Adding Fuel To The Fire

When the cold Chicago winter is at its worst, nothing beats a roaring fire to keep the chill away.  Of course, to keep the fire going you need a pile of firewood. Luckily I have a highly sophisticated methodology to alert me when I’m running low on fuel for the fire.


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And by “highly sophisticated” I mean that when the pile is about Eko’s size it’s time to resupply

We caught a bit of a break in the weather so I thought I would put off a resupply run until another day.  My forward thinking associate however did not let me off that easy.  He suggested we prepare ahead of time.

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When he gets that look on his face, there’s no changing his mind

Eko was a hit at the fenced in firewood yard and they were happy to have him sniff out the good stuff.  Then I loaded the car while Eko oversaw the operation. I’m not sure how he’s the one who always gets that gig.

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Although it was tough for Eko to oversee the operation when he couldn’t see over the operation

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Eko was so excited to get a fire going that back at home he tried to come out the same way as the firewood

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I carried the wood while Eko handled quality control

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Eko made one final count  to make sure I brought all the wood inside

I significantly overestimated the amount of firewood we’ll need this winter.  I bought so much I had to create another stack on the other side of the room.  Oh well, I guess we’re covered for next winter too.  And I know at least one guy who won’t shed a tear if we have lots of fires this season.

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We’re ready for winter, and it looks like we prepped just in time.  The cold weather’s rolling back in, but we have more than enough firewood to keep Eko toasty.  And in the event firewood ever becomes a form of currency I will be one of the richest men in Chicago.

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We love lighting the fireplace during the winter too. I did hear that you’re getting some pretty cold weather out there – and then it’s moving on to us, so our fireplace will be crackling soon too. I love the photo of Eko peeking over the wood. 🙂

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