Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Chaos Theory


John has opened up a hole on the living room wall to install a kerosene heater as backup to the fireplace, A very cold winter is predicted and, though we have quite a store of wood, one never knows . . . 


The dogs and cats don't like the commotion and the mess.  It doesn't bother me because for the moment I feel no compulsion to vacuum and can concentrate on freezing squash and canning tomatoes and applesauce.


And I find myself pondering a spam comment left on one of the older posts on my blog:

Lots of companies that are well establish may not provide as good of service as you may expect. Instead of courting athlete's foot, you should at least try to train your ferret to use a litter box.


 

13 comments:

Ms. A said...

Surprised the kittehs and dogs don't think that's a doggie door!

Martin Hodges said...

Be prepared! Especially if a cold spell is predicted. And don't let ferrets near your feet, for goodness sake.

June said...

A person could get a lot of pondering out of that comment.

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Good for you all getting set for a cold winter! Ferrets and athletes foot, oh my!

Carol Crump Bryner said...

A thought worth pondering, indeed. If a ferret using a litter box and whatever that might have to do about athlete's foot could keep me from worrying about the vacuuming, I might go there too.
I find your kittehs and dogs endlessly amusing.

Frances said...

Spam almost reaches poetry. Almost can be quite a long distance.

You all are wise to get prepared for winter now. I see that kitties are on patrol, but expect that sleeping dogs are still stretched out dreaming.

I do think that dogs dream.

xo

katy gilmore said...

The kitteh looks like she is saying, thinking, "what ferret? the woman has a ferret? what next!"

Jim Egerton said...

I ferreted out a cure for my Athletes foot. Clorox Soft Scrub with a brush. Worked like a charm.

Your wonderful cats and dogs will also enjoy a warm place to curl up to when it gets chilly outside.

jennyfreckles said...

All could be summed up in the Boy Scouts' motto: Be prepared.

Tammy said...

Hi Vicki,

Just curious as to why you chose kerosine as a backup? I heat entirely with wood but want to get an alternate back up for when I'm not home in case the fire dies out. Am pondering what is safest as well as most cost effective, so thought I would ask what steered you in that direction.

Thanks!
Tammy

Vicki Lane said...

Tammy, I'll ask my husband and get back to you. Off the top of my head, I'd say that the Monitor heater is safe, quiet, and fuel efficient. Down side is that it requires a little electricity to run so is no good during power outages. It's not like the free-standing kerosene heaters that are a bit dangerous -- but will run w/o power. If set very low, just enough to keep the pipes from freezing, a monitor uses very little fuel.

Vicki Lane said...

Tammy, John said that when we installed our first Monitor, kerosene was much cheaper than LP gas or electricity. That may have changed, re LP but we have no place to put a large LP cylinder. The Monitor is highly efficient. It is no longer made (we found a refurbished one) but the Laser is virtually the same thing.

Tammy said...

Thanks Vicki! I appreciate the information. It's hard to make a decision! Hopefully wood will always be my primary, but it's a good idea to have some sort of backup in case I were to be incapacitated for a time in the winter and couldn't do the manual labor involved....plus as I said for when I'm gone. Thank you again!

Tammy