If you have struggled … Continue reading Firewood, and why this YouTube Channel is not Successful
I have wanted an electric chainsaw for a few years now, and when I was asked by my wife and son what I wanted for Father’s Day, I went with the Oregon CS1500. The Oregon electric plugin chainsaw was one of the few chainsaws left out there that doesn’t use batteries. I did not want … Continue reading Bucking Challenge: Electric v. Gas
What deadline could I possibly have? The summer is rapidly coming to a close, and I am about to re-enter the classroom again this fall for my 16th year of teaching. Each summer I have a to do list that I try to complete before I am inundated with lesson planning, orchestrating projects, grading papers, … Continue reading What to do? The race to meet a deadline.
During one of the bad wind storms last year, I noticed an entire birch tree partially broke at the base of the trunk. The tree continued to live, but it was hung up on another birch tree and couldn't fall completely to the ground. Even though the tree was still living per se, it was … Continue reading How to fell a hung up tree
Wearing my grubbiest, holiest t-shirt, toughest Walls jeans, a pair of worn out hiking shoes or rubber boots, and skip a shower until evening because I am about to sweat through every pore of my skin; I head out to fell, buck, transport, split, and stack firewood for the 2016 season. Gathering wood this season … Continue reading Another Firewood Season Coming to a Close *Note sigh of relief…
As of early August, my wife, son, and I stood happily before our woodshed and admired our work this past season. We had successfully cut, split, and stacked 9 and half cords of wood. Those who don't burn firewood a cord is 4' x 4' x 8' or 128 cubic feet. We succeeded to get … Continue reading Firewood: Cut, Split, and Stacked
During the summer months in Northern Idaho, many families spend substantial time collecting, cutting, splitting, and stacking firewood. Our family is no different since we use firewood to heat our house, cook our food, and heat our domestic hot water in the winter. The best way to beat the heat is not to be out … Continue reading “Beat the Heat” with homemade water guns
One thing for certain is it is better to be prepared than to be caught unprepared. On trips I am known to pack basic tools and car repair manuals with me in case of a breakdown. I have replaced fuel pumps, alternators, fan belts, flat tires, power steering lines, radiator hoses, and headlights, on the … Continue reading Preparing for winter in July & August?