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Staying warm is best revenge

February 18, 2015

My wife knows I am a big baby! I never get sick. I had a cold for 10 days but luckily no fever or flu. However, even with sub zero weather, I do not mind hauling in fire wood to keep us cozy and toasty warm 74 degrees. Our furnace is set at 68, so the extra warmth is courtesy of our fireplace.

Stacking the wood in October and November made my life easier now in deadly weather. It is a short walk from our side door to haul in more fuel. Splitting and stacking wood is real work, but worth the effort to stay warm in the dead of Winter. I have some improvements in mind for organizing the wood stacks for this coming Fall. But I am very happy that I spent the time and effort that is keeping us warm today.

My wife appreciates the extra warmth that doesn’t cost us a dime extra. When we are out with the dogs, the scent of oak and cedar wood from the chimney is a welcome reminder of the waiting warmth inside. The sun is shining. The wind is blowing from the North West. It is below zero outside, and we can enjoy the view without frosted windows.

Feb 18, 2015 below zero but we don't care.

Feb 18, 2015 below zero but we don’t care.

We harvested dead trees earlier this year. In high winds dead trees do kill people when crashing down. In hot Summer droughts, wild fires are a serious threat. These trees now keep us warm, and our neighbors are safer with selective harvesting. The Menominee Nation are masters of timber management. We welcome their men and women who cleared our dead trees.

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