Blistery Weather


It’s an ‘old-fashioned’ winter. I use that term loosely because I’m not sure I want to admit I remember when the winter’s were bitter and the snow was deeper. For the last dozen years…no..choke…17 or 18 years (!) we have had very moderate snow falls and temperatures. Gone are the freezing blasts that tested our temperaments along with the mercury in the thermometers. -40 C was common for several weeks or even -55 C on occasion. That was before they dreamt up ‘the wind-chill factor’ to make it seem like we were still capable of enduring some tough reality. This winter is chilly compared to most of its predecessors, but it still hasn’t dipped below -30 C.

Last winter was a balmy picnic. The wind never blew (which is why some of our fish didn’t survive) the snow hardly ever fell, and the temperate air was coming from a warm coastal air mass as opposed to the north pole, or so it seemed.

Us northerners are digging out the shovels and snowplows again. The drifts the last 2 days have folks holed-up at home with nowhere to go. With snow up to our crotches and a new pile to dig through each day, it makes it clear that we are going to pay for the past niceties of nature.



It’s a good time to contemplate the value of all the hard work that is involved with sawing and chopping wood. We work hard at bring it to our wood stoves, but we don’t have to worry about freezing if the power goes out or the gas quits running down the lines. Now is the time to reminise over the season that has past while the wood crackles and pops under the top of the cook-stove in the kitchen and heart of our home. I have some old delapidated furniture and even put up with a bedroom set that we got when we were first married, but I spent a fortune on my new wood stove…maybe you can understand my motivation now (?).wood-fire-to-heat-our-house

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6 Responses to “Blistery Weather”

  1. Wendy says:

    I listened to a video on you tube of crackling fire…hoping for the wonderful sound and memories of an old fashioned crackling fire and the feeling of being safe and warm. But every crackle of the fire resembled a gun shot. It must have been a bad recording. I miss the ‘natural’ sound of burning wood and I miss the days on the farm when there wasn’t a care in the world…uh…that’s when I was a youngster…when I didn’t know how much work was really going into my father bringing in the wood. He made that job look easy and though I helped chop and haul wood, I didn’t have the responsibility to keep that fire stoked day and night. Its work – although there must be a very special feeling that comes from working independently to meet your own basic needs. It is an admiral gift and I look up to you and your hubby for it.

  2. Anna-Marie White says:

    What a sweet little wood stove, I miss that! You said it was extremely expensive, why is that. A special kind? Tell me about it.

    • sherry says:

      Sweet is right. The feeling is heavenly when it’s operable. For years everyone tried to find an old one that had a decent firebox and water reservoir that wasn’t rusted out …and then hope the oven door springs still worked. Time has done it’s damage to the heirlooms. The one before this one had a flat metal plate stuck on one side of the firebox that I’d put there to deflect the flames away from the exposed oven side. It just got too be too much to deal with and was too important to me to have a good one. I ordered it through a hardware store from Ontario maybe. At first they weren’t going to send it because they were having problems with the nickel coating that they had to ‘contract out’. Finally they solved the problem and I got one. The Amish also make one, that was cheaper, but it was quite plain (that was ok, but it had no water reservoir). If I was going to do this, it would be once in my lifetime and I wanted it all.

  3. Wendy says:

    You really did your research. Frankly I am surprised that the one the Amish make did not have a water reservoir. I suppose they have other methods. How much was your investment? What is the name of the company out of Ontario?


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