Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fantastic Fall Weekend

It is a glorious autumn morning here at Hundenruhe. The mist rising from the fields muffled the few sounds that could be heard, including the distant honking of geese rising to begin their trek south. As the sun came up, the ridge across from the house burst into color - I just had to get a picture of it, even though the photo doesn't do justice to the brilliant oranges, reds, and golds that struck my eyes. I think this may be our Indian summer, and the last of the warm days before the chilly fall days take over.
We had a wonderful weekend. Friday night was spent sharing yummy pizza in our pajamas, and then toasting marshmallows over a campfire on the patio. Saturday was filled with the usual chores, but also included some time for walkies in the fields, and chatting whilst sitting outside - first on the patio, and later on the new deck. We capped off the day watching the classic "To Kill a Mockingbird" that we had DVR'd earlier. One of my favorite books, the movie was also excellent.
Today we are going to a local orchard for breakfast, and then coming home to bake pies and have a traditional Sunday chicken dinner at home with the pups. Truvy has already had her bath, the coffee is done brewing, dogs are fed, and it's time to wake up Dan to go have some breakfast.
Hundenruhe indeed - peace for people and dogs.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Tentative Success...

Well, the furnace man was out again yesterday and we have some options now for a new boiler.Old houses are kind of funny - they limit your options for replacement - so we only have a couple of options. I am so thankful that we did some refinancing last week (thanks dear husband Dan!!), so we should be able to buy the new boiler.The nice thing is that it will be installed before it gets really cold, so we won't have to all sleep in our coats! I am hoping that it will save us money in the long run because it will be a little more efficient. We're waiting on the estimates now. Geothermal would be such a great thing - eco-friendly, less fuel usage and cost - but it is so cost-prohibitive for the average consumer. The same thing applies to both solar and wind power. My question is this: if these items save money (by a lot!!), then why can't the people who need to save money afford them? Another one of life's mysteries...