i don’t think santa will be fitting down this chimney pipe

Oh dear wood stove, how do I love thee?  And how do I hate thee when it comes time to take down the chimney pipes and clean them out because smoke has been backing into the Wagen at really inconvenient times, like when we’re sleeping?  But I jest (a little).  I never hate our wood […]

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ah yes, so this is winter

I had almost forgotten what it was like. The frozen water. The biting chill in the air. The layers of clothing. The intensity with which the wood stove must be fed in order to keep the Wagen warm when winter finally decides to show its frosty locks. In preparation we’d turned off the water in […]

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t-minus a lot

It is February 1st, and today the count down to spring begins in earnest because this morning I sawed up the last of the firewood, and when it’s gone, it damn well better be spring. Nervous that the wood would run out before the cold weather did, I bought a few packs of mollies (i.e. […]

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time to start breaking those resolutions

The new year has sprung, and with it, winter. There is snow on the ground, and I smell like burning wood, like wood stove, like warm winter nights curled up under three down blankets with a pile of books. As I ball up pieces of newspaper to start the fire again, random headlines catch my […]

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