Wednesday, December 2, 2015
It rained hard all last night. By about noon, the rain stopped but the clouds are still there. The temperature is dropping and the humidity is falling fast.
By tomorrow, it's supposed to be cold and clear . I am planning a jaunt into town. Just to have lunch and go by the grocery store, nothing important. I've been up here since Sunday and I'm ready for a change. I should at least get the mail out of the mailbox.
One nice thing about being retired is that I don't have to go off the mountain unless I want to.
I've been burning some firewood. I fired up the wood burning stove in the lower level last night, just to get the damp feel out of that floor more than anything else. It does make things feel drier, and much warmer.
Two years ago, just about this time, I woke up in the middle of the night with a chimney fire in the wood burning stove. Despite all my prior planning, none of the gadgets I had on hand to deal with that contingency worked. I had fire extinguishers, smoke bombs, the works.
Had to call the fire department. They had some kind of special chemical they threw down the chimney in a bag that put the fire out. One of them told me the best thing to do was to keep some small bags of chipped ice in the freezer, and throw that in the stove if the chimney caught fire. Then damp it down completely.
I had swept the chimney myself but hadn't done a good enough job, obviously. I am far more meticulous when I do that task these days.
It's really quiet up here now that the rain has stopped. I can hear the creek roaring but that's about it. One thing I am not short on is tranquility.