There is nothing like curling up on the couch with my Bible, a blanket, a hot cup of tea right next to a crackling fire. Yes, I can hear the wood crackle and sizzle, but I also get to see it as well, thanks to My Skippy Man picking out one with a glass front. It is a wonderful time that lets me get in some "Laura Ingalls Wilder" time as well. I love the frontier/pioneer era, and always felt I should have been born back then. Using my stove gives me a little bit of a time-warp that I gratefully embrace with open arms.
As you can see, I made hamburgers the other night. I try and use the stove during the cold months to cook on as much as I can.
This morning when I woke up, it was 64* degrees. But not too long after that, it got dark, started to rain, and then got cold and windy. I started the stove earlier, but had an awful time getting it to really catch and get hot. Shortly afterwards, Skippy called and said, "If you make a fire, don't use the wood in front of the stove.....it's WET!" AH HAH! Now I understand why I was having so much trouble! lol
After I got it going good and hot, I put the coffee/tea pot on the top. This really helps in putting the moisture back in the air that the stove takes out.
This is actually good too for when I do the dishes. It takes hardly any time at all for the water to heat up. It saves on the electric bill, not having to heat the water. For this Frugal Females, that's a WIN-WIN situation!!
PLUS, there is also an added bonus: I have hot water for coffee/tea/hot chocolate at the ready......ALL DAY LONG!
I am using my special DISNEY PRINCESS mug my sister, Noony gave me a few years ago. It is one of my favorites. So today, I get to not only be "warm & fuzzy" but I have the pleasure of remembering wonderful times with my beautiful sister!