31 Days of October, Day 1

Autumn 36

October! One of my favorite months of the year, it’s when our daughter was born and also my sister’s birthday.

October brings cooler temps and brilliantly colored leaves and blustery winds and bonfires and sweaters and camping and hiking and all sorts of things that make it just about perfect.

It’s get-outside-and-enjoy as much as possible. Since today is the first day of October, I thought I’d share my outdoor activity, little that it was. Mondays are normally busy with Bearing Drift and phone calls and other things, and today was no exception.

But we had a big load of split firewood delivered Saturday, and today Mr. Mitchell was splitting it into woodstove-sized pieces. It was warm and breezy and the wood was in the shade so I was out pulling weeds and trying to help stack.

Who knew there was a particular way to stack wood? Four across, then four perpendicular; repeat. That’s to allow the soaking wet wood to dry out, and today’s sunshine and 80-degree weather helped.

Mr. Mitchell is particular about his woodpile. Normally we just stack it but since it was so wet, he wanted to be sure it was crisscross-stacked giving it an opportunity to dry out. It was a good pile of wood … all white and red oak … so there will be warm fires this winter.

We’re getting our fall chores done before cold weather hits. It’s autumn in the Shenandoah Valley….

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” -L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell

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