This is the first year I didn't have to go out and help cut and bring in the wood. The only downside I have found to this is the floor is always dirty and needs a good sweeping.
In response to a question about the homemade laundry detergent I got the recipe from Mary Jane over at http://thebeehivecottage.blogspot.com/.
I only cut mine down to one cup of each with one bar of the Fels-Naptha since I didn't know if we would have a reaction to it. (my DH is allergic to lots of detergents) There was no reaction so I'll be making more this weekend. I like this recipe with the baking soda as the baking soda helps eliminate odors and there are lots of those on a farm. The vinegar in the rinse didn't leave any smell REALLY!! I even tried it in the dryer on a cloth and it kept the static down. Wouldn't my Gramma be proud? Let me know if you try it and how you like it.