Mario, our wood stove installer, was drilling perfectly round holes in our ceilings and roof for the stove pipe. A human-made tunnel for the smoke to escape into the sky above. While he was working away on the holes and tunnels, I took Kodi for a walk down the road to our favorite conservation area. There I found a different set of holes and tunnels and several mounds -- made by moles.
Here it is December 4th and the ground is as soft as mid-summer. This mole turned up some beautiful loam.
When we got back to the house, Mario and his helper were still working on our stove tunnel. By mid-afternoon they finished and the four of us watched the first fire burn in the new stove! Like the moles, we are now ready for winter.