Well, I did finally get up to the Cabin for a weekend in August, which was a good thing because September was packed with other obligations and if I’m really lucky, I’ll be able to sneak away this weekend for a “closing it up” trip.
The August trip was productive though. I used my little battery operated chainsaw (HAHAHAHAHA!! I love my tools, but that one sounds so GIRLY!) anyway, used it to cut up a couple of downed trees that I had dragged back to my firewood pile. Then…I actually made friends with Dad’s big axe.
Yep, I’m a real Alaskan Woman now.
I split all of the rounds I had cut up, and I was having so much fun that I dug out all the other old rounds from the bottom of the stack and split them too! Kerwhack! What a sense of accomplishment to hear that sound bouncing off the hills and see my wood pile growing…
I also packed out some of the less winter-worthy food items this trip. There’s plenty still there for a couple more weekend trips before the lake freezes up, but I don’t want to waste food that won’t survive a six-month series of freeze-thaws. Things like rice, instant potatoes, tuna pouches, and ramen noodles stay year round, along with granola bars and other snacks.
Two years ago I had company during my vacation at the Cabin, and my well-intentioned guests brought things like beer and wine and then left them for me. I rarely drink except socially, so I put them away and of course forgot about them. The next summer was my big flooring project and as I emptied the cupboard I found the wine bottle…minus its cork! Luckily the “cupboard” is just a crate on an uneven floor, so the bottle was tipped up just enough that only a few tablespoons worth spilled when I bumped it. Also lucky that the flooring was being replaced anyway! I later found the cork clear across the Cabin near the firewood box. That must have been some really cold weather to explode a bottle of wine that hard!
Oddly, the beer didn’t explode, though I chose not to drink it.
I’m more careful since then to police my cupboards for explodables if I think I might not be back before winter. Besides, it’s a shame to waste the wine!