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Warm Thoughts on Cold Days

December 2nd, 2008

Kinda cold out there today, but at least the sun is shining.  You know it’s getting colder when the heater kicks on in the morning, even with the wood stove roaring away.   For some reason I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night (time to put wood in the stove…) and then again about an hour before dawn (more wood in the stove).   But a couple of days ago I slept almost all through the night for the first time in months, isn’t that strange?  Last night it was back to my usual routine, prowling the house and stoking the fire.  Maybe I’ll get to see Santa Claus this year while he’s up too.

But it’s been a good week for getting things done, and time again for bringing wood to the house. One of the nice things about the cold months is the little creepy crawlers are mostly gone.   I don’t like keeping wood near the house during the warm months since it just attracts insects.  But now we can keep a nice wood pile right outside the door.

 Firewood

And that little project for the barn is finally finished… getting the stove installed out there. Took a few weeks of head-tilting to figure out how to do it properly, and a few trips to the supply store to make sure it’s up to code.  So I looked at all the clearances, gathered the proper materials, and then finally plunged right in.  I figured I would never do it until I cut a hole in the roof… and then there was no turning back!  

Chimney on top of barn

Hardest part was climbing ladders a zillion times, carrying chimney parts, and getting things sealed up properly.   So now I’ve got no excuse to get the placed organized and a few other chores accomplished too.  But we’ve got time right?  A few long months ahead of us.  Maybe that’s why I like the seasons- it gives you a chance to catch up on things you don’t do at other times.

4 Responses to “Warm Thoughts on Cold Days”

  1. Ed Abbeyon 02 Dec 2008 at 3:15 pm

    I have a rule. I can pack any amount of tools to take with me up a ladder or a distance from my shop area and no matter how many I take, I will have to make several trips back to get others that I need. Never fails. The rule is the harder or farther you are away from your tool storage area, the more trips you will have to make.

  2. Pabloon 03 Dec 2008 at 7:15 am

    I think of winter as the season of hope because it really seems like I can make a permanent change in my forest. By late summer I’ve abandoned that idea because nature has filled in whatever I’ve done.

  3. R. Shermanon 03 Dec 2008 at 9:48 am

    I remember once my dad had my brother and me move some wood inside during the winter months for the two fireplaces. We discovered the next morning that a large colony of black ants was surviving deep inside one of the logs and had decided to stretch its collective legs in the warmth of our living room. To my mother was not amused would be an understatement.

    Congrats on the installation, BTW.

    Cheers.

  4. Beauon 03 Dec 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Ed- A rule?! That’s what that is! It always happens, and no matter how hard I try, the same thing happens to me :) That could be an entire post…

    Pablo- Isn’t that the truth? You can see so much right now, make good progress and it all looks wonderful… then in July it’s overgrown and you wonder if you actually did anything!

    R. That’s a funny story… or at least after the fact! Thanks- it’s neat.

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