Apparently some people like the flavor of steaks grilled over magnolia wood. Who’d have thought?
Backing up a little – part of what we’ve had to clean up to clear the house is an old, very large, stack of cut wood left from a magnolia tree felled by a hurricane back in 1995. At least it’s very well-seasoned?
We’d been trying to get rid of it for months, no dice. Finally we started putting it out with the yard trash, which at the rate they take it we estimated would clear it out in… oh, another month and a half. Oof. But we finally encountered someone who uses a lathe to make candlesticks; he took all the nice round limbs he could get, and a few scraps just for his firepit.
Next day, “can I have the rest of it?” *G* Apparently his wife loved the steaks!
About 2000 pounds of wood, now gone. No, not joking – the guy’s trailer almost couldn’t take the load!
And that’s how a lot of cleanup around here has gone – either by research or lucky chance talking to people, finding places where things can be useful. Wool, tracking down spinners’ guild. Yarn, local hat-knitting for preemies charity. Fishing poles, a fishing clinic for kids. Various odds and ends, a Makerspace at the local library. Sewing machine, an embroidery shop. School supplies, the elementary school. (They brought out a handcart when I pulled up, smart.)
When you don’t have much, you need to get creative. And talk to people, hard as that is for a lot of writers. You never know who might know someone who knows someone who has a partial solution to your problem.
We still have various things to go through and clean up. Some of it we should be able to donate, some furniture might not even be in that good condition. But progress is slowly being made.