My Goodness Darklings,
We have been having heavy, strong winds blowing in wrenching gusts and long blasts, Thank Goodness no rain, but it makes it very difficult for the fire fighters down south.
Yesterday, I've been watching the leaves fly and roll down the street, and the wind chill is just horrible. I managed to persuade Mr. Rodgers to not walk the dogs today to just keep an eye on them in the back yard. It didn't make sense for him to catch a cold or worse before he and his wife went to see their Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.
Today it is still cold but the wind has died down a lot, so Mr. Rodgers insisted on walking the dogs, and putting on their over coats (on all three) he went off merrily with his charges, who were happy to leave doggie messages to their doggie friends.
Mrs. Rodgers informed me that once Mr. Rodgers gets into a routine, it's hard for him to change, it gives him a certain solidity in his life, I certainly can understand that.
Doyle and I bundled up and went out into the back garden as well as the front yard to see what Damage had been done by the winds, some Christmas lights had come loose which Doyle quickly re-hung and anchored, lots of leaves and smaller tree branches but I'll leave that to my Gardener, but nothing broken which was fortunate considering the strength of the winds. Upon reflection it was a good thing I did not put up T-Rex for Christmas.
This evening we are going to see "A Christmas Carol" performed at a local community theater, and tomorrow we are going back to the Dickens Fair, it pays to be flexible. I invited the Rodgers but they preferred an early bed-time.
Doyle and I had been talking about the Fireplaces, and he suggested that I convert the one in the Family Parlor to be a gas log, that way I could have a fire but not have to worry about a spare the air day, but leave the one in the Formal Parlor as wood burning. It made sense to me, the house is huge and the central heating can only do so much, I open the vents to the unused rooms twice a week to keep any "damp" out, and in the Winter time the heating bill can be brutal, thank goodness for the Trust account my Great Aunt set up, for the maintenance of the house. I told Doyle I needed to look into if putting in a gas fireplace would violate the Trust, I don't think so because I'd preserve the Surround and Mantle, I'll talk with my lawyer, but it would be worth while.
I'm also looking into seeing what novels Barnes and Noble have re-printed in their "Victorian" style to give as gifts to the children in future as well as to add to my collection.
So much to do and take care of.