The annual event of the Lighting of the Fireplace is a turning point in the season. We usually have the need to take the chill off the room with logs by the end of October. Of course, we’ll only have little snaps of cold for the next month or two. The “real” cold (30’s to 50’s most of the time) doesn’t settle in until January, so our fireplace will only be used sporadically for a bit.
After weeks of asking, “When can we start a fire?,” Joy was thrilled to find sparks flying and wood popping just a few mornings ago. Yes, we’ve also begun the hot-chocolate-mornings routine, as well. We’ve found the recipe on the back of the Hershey’s Cocoa box to be easier to make than one would expect. We stir two heaping spoons of sugar and one almost heaping spoon of cocoa into a cup with a dash of salt and a spoon or two of water. Microwave for just a few seconds and stir until mixture is smooth. Then add milk and warm thoroughly in the microwave (about 30-45 seconds, maybe?). Yum! We prefer this over those fake little packets of cocoa mix any day!
As gas prices have gone up over the past few years, we’ve found that we can use our fireplace to heat our entire home. It does not have an insert, but it does have a blower. We set the thermostat on 63 and bundle up just a little. Naturally, the back of the house is cooler than the front, but we fare well. A cord runs about $60-70 around here. Between gas savings and wood price savings, we figure that we’ve saved at least $600. – $750. over each of the last two years.
Our fireplace is a comforting place to snuggle. We play chess/checkers, drink our coffee/hot chocolate and read our morning newspaper there. It is our transition spot. We sit there to wake up and warm up before we head into our busy day.
Our fireplace definitely makes me happy.
What makes YOU happy this marvelous Monday morning?