For years, my hubby and I have had discussions of an alternative heat source for the house. When we moved into this house, there was electric heat and a Monitor stove. We knew we wouldn't be using electric heat and the Monitor was old and not efficient.
So we installed a boiler. My husband thought that was the solution to my problem of always being cold.
But it wasn't.
So two years ago we applied for a state energy audit and the experts came in and did their tests and outlined all the steps we needed to do to take our cute little cottage from a two ** to a four ****. So we did.
It didn't help. I was still cold. And it didn't matter if it was winter or summer or spring or fall. I'm always cold.
For whatever reason, he jumped on board and immediately had a wood shed built and firewood delivered. Now the fun of stacking it although I have to say I wasn't allowed to help.... I guess it's a "man's" job..... But I do I find myself going out to look at it and feel proud of our wood pile. I can feel the warmth!
This is our wood stove. Nothing fancy. We were asked if we wanted the gold trim.... no.... Any fancy attachments? No..... This is a work horse as far as I'm concerned. We got it for one reason and one reason only. To stay warm.
And for the first time in years, I've been warm. I sit in my rocker in front of it and read, enjoying the warmth that creeps through every part of my body. Eventually, we'll look at the thermostat and it'll be 75 degrees or hotter, and I'm just comfortably warm. That just goes to show how cold I've been if my new norm is 75!
I'm looking forward to winter for the first time. To being warm during winter, for the first time.