Monday, December 13, 2010
House is Warm
Boy it is cold this morning, but the house is warm. That Alberta clipper chased me out of Chicago and is dumping Lake Michigan's water on our farm. We have a few inches of snow which slows down or shuts down everything around here.
It is so nice to type my blog in a warm house this morning. I didn't do that for six years.
Yes, we just got central heat and air this year.
We heated with wood and corn and some electricity since we moved here and used window air conditioners the few days it was unbearable in summer.
We got just desperate enough to go to central heat because we are older, my joints hurt more and the crop was just good enough to have a little extra money this year.
We are like kids in the candy store. We can talk and do other things without tending stoves. We have a real life.
Before, on a day like today, I would be building a big fire in the Vermont Castings while building a smaller one in the pellet stove. Not that we can't, I just don't have to wake up to a cold house anymore unless the electricity goes out.
One month's gas and electric bill might send me right back to the wood pile but it sure feels good this morning.
I think dad would have done the same thing the last six years to have this farm but he wouldn't have admitted to it. He got central heat in 1958. I remember him saying "I don't care what oil costs I am not going to split another rick of wood."
He meant it too, but when I started heating with wood in the 70's, he helped me cut a lot of ricks on his farm just to try and start cleaning fence rows up again. They hadn't seen attention since the 50's.
I know, I am a little woodsy and a little backward. Always have been.
It sure feels good to wake up to a warm house on a pretty artic day for southern Ohio. I bet there are a lot of "snow days" here today when they call off school because of the weather. All the schools are on a delay so far.