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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Hunkering down



My lovely wife and I are hunkering down and sitting out bad weather. The rain, snow and freezing rain is supposed to continue until Wednesday. Really glad we don't have to drive anywhere. The downside is that we are no excuse not to do chores around the house, including catching up on paperwork.

The woodstove is working really well. I'd purchased a ton and a quarter of compressed sawdust fuel blocks for the stove. We were going to use it up last fall but had to change our plans and went down to Florida in September. Those bocks were piled in my mud room as they have to stay dry. The downside is that they really are in the way as I'd expected to have used them up by now.

When we first opened up the house I used on our oil furnace to keep warm. I haven't relied on it for years. The controls on the the furnace never worked right when powered off my solar electric system so it's tied into the grid. That's fine, except when the grid fails. That's when it's nice to have the woodstove.

So I'm warm, comfortable, and . . . ready to go somewhere. As much as I enjoy being home, a big part of me wants to roam around. I've tried to go for long walks with the dog but no matter how bundled up I get, I'm still cold. Just not acclimated to the north yet. No doubt once the sun returns I'll be in a better mood.


-Sixbears

8 comments:

  1. Just be like the groundhog and hole-up a little longer.

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    1. One more day and then the sun comes out.

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  2. I agree, throw another log on the fire!

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    1. Just did. Perked some coffee on the woodstove. Live is good.

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  3. Nothing beats a warm, cozy fire when the weather is horrible. And add a good book and a comfy chair, too!

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    1. The kitchen woodstove has a nifty little glass window so I can watch the fire. Better than TV.

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  4. When I lived up north, the think that got me was the short days and most of them were gloomy and cloudy. It seemed like the sun set at five pm and didn't come up until eight am. That mad the day more dark than light. The further south you go, the more the days and the nights become equal.

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    1. The mountains don't help either. In the winter it seems the sun just peaks over the eastern mountains before ducking behind the western range.

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