Hello, friends. Though there are many wonderful things about wood heat, there's no denying it's a messy business. From moving the wood itself from outdoors to in-- J has taken to bringing it inside with a wheelbarrow, moving it from copper boiler to stove, and then there's the ash that puffs out and settles on everything. However, I can't forget a period of time when I was newly separated, and had only the barest of means of keeping warm. I'm thankful it was brief, and mighty thankful for the wood stove, and a husband who works hard to keep us warm. On the rare occasions when the electric heat comes on... maybe the wood got wedged in the stove and it cooled off enough for the heat to switch on in the early morning... I'm reminded how thankful I am too that wood heat is quiet, with just the occasional pops and hisses of burning wood. J & I realized we don't sleep very well when the blower of the electric heat cycles off and on, having grown accustomed to the quiet.
We continue to get orders in our online metal home goods shop, and I'm thankful for that. Once J fabricates them, I paint the orders, do the final details, and ready them for shipping. I paid bills online, saving the cost of stamps. Though I never felt very sick, I believe I ended up with a bout of bronchitis last week. I'm so thankful I had a bronchial remedy from my herbalist friend, as it saved the day, and quickly. Hooray for plant medicine, and those who study and share it with the world! I suppose hygge is a bit passe this year, but I got the idea online to create a hygge box, sort of a care package for a family member who gets the winter doldrums. Think candles, good cocoa, a pretty magazine, snacks, nail polish, and warm fuzzy socks. I'm looking forward to gifting it. Some of what I purchased was marked down at Marshall's, and I picked up the perfect Harry & David wood box for $1 at a thrift store. I also bought a fitted sheet for .50, a canister I plan to turn into a compost crock for $1, and a Fire King loaf pan for $2 at the thrift store, while supporting the local SPCA.
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