This week marked a turning of the corner for our wood heat lifestyle. Without going into huge details our journey has been challenging but we finally feel like we are getting on top of things. I hope to begin posting photos in the next few days of our growing stacks of firewood. As well we are finally getting some solid equipment together for hauling wood home from a wood lot that is essentially our own even though it is on a neighbour's property. Yesterday morning I was able to get a small load of downed ash home.... Never mind the fact that I almost made my wife and I late for a wedding because I was having so much fun finding and cutting wood. We have rarely been ahead of schedule on wood and now we are still not ahead but we are making headway. The fact that we have wood now split and stacked in proper locations for drying and in a volume that could get us through next winter is a great feeling. What it has done though is motivated me to not slow down now but to get my butt in gear to continue cutting standing and lying dead wood to be further prepared. My wife has bought into the wood stacking being a part of the landscaping on our yard. She is especially pleased to know that I can stack in such a way as to "hide" the bark, sawdust and woodchips. We are eventually hoping that the entire perimeter of our yard will be lined with a wood fence. As the title of this post states, we are aiming at the ideal.... To have 2- 4 years of wood ready to go at any given time... But at the same time we are living in the real of doing our best with what we have.