It’s getting a bit warmer out there. I think it’s supposed to be around 60 on Friday. Maybe I can get my left over wood chips from last year spread around the bases of some young trees I planted in the Autumn.
Anyway, I got a fire going tonight. If you think I’m not a creature of habit, I will tell you that I did the same thing last year, but on the 11th. I even took a video of it. That’s pathetic.
As I was watching the fire tonight, I started thinking. For some reason, I thought of all the fake things in the world. I thought of all the vinyl, plastic, press board, composite decking…you catch my drift. I also thought of all the different ways people try to get heat. Oil, natural gas, kerosene, pellets, electric…you catch my drift again. It’s pretty weird. For thousands and thousands of years, we had one way to get warm. Fire. Now, we have many more.
I’m not sure it’s better this way. I mean, we have a pellet stove and that saves a lot of trouble because I don’t have to go cutting down trees, splitting wood, stacking it and bringing it inside. Now, I just open up a plastic bag and pour pellets in the stove hopper. It sure does save me a lot of time and trouble. With all my extra time, I get to sit at the computer or walk around outside in my slippers with a beer in my hand. Every time I go for a walk in the woods, I think I’m a hero for doing it.
I’m just saying, fire isn’t fake and burning wood for heat isn’t getting out of any work. It’s as pure as you can get. It doesn’t get people depressed because it’s honest and difficult. If we all burned wood for heat, I think we’d be a better people, less spoiled and nicer to one another. I’m not sure how I came up with that, but I think that people who do honest work learn to appreciate where they are a lot more and don’t take things for granted as much.
There, I’m done. Just some quick thoughts.
Here’s a video of tonight’s fire in the fireplace. I’m not sure why there is camera shake because I wasn’t holding it. I had it resting on the fireplace poker.