The Cabin In The Woods


| 12/18/2017 10:00:00 AM


Tags: mountain living, dealing with predators, snow removal, Bruce McElmurray, Colorado,

 

Living in the mountains at 9,800’ elevation is wonderful beyond description ‘but’ it comes with a lot of work. In the summer months we spend considerable time cutting, hauling, splitting and stacking firewood. Since we heat our small 890 square foot cabin with a wood stove we need to have between 9 and 12 cords of firewood available to see us through the next winter. Without question our winters are long and last anywhere from 6-8 months. Our snowfall on average is 264” per season but spread out over up to 6 - 8 months it is manageable (more on that under snow removal). The 4-5 months where we don’t have snow is spent with our small garden, property maintenance and getting firewood for next winter.

Average Day In The Mountains

A normal day starts early by arising around sunrise. We like to get an early start to our day since we live on the northeast side of the mountain and the sun sets on the opposite side which is early afternoon for us. First things first - we get our dogs out in the fenced in backyard to relieve themselves and then we sit and do some meditation while we enjoy a hot cup of coffee. This quiet morning time gets our day started off gradually.  

Then it is time to get the dogs fed the first of their three meals for the day. Next we get the three bird feeders filled with sunflower seeds and get breakfast ourselves. I usually spend about an hour on the computer answering emails and checking on friends. Then outside to clear snow, cut firewood, mulch limbs, seal exposed wood or other labor intensive tasks. At our age it takes longer so we have to plan our activities carefully in advance.

Between meals for ourselves and the dogs coupled with dog walks and letting them in and out throughout the day we work on needed tasks. Carol has household duties so she vacuums, dusts, prepares meals, bakes, keeps the wood stove going and helps me when necessary.  When the sun sets we then sit and relax for the rest of the day.

Snow Removal

With the volume of snow here in the mountains we spend a lot of time clearing it away. We have a small Kubota tractor with a snow thrower on the front and a blade on the rear. There are a few areas around our house that we can only get by shoveling. Since we live in an A-Frame the first order of business is to get the snow off the roof. Snow sliding down a steep roof can literally ruin your day so that is first.

Bambi St. Cyr
12/27/2017 11:14:05 AM

How NEAT!! What a great description of your life!! Wow! That is my ideal type of home environment!! I am looking forward to the day I can move into my dream woodland home in the mountains of Pennsylvania. And, when I do, I hope I have wonderful, like-minded neighbors such as yourselves who have a Spiritual understanding of the Animal Kingdom and recognize that animals have thoughts, feelings, and intelligence.


deedubyadrippin
12/27/2017 9:21:52 AM

That's the life!!!





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