Wednesday, October 7, 2009

I have woodstove envy.

Seriously... I want a woodstove. It's definitely on my must-have list when we do buy a house here in Maine. We looked at a house a few months ago that had a big huge new Vermont Castings wood stove in the kitchen and it was amazing. I wanted to buy the house just because of the wood stove. Too bad that was the only amazing thing about the house.

We went for a little drive this morning in the rain after dropping big brother off at the bus stop and there are many woodstoves warming their houses today. It's a chilly, rainy, dark, moody sort of day... perfect for October. A witchy day, indeed.

Mainers know how to prepare for winter... that and I think most actually like winter. It's probably because there are things to do here in the winter. Mainers seem to know how to have fun in the winter... skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, etc etc. I haven't been skiing since I was a little kid. I can't wait to learn again this winter.

Outside of Portland up here in the lake region and beyond, people are truly gearing up. Public works places already have mountains of sand, snow mobiles are in everyone's front yard, and the wood piles... they're impressive! Major deliveries of serious amounts of firewood. The stacks that these folks put the wood in to are impressive, too. 3x3 rotated 90 degrees every other row and build in to a wall extending from their house. It's awesome.

I can't wait to have a woodstove, a little old house in the woods, surrounded by lots and lots of quiet woods (and wool), a quiet and simple life, maybe a snowmobile or two...and some ATV's... and jet ski's... and a boat. Lots of toys.

I know I probably sound sick and twisted, but I'm actually excited for winter this year.


Thea said...

Hey, if you can't find the woodstove, the gas doesn't suck either. Still cozy. and easy to turn off at pickup times.....

just sayin'

essjay said...

Since New England winters last 8 months of the year it is good to be excited about it and have lots and lots of stuff to do! I loved to ski & sled when I was young in VT. Snow pants were a daily outfit! :)

We also had a house solely heated by wood stoves. One in the basement and one in the kitchen. I had a chimney running up through the middle of my bedroom and I used to press myself up against it to get warm. We had HUGE stacks of wood in the back yard and dad used to get a cord (I think that is what they are called) of wood delivered in the summer and would spend many an hour with the chainsaw preparing all the wood for the winter. I miss those days....

Carol @ Pure Sugar said...

Our wood stove was one of our best investments. We saved SO much in oil last year and the house was way warmer. There was nothing better than a snowy day, curled up in front of the wood stove with tea or cocoa, spending the afternoon knitting! Drew has been splitting wood like crazy. We have woodpiles everywhere, LOL!

CelticCastOn said...

I agree there's nothing like a woodstove.
We put ours on yesterday, and its the best heat ever! I'd die with gas, it just doesn't keep me warm.