Winter is here!
When our first snow of the season hit, we did not have our woodstove in yet… and it was admittedly miserable. But I can’t help it, I do love the snow and the cold anyway. Knowing our cabin was going to be FREEZING did not stop me from doing a happy snow dance outside.
That first storm left us with only a couple of inches of snow, which melted away quickly over the next few days. Then we got the woodstove in, then it snowed again! Even less the second time, but a dusting is better than no snow, in my opinion (especially when you have heat in your house!).
Amelia digs the cold weather; we built her a super rad outside duck house, so she has a dry warm place to go if it gets really cold and windy. It’s like a luxury 2 bedroom apartment! An apartment full of dry straw and a hinged roof (A hinged roof! Coming from animal care background you have no idea how exciting that is for cleaning and general care purposes!). Loki gets all zoomies and crazy weird in the snow (in a good way). And the steep windy dirt road that leads up to our cabin was only sketchy in a couple of places.
We are not stingy with firing up the woodstove when it gets cold in the house, which is usually by 3 or 4 in the afternoon. We keep it going all evening and try to keep up with it overnight so it isn’t freezing in the morning. Last night I added some more wood to it around midnight, and it was still just about out and chilly in the house at 5:30am when I got up for work. We’re still learning the quirks of the stove and how to maximize our heat from it for longer periods of time. It’s pretty fun to watch and play with!
I decided the woodstove needs a name, since he is a pretty integral and necessary part of our lives now. Haven’t made any decisions yet, but putting some creative energy into this for sure. Suggestions?