Saturday, September 23, 2006

Happy Autumn

Today is the first day of Autumn - the Autumnal Equinox. Happy Autumn, everyone! The leaves are turning brilliant colors, with their hues deepening daily. Today is cloudy and rainy, but on the days the sun shines, the skies are so blue, the birch leaves shine golden and the reds of the maples are beginning to attain their crimson color. I just love this time of year even though I'm sad to see the garden go by in a last hurrah. We've already begun with evening fires in the wood stove and it won't be long before the fire will not go out again until late March. We do have a forced air furnace, but seldom use it. The only time it came on last year was when the furnace guy came to give it an annual check! Our goal is the same this year - don't let the furnace come on. The wood stove may be a bit of a pain to maintain, but oh, the enveloping warmth, the crackle of the wood and the glow of the fire are just too nice.

Life is good on cold winter evenings in front of the fire.


Zoey said...

That does sound romantic, Giddy. But I bet when you have to get up in the middle of the night to add wood, it's not all that romantic! LOL.

Giddy said...

Ah, but we have a wonderful Jotul stove that keeps the fire going all night long. Since H wakes up around 4 a.m., he just throws a few logs on the remaining coals and by 5 a.m., the house is warm again. Having a well insulated house helps immensely, as well.