After a few weeks of starting a fire in the woodstove and letting it go out, I started a fire Friday that is still going, using up wood like a bandit, but keeping the place toasty warm. Two years ago when I was doing this for the first time, I had NO idea how to start a fire and keep it going and the fire went out constantly. I would restart it every evening (several times!) and just shiver through the cold mornings. I feel like an old timer now, but really I am/was just beginning to learn the ins and outs of when to use different types of wood.
My new house doesn't have a woodstove. It's got a few fireplaces (2, plus a double-sided one in the basement!), but they're not intended to be used for heat. Earlier this week I brought a load of wood in from the woodshed and realized that soon I won't have to haul wood any more. Managing wood and the stove was a really time-consuming aspect of learning to homestead, on top of all the other time-consuming and hard aspects (don't get me started). I enjoy(ed) having a fire going, but I'm really going to enjoy not having to do that any more. The new house closes at the end of the month, so this is my last month here. Ideally, the 'stead will sell quickly, but realistically, it may be spring before someone else calls it home. I can't have it both ways (buy low AND sell high), so I'm settling in for a long haul on selling this house (and contemplating not making any money on it, despite all the work I did).
There's one more looong night of firefighter training this week, all weekend and one night next week before this class is *finally* over. I'll find out tonight if my new neighborhood has a volunteer fire department, and if they need people.
On another note - I don't know how long I'm going to continue this blog after I move (sorry Melanie from MN!). The aspects of discovery and learning about homesteading that were so constant here won't be relevant there, and I have lost interest in posting any more details about my personal life or living my life as publicly as I have been. I considered starting another blog, but I'm currently thinking that I don't want to do that. I'll leave this blog open, since there's likely some homestead-y things left in my creaky bones (and several totes of raw fiber to be spun and knitted!), but I've noticed that the desire to post frequently has left the building. We'll just have to see how it goes!
[Edit: Hm. I didn't intend to convey that I'm going to stop blogging immediately, although several commenters got that impression. I haven't decided anything, but I don't have an urge like I did before is all I meant to say. I want to leave it open in case I have a burning need to tell you all about some really important thing like an article in WSJ, or my dog doing a cute thing, etc, etc.
It bothers me when people misread or misinterpret my stuff because I feel that the error was mine in not clearly expressing myself. This highlights what I'm struggling with - how difficult it is to accurately get across thoughts and feelings to people I don't know. There are two ways to fix that (actually three): 1) try harder to be clear, 2) don't care if I'm misread, and 3) don't write things that can be misread. I'm currently leaning toward the third option. It may be a phase, ... or it may not.]
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