Large Life, Small Space: Gathering Wood for the Gathering Storm

Living Larger Misti McCloud shares her Large Life, Small Space story with us:

Gathering Wood for the Gathering Storm
When I moved with my husband from the DC suburbs into a tiny, 700 square foot cabin in Pisgah National Forest, I wasn’t expecting the first winter storm to arrive in October.
We knew it was serious when the National Park Service closed some of the portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway above us and all campgrounds for 200 miles.
We were advised to hunker down.
A wood stove heated our cabin, so before the storm gathered, we headed into the forest to gather fuel.
Collecting wood to heat our home was something new for us, but working together that afternoon was a true joy.
By nightfall, the winds howled, temperatures dropped, and the snow and ice began to fall.
By morning, Creekstone Cabin was completely iced in.
The storm taught me how much warmer a cozy, comforting fire can be when team work with someone I loved helped built it.
Truly a memory I will always cherish.
~Misti McCloud
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4 Responses

  1. Jane Boursaw says:

    We’re *finally getting our wood stove in motion – got the chimney installed last week. Only took us 25 years! But I’ve always been so anxious relying on just propane, and besides that, I love gathering wood for heat. Great exercise, fresh air, worthy intentions.

    • Kerri @ Living Large in our Little House says:

      One of my best memories from when our oldest daughter lived with us is when Dale went out and cut wood with a friend. We split the spoils with them and when Dale got home, he had a truck full. It was a lot of work, but we all pitched in and helped get it unloaded and stacked for the winter.

  2. Roxanne says:

    Firewood is VERY comforting … but yes, a lot of work.

    My husband teases me that I’m a firewood hoarder because it really does make me feel calmer when our wood piles are stacked high. Even though winter is still going strong here, we’ve started building up our wood reserves for next winter.

    • Kerri @ Living Large in our Little House says:

      When you rely on wood for heat, as we both do, you have to start stacking a year in advance!