Although we have the woodshed stuffed full, which is about two years’ worth, we are now filling our enclosed back porch with small wood. (This is the popple sapling poles that Will saves when he clears or thins a patch of woods.) This small wood is often just piled and burned by those less frugal. But we find it such good kindling and kitchen stove wood we just can’t do that. We usually pile about a cord and half on the enclosed porch plus a little bigger split wood for nasty days or when we are sick and don’t feel like bringing in wood from the wood shed.


Of course, Hondo and Spencer help by carrying in wood. They love it and the small wood is a light burden for them. Mittens is there too, supervising from a spot above the noisy, panting dogs, just to make sure it’s stacked just right and that no mice get in while the door’s open.


My oldest son, Bill, works for Oak Lake Campground and RV, a quite large RV dealership. A while back, a man with a big motor home bought a new high-end double door propane/DC refrigerator as his older one had issues when he wintered in the South. In the North it worked just fine. As we live in the North, Bill thought of us and when David went down to visit, he brought the fridge up. Wow! After living years and years with a small propane fridge, a BIG, two-door refrigerator with a double-door freezer looks like heaven to me!


Will is putting it together and working on how to best fit it into our kitchen. We’ll keep the small one too but I’m thrilled to soon be able to have plenty of refrigeration without having to stack things precariously. Thank you Bill! — Jackie


  1. I am so excited for yall getting a new fridge!! Im sure it truly is a God send. Its hard to believe that they make campers that it would fit in, it is huge!

  2. Looking at that stack of wood, and knowing more like it is coming, WHY would anyone waste that many hours of usable fuel needed for heating and cooking? It boggles the mind what other folks find useless. I LOVE the new fridge, and before I saw your comment I, too, was thinking how well it will match your woodwork. Bless your sons!

  3. Katherine and Diana,

    I’m really, really happy with the new fridge and think it’s awesome, fitting right in with all the wood in our kitchen. I can’t wait until it gets up and running!!

  4. Wow – the new refrigerator is awesome! I used to live off the grid and the white one looks like what we had. You must feel like you’ve died and gone to refrigerator heaven! :)

  5. One lucky mama, you deserve it. Thank you for being there for me so many, many times. I so look forward to all your articles.

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