My back doesn't hurt today!
From log house to farmhouse. Farmhouse to townhouse. Townhouse to apartment house. Apartment house to crack house. Crack house to our house. Our house to our home.
Here is a pellet stove update for all of those folks out there who are thinking about getting one. Ours is working just fine. Our situation is a little different from the norm though. The primary purpose of our stove this year is to stop our pipes from freezing once again. So far, so good. We lowered our maintenance temperature from 55 degrees to 45 degrees way-back-when to reduce our pellet consumption in November when outside temperatures were well above freezing and we have been holding there since. We have noticed that, just like any appliance, there is a large amount of fuel consumption if we try to raise the temperature to a comfortable level. If we were to set the thermostat at 65 the thing would run on high for most of the day and night to achieve that internal temperature and switch to low when it was within 2 degrees. After reaching the desired temperature the thing turns off until the temperature drops 2 degrees and then it runs on low to maintain. To maintain a temperature the stove consumes maybe a bag of pellets a day. With super low temperatures outside it is sucking up more but hasn't exceeded two bags. We love it when it is above 40 degrees outside because it doesn't use up any fuel! Of course all of this would be different if we were maintaining a higher temperature.
You would think that by the time you are 40 you would be wise about certain things. Possibly even home improvement. Not us! While already owning a house we took a walk one day around the neighborhood and spied a huge old house that we had never seen before because it was winter and the foliage that hides it in the summer was on the ground. "What a neat old house" we said. "Just needs a little TLC" and "Oh look, a for sale sign."
"Aunt Sabine" tagged me with the “linky love train” meme, in which an ever-growing list of blog-owner names is supposed to chug its way through the ether.
The rules are simple: When you get tagged, you have to add your name below the person who tagged you and by doing so you are letting the list grow:
Rachel’s Soulful Thoughts
When Silence Speaks
Dancing in Midlife Tune
Underneath it All
I am Dzoi
Hobbies and Such
Choc Mint Girl
Rooms of My Heart
Colin aka cotojo
Francis & Deborah
The Alien Next Door
This Old Crack House
A Great Pleasure
The Devil Queen because John needs all the love he can get.
The Emery Restoration because this slacker needs to make a post sometime soon!
1616.ws because they need all the hits they can get to their site.
Area House because they've been slacking too.
Folksy Blog because she doesn't comment here as much as she used to!
It's not like you have to list 8 of your most embarrasing moments or anything!
“Vuja de”…. a jokey term created by George Carlin for the opposite of “Deja Vu”; being in a situation you’ve been in a thousand times before, and feeling like it’s the first time that it’s happened.
In the old days plaster was in fact plaster and it came in any color as long as it was white. As any regular reader of this site knows there is lime plaster and there is gypsum plaster. Walls in old houses are comprised of lime plaster while patching plaster and plaster of Paris is the much faster drying gypsum variety. Well, now we have something new and it isn't plaster at all. It is more like fiberglass. It sets in minutes and comes in a variety of colors. Elizabeth's choice was purple. Wanna see?