You know, with all my complaining about the work on the house we did over the last year, I just wanted to pause for a moment and say how grateful I am that we did it. Last night the windchill outside got down past 20 below, and a lot of houses in the area lost their power due to high winds. While our house didn’t lose power (thankfully), I wasn’t dreading a loss if it did occur. Our wood stove was cranking out the BTUs, and I knew we would have been fine, no matter what. It all sort of hit me at once–how all the work we did on the house was to be prepared for situations just like last night.

I think that’s one of the reasons I really like living in Maine, if that makes sense. I can put in all sorts of work to something that I can see very tangible benefits to later on. I’m not a big gardener, but getting my house ready for winter is probably a close feeling to that. You put in all the hard work, and then you can enjoy that hard work for months after.

Next year, I just need to make sure I stack the wood earlier. I had it–just didn’t stack it. It didn’t season as much as would have been good. Silly Bryce.

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