Mornings at the cabin in the mountains are pretty routine. The first thing to do is always light a fire in the wood burning stove because it’s our main source of heat. The cabin we’re renting was built in the 70s, but there was never a propane furnace installed until last year. We’ve heard horror stories of how cold it used to get in the middle of the night in this cabin. We’re using the furnace as a secondary heat source for the night. Because it’s only a 500 gallon tank, we have to use it sparingly. We keep the temperature set to 60 degrees. That keeps the cabin cool but not unbearably cold in the Winter when we wake up.
Because we didn’t move up here to the mountains until the end of Summer, we got a late start as far as Winter preparations go. We wish we would have had time to get a lot more firewood. Right now we’re down to two large stacks left (I don’t know how many chords that is). I guess if we run out before Winter is over, we’ll have to buy some.
We keep an old metal cauldron to empty the ashes out of the wood burning stove. It has to be emptied everyday before a fire can be built. When Andy’s out of town, I try to bring in firewood every evening so there’s enough to start the fire in the mornings without having to go outside in the dark to get more. This routine always humbles me and makes me realize how much we take for granted the modern conveniences we’re so blessed with. Just the idea that I have to keep the fire going to stay warm humbles me. After living up here through the Winter, I’m definitely learning more skills than I ever had before. Pretty good for a city girl from Dallas!
Once the fire is lit, I can sit down and enjoy my daily mug of dark hot chocolate. It’s my guilty pleasure everyday, and if the internet is working (which is still isn’t–going on day four), I can get caught up with the news and appreciate even more that I live away from it all.
Until next time, thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day!