6 January 2017

nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
Always fun to see, even though it was barely anything. Maybe .25". But it's well below freezing - mid/low 20s all day, with wind chill another 10-15 degrees lower. So whatever melted on the pavement was likely to re-freeze. Traffic was pretty crazy. Tonight we're heading for a low in the mid-teens.

I spent a very relaxing evening at home with a roaring fire. I love having a gas starter! I'm really lousy at building a fire, but wow, I can keep it going.  I learned from reenacting, specifically at Fort Washita, when the only source of heat was a single fireplace in a large stone room.  (There was that memorable weekend which highs in the teens and lows in the single digits...) It's tricky to keep a fire burning well for three days.  You've got to keep enough wood on it, and if it starts to die down, it needs stirred up and the logs turned so it will burn better. The ashes need to be taken out, too, because eventually they block oxygen.  I enjoy the challenge. :)

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