Saturday, January 19, 2013

Windy Saturday

It is a quiet morning up on the hill.  JP is off on a mission in Ole Bessie, yogurt is incubating in the kitchen, the dogs are dozing in a sunbeam, and the girls are in the tree house, plotting who knows what.  The wind is howling through the bare trees at times, but the sun is shining brightly, and the sky is clear and blue.

The sheets are whipping around wildly out on the clothesline.  While I struggled to get them pinned securely to the line, the dogs were out and running about in a manic manner.  They haven't had a good romp since last week, when they took off after deer while I was bringing fresh water to the chickens.  They loped back 30 minutes later, quite pleased with themselves, and smelling of 2 month old deer parts that they rolled in while in the woods.

Although the night temperatures have dipped below freezing the last couple of nights, it has been cozy and warm in our house...even in the bedrooms, where the heat from the wood stoves does not typically penetrate.  We bundled up and went out last night to look at the moon with our Christmas telescope.  It was a bit breezy, which made the telescope (and therefore the image) sway, but it was impressive, none the less.

The new wood burner is truly making all the nooks and crannies of our home warm!  For the past 24 hours,  I have not built a fire or carried wood.  The wood stack on the veranda is low, but we will not haul wood to fill it this weekend.  All the hot water we are currently using is being heated outside.  There are some down sides though:  1) The unit itself lacks any charming curb appeal.  Let's face it...the thing is Ugly (with a capital U)  2)  Although it only needs to be stoked with wood (or coal) every 12 hours or so, the stoker inevitably gets a snoot-full of smoke, and comes back in smelling that way.  These are things we will have to experiment with, in order to maximize the positives and minimize the negatives.

This is the view from my kitchen window now
As I mentioned previously, JP is off in Ole Bessie to the next county to buy coal.  Ironically, although the coal mine is the largest employer in our little town, there is no place to buy the stuff locally.  Since our burner is built to burn either wood or coal, we thought we'd try the coal option to see if the benefits are overwhelming.

I am currently procrastinating.  It is time to put away the rest of the Christmas decorations this weekend, I guess.  It always seems to take longer to stash all the things back away than to take them out each season.  Sigh...I need to get going if I am to accomplish anything today.  Tonight, my girlfriends and I are going out for dinner and a movie, I am SO looking forward to it!

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