Thursday, December 01, 2011
We've had such good weather coming into this winter that a fire in the stove hasn't seemed right, so the big heater has stayed cool until last night, when the right thing seemed to be, bring the ash can and log holder up from the basement, lay the fire tools near the stove, bring newspapers in to get the ball rolling, gather up kindling to be the first to flame, then add the first logs to the fire. Fast forward an hour or so and the stove is blazing and the thermometer, set at 70 degrees, now shows the room to be at 75. Finally, the payoff for cutting, hauling, splitting, stacking, bringing into the house. Walter, now snoring by the fire, seems thankful.