A Perfect Way to Spend a Wintry Evening

Our living room at Christmas time. December 12, 2009.

When I lived in western North Carolina we had a wood-burning stove to supplement the heat in the house.  I was teaching at the time, so I spent much of the summer cutting and splitting wood to use in the stove.  (I was MUCH younger then and had MUCH more energy!).

Years passed and I met my beautiful bride.  When it came time for us to find our dream house, Betsy essentially had one requirement — it had to have a wood-burning fireplace.

So now, many years later, I have to be concerned with firewood.  We now get firewood cut to length, but some of the pieces still need to be split.  So I often spend a chilly day splitting wood; at least that helps keep me warm while I’m working outside.

And I have to admit that there are few things as pleasant as sipping tea in front of a fire on a cold evening.

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15 Responses to “A Perfect Way to Spend a Wintry Evening”

  1. Darla Says:

    I so get the need to have a wood burning fireplace…ours…….is not! I had one before I moved here………..one day, again… Just think splitting that wood from time to time is building muscles.

  2. Lawstude Says:

    its warm and i will never get tired of looking at the tree. awesome.

  3. Becky Says:

    I’d love a fireplace…but I’d probably not love the work…so enjoy yours George and Betsy!!!

  4. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    This looks very cozy,and yes,there is not much better than wood heat.I miss ours now that we don’t have it.
    Blessings,Ruth

  5. Karen Says:

    It would be so nice to have a wood burning fire place. I don’t have one but do have a gas fireplace that looks real so I guess that’s the next best thing. No work either, just a flick of the switch.

  6. Judy Says:

    If I want a fire, I have a video of one that runs for about an hour…
    No work splitting wood!!

  7. Susie Says:

    Wood burning fireplaces are great! Love the way they smell too. We have gas logs. I reckon that’s the next best thing.

  8. Fishing Guy Says:

    George: A burning fireplace is so neat but does take some work.

  9. Busy Bee Suz Says:

    I imagine this is a wonderful way to end your day George!!!

  10. MaryBeth Says:

    Oh George, that is the prettiest most cozy warm picture ever. Love it!! MB

  11. Jen Says:

    This sure looks like a warm cozy spot. Enjoy!!

  12. ewok1993 Says:

    that is a cozy scene. i would like some cocoa to sip to complete the mood. happy christmas

  13. Cheryl Says:

    Love the little snowflakes floating by…what a cozy spot to sit and enjoy the end of the day in. We have a fireplace but only for emergencies. But there is nothing better than wood heat!

  14. Rose Says:

    You know that burning wood warms you twice…once when you cut it and then again when you burn it. The smell of woodsmoke is one of my favorite things on earth.

  15. happilyretired Says:

    Looks cozy and festive! I’m with you and Betsy … there’s nothing quite like a wood burning fireplace and even here in Southern California, I use mine frequently during the winter … just because 😉
    Hugs and blessings,

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