From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Wood Burners Alert

Chores and Duties...



If you have a wood stove or fireplace, now is the time to pick up any accessories you need for it. Lowes (at least our store in Hopkinsville, KY) has all their fireplace tools on sale for half-price right now -- tongs, shovels, pokers, ash buckets, etc. Spray bottles of stove glass window cleaner and masonry cleaner are also marked down.

I am waiting for them to mark down the chimney cleaning logs (which we burn periodically between manual chimney cleanings) and the boxes of fatwood (for starting fires), and when they do, I will stock up.

If you don't have a wood stove or a fireplace in your home, I hope you have some other form of non-electric heat to use if the electricity goes off. If not, your first prolonged power outage will probably convince you of your need for an alternative heat source. This is the time of year to look for bargains on all types of non-electric appliances.

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CONTENTMENT: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry, live simply, expect little, give much, sing often, pray always, forget self, think of others and their feelings, fill your heart with love, scatter sunshine. These are the tried links in the golden chain of contentment.
(Author unknown)

IT IS STILL BEST to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasure; and to be cheerful and have courage when things go wrong.
(Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1867-1957)

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