You know, with all my complaining about the work on the house we did over the last year, I just wanted to pause for a moment and say how grateful I am that we did it. Last night the windchill outside got down past 20 below, and a lot of houses in the area lost their power due to high winds. While our house didn't lose power (thankfully), I wasn't dreading a loss if it did occur. Our wood stove was cranking out the BTUs, and I knew we would have been fine, no matter what. It all sort of hit me at once--how all the work we did on the house was to be prepared for situations just like last night.
I think that's one of the reasons I really like living in Maine, if that makes sense. I can put in all sorts of work to something that I can see very tangible benefits to later on. I'm not a big gardener, but getting my house ready for winter is probably a close feeling to that. You put in all the hard work, and then you can enjoy that hard work for months after.
Next year, I just need to make sure I stack the wood earlier. I had it--just didn't stack it. It didn't season as much as would have been good. Silly Bryce.