I had to turn the heat on this morning for the first time this season. This harbinger of winter has me thinking about doing all the winterizing chores that need doing around here. I need to cover the outside water faucets and make sure the light bulbs in our two well houses are lit.
Those tasks are easy enough to do, but there are larger ones, too, that I dread dealing with. For one thing, the back refractory board in my fireplace is crumbling. This means I need a new one. This has not been as easy as I had hoped since I don’t know the manufacturer of my fireplace insert. Apparently, I will have to go “generic” and cut one to fit. Just one more thing on my “learn-how” list. In any event, it must be done before a fire is built. And we simply must have our fires in the winter…
The other thing is the generator. I have one of those gasoline-powered jobs, and it won’t start. I’ll have to find a way to get it to someone who can repair it. My thought is that it won’t be rocket science, but I haven’t a clue. We don’t have many days without electricity, but it is nice to be able to have heat and lights, at least. This generator will not run the well, too.
There are various other smaller tasks I’ll have to see to before the hard weather sets in. At least I don’t have horses or livestock to worry with. Much as I miss my horses, I believe I’d be beside myself right now worrying with getting hay in for them and dreading the freezing rain days when feeding must still be done and water troughs broken of their top layer of ice.
I have to admit that all these preparations make me sometimes think “condo,” with its no-upkeep. But, then, I look at my dogs who have always run free and think of the solitude and serenity of my forest-facing back porch and scratch the idea.
I guess everything has its price! C