Oddly enough, one of the main things I wanted to make sure we had in a house when we moved here was a fireplace. Not just any fireplace, a wood burning fireplace. Well I got my wish and as it’s creeping into the winter months up here it’s, well, COLD. Granted, the native Oregonians might disagree with me but to a Texas girl, it’s cold. Three things I have learned since it turned colder:
- The wardrobe of a Texas female doesn’t translate to the necessary wardrobe of an Oregon female. Not even close.
- My 4 sweaters that I owned prior to moving here might as well be sheer because they are NOT heavy enough. And more importantly there aren’t enough of them.
- Never. And I mean NEVER leave home without your raincoat/rainboots/umbrella.
- BEHOLD! OUR FIRST FIRE!
A few weeks ago I called a chimney sweep to come out and clean our fireplace to make sure we were set and ready to go with our fires. He arrived yesterday morning (GREAT guy…if you’re in Portland and need a chimney sweep, message me–I highly recommend him). Around 2 p.m. yesterday afternoon, so did a forest. Not really, but a woman should never be in charge of ordering firewood.
- 1/2 cord of firewood = enough for an army!
- The monstrosity that took me 4 hours to stack.
I ordered our wood from City Light Firewood. They’re a local company with good prices so I said what the hay! I ordered a 1/2 cord and two bundles of kindling. I figured, if it’s too much wood, we’ll just use it next year. No big deal. I even researched how much wood that was–reaffirming the fact that I have NO concept how big something is by a measurement. I read (when stacked) that it would measure 4 ft long by 2 feet high by 2 feet wide. LIES. COMPLETE LIES. I’ve never seen so much wood in one place. AND they just dumped it in the driveway! It took me almost 4 hours after work to stack it all by myself. One thing is for certain, I am not built for manual labor.
- Me with my fire!
So after all of the stacking was finished, I finally got to build my first fire. Side note, we now have four, yes four, HUGE piles of wood. I had a little trouble getting the wood to light because it was damp but it was nothing a little fire starter couldn’t fix! I know it’s cheesy but I had to get a picture of me with my fire. I was so excited! I built it all by myself!
- Loretta Cornbread
Turns out Miss Loretta likes the fire too! She laid there all night long just purring away! I had a Meg Ryan movie marathon. Put my cell phone and iPad away. You’ve Got Mail. Check! When Harry Met Sally. Check! It was a great evening! Looking forward to many more where that came from!
- Loretta Cornbread and William Woods
Meet our new addition! Miss Loretta Cornbread Bryant came to live with us about a month ago. We adopted her from the Oregon Humane Society here in Portland. Some of you may know, most of you do not, that our Avey cat passed away on the airplane on the way to Portland. He had heart disease and his little ticker just couldn’t handle the stress. Losing him was a horrific experience. I was so thankful that my mom happened to be flying with me (William was already in Portland). I was a mess but would have been much worse had I been alone.
We lived for several weeks without a kitty in our house. It is a strange feeling though to be used to another beating heart in the house. I would be at home by myself and would have such an overwhelming feeling of loneliness. Avey was my constant companion for so long. He and I bonded quickly once he finally came to live with us. It felt all wrong to be there without him. It felt even worse to know how close he came to making it here. Our landlord was kind enough to let us bury him in our backyard. We visited the Humane Society once and left without a new pet…I guess we weren’t ready yet. When we went back the second time, Miss Loretta stole our hearts. We watched her picture on their website for several days until Saturday rolled around. I actually had sent a few pictures of kitties to my wonderful sister-in-law and my almost 3 year old niece had picked Loretta out of the line up and chosen her as her favorite. (I can’t wait or the two of them to meet!!)
- Loretta on her leash. Crazy cat actually likes this!
She has such a funny personality. She has been perfect for us and learned quickly her role with each of us. Snuggle and love on me, play with him. Ha! I still miss my little guy Avey though. Such a funny thing how attached we can get to our pets. Loretta is no different–she’s got us wrapped around her…tail I guess would be the way to finish that statement in an animal’s context? I’m not quite sure. She sports a brown and white houndstooth collar (subliminal Alabama shout out) and is READY FOR FOOTBALL SEASON. She’s an Alabama fan, she already told me. None of this playing Switzerland stuff for her. She’s going to straight up cheer for my Tide.
Here’s to a long life for this little lady who has stolen our hearts!
- Us girls on our way home from the Humane Society.