What a beautiful day we had yesterday! It was sunny most of the day and the temperature got up to 38 degrees! It felt more like 50 so I guess we're getting used to the cold okay. We have a lot of white ash that have been hit with the emerald ash borer so they are all dying. Therefore, we're cutting ash and I cut quite a bit yesterday! After quitting the job early so I could hunt last evening (saw several does), I got to thinking about how much I've cut already this year. We don't usually start cutting until December, but already I have about 1/4 of a year's supply cut. It is stacked but not split yet (we split our wood in the spring). That is a good feeling knowing that the wood is there already and most of you know this is not next year's wood I'm cutting as we have a pretty good supply on hand already. But what a joy after cutting, I come into the house and I am a bit sweaty and the boots and gloves are a bit wet also. I slip the little soapstone blocks (bought from Woodstock) into the boots and another pair of smaller ones in the gloves and they dry fast. I sit near the stove for a bit relaxing and soak up the warmth. Feels Great! Then after hunting, I am a bit cold, but come in to that wonderful wood heat. Can it be beat?! I highly doubt this. What other joys has your wood stove brought to you? Do you have next year's supply of wood already on hand? You should, or at least have it ready by Spring. Do you find enjoyment putting up your wood supply?