This retirement business is too much like work.

Hopefully this “all these things I gotta do, all these places I gotta go” nonsense is coming to a middle. I made what ought to be the last trip in my back-and-forth gig this morning…


…and can bid adieu to the Bumpy Road for a while. I was supposed to help D&L with a dump run this morning but they decided it was such a pretty day they would rather go riding because Winter Is Coming. So they postponed till this afternoon, which was fine with me because I really fell down on my woodcutting promises during the middle of this week. So I was able to cut straight past the Lair to pick up the generator…


…and get back to firewood.

Despite feeling like a slacker, I set my goals pretty low for this week and really have hit them…


I have two full tiers stacked now, which puts me 2/3 of the way toward my pledged minimum and halfway to my stretch goal, which considering that my back is holding up pretty well is looking more and more likely. The Lair is small and most winter days it gets a lot of solar gain from that big south-facing window – not to mention I cheat and heat the new bedroom with propane. So on an average winter each of those tiers of mostly hardwood planking will last for a good month. If I can get five tiers total before December, that’s way more than I’ve ever burned in any one winter.

Anyway, now I can have a sit-down and a meal, then early afternoon I’ll help D&L load garbage into their truck and out at the county dump. In return for that, I get to empty one of my full trash barrels which will ease pressure on that front. It’s already strapped into the Jeep trailer.

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4 Responses to This retirement business is too much like work.

  1. Ben says:

    And echoing my comment on your last post, I remember you making the case in a years-ago post that ‘firewood is wealth’.

  2. Jim Price says:

    As for retirement being too much like work, that’s something only retirees can understand. People kept asking me what I was going to do, and telling me I was going to be bored. Reality is very different. Since the day I retired, I’ve been wondering how I ever had time for a job.

  3. I know you’ve probably covered it somewhere on the blog, but what sort of wood stove are you using?

  4. Joel says:

    It’s a Vogelzang boxwood stove. Search that name on the blog and you’ll find a bunch of posts from eight years ago.

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