Friday, January 21, 2011

InterRoom Travel

My 'travel post' today is going to be a bit different, since I will be focusing on traveling between rooms in the house, keeping the fires going. (Sorry, they're in stoves, Calvin). We woke up to MINUS 32 degrees F. today, and that does not include any wind chill. Fortunately, there is hardly a breeze out there.  I made sure to get the bird feeders filled, first thing.

 Our trusty outdoor thermometer


 The good news...

We don't usually fire up the cookstove, but if it dips to minus 20 or below, that's the time to get this thing going again. It's a great old Home Comfort range, built in 1915. That extra stove helps keep the house nice and toasty in this kind of weather. We bought the stove many years ago and have moved it three times - once when we bought it, to our house in the valley, and then to our current house on the hilltop. After we bought it, Kevin said we were never moving that thing again! But when it came time to move, I told him that's the only thing I cared about keeping, and that he could throw out everything else, (that did not include books, of course, but that's a given...) if we could just take the cookstove with us. I think he's glad he did, but I won't ask him to confirm that. :-)


 Peanuts warming by the Quadrafire
(Conjures up a tune, doesn't it!)

Since there's nothing to lure me away from the house today, I thought it might be a good day to finish the lamb that I'm knitting and perhaps clean off my desk. Think that might be a good idea?



My Tube Map buried under the stuff on my desk should motivate me to keep it clean, but this just seems to happen overnight! You'll be happy to know that I always keep the kitchen countertop clean and free of clutter. 98% of the time, anyway.

Hope you all have a good day, and if you're living in the Northwoods, as we are, keep those fires going!

20 comments:

Yenta Mary said...

That stove is GORGEOUS!!! Books, of course, are a given. Clothes and dishes can be replaced, but that stove is absolutely priceless and definitely had to travel through life with you ....

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

I was thinking of you when I saw Al Roker on the weather today. Your weather is heading our way. Getting the firewood up here now!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
www.mawhats4dinner.com

Anonymous said...

It's always enjoyable reading your blogs. Can't Al Gore do something about MINUS temperatures?
Blessings!

Soundliving.org

Caution Flag said...

I was thinking I would get a fire going, but it will pull any warm air up the chimney. I need to convince Keith that we should get an insert for the fireplace.

What's the history of your wood stove? What a fantastic piece!

I took your advice from a while back and put some white lights up on the mantel. I love the way they add ambience to the room. Thank-you!

Jean at The Delightful Repast said...

Did I forget to mention your cookstove in my comment? If so, let me just say I am sooo jealous! I don't think I can ever enjoy complete happiness again without Lionel and that cookstove!

Cranberry Morning said...

Dear Anonymous... as a matter of fact, I was thinking of Al Gore when I first saw the reading on our outdoor thermometer!

The history behind the cookstove, since you asked, is that we bought it many years ago from my brother who lived in a renovated church. He didn't want it and sold it to us for...you're going to hate me...FIFTEEN DOLLARS. We cleaned it up, shined up the chromey looking parts (did not re-chrome because it would have cost a fortune!) and it's been living with us ever since. There have been a couple times my brother kicked himself, I think. :-) Oh well, he would have little use for it in Dallas, TX.

I will be writing a post on Lionel soon. He has some new, strange behaviors. What a cat!

Stay warm, friends!

Michelle said...

brrrr, you just made me glad we moved to the south. -32 is not fun. What beautiful stoves you have to keep you warm though!

Heide said...

Definatly a day for knitting!! Stay close to the fire!!

Not too bad here, just -8 this morning. A fierce wind was predicted for today, but I didn't notice it yet.

I love your stove! I shall have to tell your story to my family, as I too have a weakness for stoves! (or is it a good bargain!?) I have a 1947 GE electric stove, not quite as old as yours! But it was a bargain! No one is looking forward to moving it some day. It is about as big as yours!

Happy Knitting!!

Megryansmom said...

Wow, almost makes me feel bad to complain about our cold. All of a sudden 5 seems like a heat wave. Love the old cook stove, it sure comes in handy in this weather. Have a great weekend.

Judy S. said...

Wow! The coldest I've ever experienced is -24, the year I left Wisconsin. Now the 30s seem cold, and we've definitely become softies. So, stay warm, my friend, and keep those needles clicking!

Mamarazzi said...

that old stove is gorgeous!! i love it and i miss my wood burning stove.

thanks for stopping by my blog. i always do my best to follow people who comment back to their blogs to leave a little love.

Rachel said...

MINUS 32??? I would never survive. It was 19 degrees when I woke up this morning and I thought I was going to freeze to death.

Love the stoves!!

Hope you have a good weekend! Stay warm!!

:)
Rachel

EmptyNester said...

OMG I have NO concept of what 32 below is! But I'm pretty darn sure that staying in the house is a great idea! LOL

jennyfreckles said...

That sounds unbearable! Glad you're staying tucked up and cosy with those lovely fires.

Mama Hen said...

Oh my goodness that is cold! I thought it was cold here in the teens, but holy cow! Stay bundled and warm my friend! Have a great night!

Mama Hen

Tiffanee said...

Now that is COLD!! I am glad you have that beatiful stove. There is nothing better than sitting near the fireplace on a cold day. Happy knitting.

partialemptynester said...

Mmm, soo cozy...I'm sure he's very glad he moved the darn thing, lol...but I'm with you, let's just enjoy the warmth and not ask any questions :))

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

Inter room travel... what a great idea for a post in that temperature. Wow, that is cold. No wonder all those logs were chopped in preparation for the winter. Fine pieces of historical machinery you have, everything we have here in the UK is so new... LOL

Cris said...

That stove is amazing!

BTW-- I wish my kitchen counter was free of clutter 98% of the time ;)

Deborah said...

My friend, it sounds like you had a perfect day...sitting by the warm fire knitting a lamb...with 2 wonderful dogs sitting at your feet. (and Kevin probably sitting in the chair across from you) Yes, a perfect day. :)

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