With January gone, that means we are one month closer to SPRING, right?
Remember that TOMORROW is Groundhog Day, and our Final Link Up for Celtic Solstice! Get those posts written tonight so you can come link up tomorrow, Feb 2nd!
This is this morning’s sunrise view as Sadie and I stepped out for her morning walk before breakfast. She LOVES the snow….but those are not just HER footprints you see….there are deer tracks as well, and she runs around nose to the ground trying to sniff out all she can about them.
The snow won’t stick for much longer ---today we should hit 55, and tomorrow we are predicted a high of 63 on the mountain, and that will be the end of our Snow Apocalypse 2014.
It taught us many things though –like after one episode of slipping, sliding and chains --- the Hubster is bound and determined to have a 4 wheel drive vehicle. That he might have to use once a year. If that. Just thinking about it has him breaking out in “Tim the Tool Man” grunts of Arrrr arrrr arrrr It’s all about POWER, right?
There were also lots of Tim the Toolman grunts as high efficiency gas stoves were installed in our cabin yesterday.
Thermostat controlled, blower fans ---these will take maybe HALF the propane that the regular gas furnace takes when it runs, and they will keep it from needing to run. The heat is central in the room, and not coming out of the vents up against the outside walls near the windows where the heat does no good.
This is NOT Santa Clause!
One gas stove burning!
The flames go on and off depending on room temperature. When the room reaches where the heat is set at the flames turn off and the fan continues to blow heat throughout the room. We are toasty warm, and have NOT heard the main furnace kick on at ALL.
In the basement!
These are vent-less, free standing stoves, but we have ordered a hearth/platform to go under this one –it’s just not here yet. We will cover up the gas line with some molding, and cover the stove pipe hole with a cover when we get the chance.
And maybe over time that white spot from under where the other wood stove hearth sat will “AGE” to match the rest of the carpet that we recently had cleaned!?
The biggest change of all…the gas stove doesn’t run all the time. It keeps the room at a comfortable even temperature, where the wood stove would cook you out of the room with even one log in it. It was always either TOO HOT or way too cold in there to be comfortable.
There will be no hauling and splitting of wood, no messy clean up of ash. No hauling of pellet stove bags ((the other option we wanted to explore)) and dealing with that weight and chore as we age. Because the regular furnace and our hot water heater were already gas, this was a great decision for us.
For more information on the brand of stove and where we got it, check the other post I wrote about them HERE for links on where we found them.
While all of this was going on --- the old wood stove had been hauled out of the basement to make ready for the switch over, and it was FREEZING downstairs so there was no sewing down there at all. What’s a girl to do? Move her stuff up to the living room, and treadle away!
Betsy Ross and I sewing Maverick Stars blocks!
She said it would be awesome if I pieced a Canadian Flag into my Maverick Star blocks….so I did…for all of my Canadian Friends:
Yes, I moved back downstairs once we got the heat hooked back up down there! I’ve finished all of the 40 more star blocks that I needed. Now they will be sewn into sets of four today to complete the blocks, and the fun with setting them will begin.
What a pile of scraps!
One more sleep at the cabin…and we head home tomorrow!
Have a great first day of February, everyone!