Monday, September 07, 2009

It's a Start!

One of the first things we built, when we moved out here 23 yrs ago, was a permanent block fire-pit. Trimming back all the fast-growing brush on our property gives us a never-ending supply of firewood. We enjoyed this free activity, often accompanied by family and friends, for 20 yrs.

We had to dismantle our fire-pit, 3 yrs ago, to make room for our garage. We fully intended to re-build the fire-pit. Unfortunately we've had several home repairs, like digging in a new powerline to the house, which have torn up our yard. We've been slowly working at re-landscaping those areas and trying to find a new perfect place to build our fire-pit.

Yesterday I got sick of waiting. While on a supply run to Menards, I bought a 30 inch portable fire-pit. When I got home, I told the guys that I had a surprise in the back of the truck. They were THRILLED, and immediately assembled it. Last night, after dinner, we got a wheelbarrow full of wood from our woodpile, dusted off the lawn chairs, and enjoyed our first fire in over 3 yrs. This new, frivolous purchase lifted all of our spirits immensely! My guys say it's the best $100 I've ever spent.


At 9/07/2009 11:37 AM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

Woo-hoo! Good for you. Enjoy!

At 9/07/2009 2:23 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

It was soooo relaxing WC! ;)

At 9/07/2009 2:26 PM, Blogger Jeannie said...

You must have heard me dreaming! I've been wanting an "approved" wood fire all summer! I crave it. My hubby too I think - he's planning a wood oven for our place in Belize.

At 9/07/2009 2:35 PM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

There's something primal and comforting about sitting around a fire. We've got a portable fire pit at home too, for the times when we can't make it to the beach for a bonfire. I need to sit around a fire. *sigh* Still feeling poorly, hoping it will pass soon.

At 9/07/2009 4:29 PM, Blogger Squirl said...

What a wonderful way to enjoy yourselves! Good move. :-)

At 9/08/2009 3:54 PM, Blogger tweetey30 said...

I swore I commented here earlier today.. Yikes where is my mind going. when I dont remember where I have and havent... LOL.. Looks like fun. We had two while my parents were here after dark when we finished our chores for the day. it was rough with them here as always but we got the job done..

At 9/08/2009 6:42 PM, Blogger Gardenia said...

Oh cool, so cool! Er - I mean hot! Worth every penny - a crackling fire is as soothing as a beach!

At 9/08/2009 8:08 PM, Blogger Cherie said...

YAY!! We have an old truck wheel - a BIG truck - that we use for a fire pit. Works like a charm and bring such happy times. Good for you, TSHS!! Enjoy your Minnesota campfire.

At 9/08/2009 10:14 PM, Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

Good for you for thinking of it. I love to sit around a fire. Enjoy!

At 9/09/2009 1:50 PM, Blogger zydeco fish said...

In Toronto, I think you'd need a permit for that thing :-(

At 9/11/2009 1:33 AM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Yeah! You gotta have fire.

There's something primal about fire. Fire is also bonding. It's a bonding experience to gather around the fire.

At 9/11/2009 7:23 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Jeannie, I totally understand. We've all been craving a fire for 3 yrs. Enough is enough! ;)

VV, I know! Nothing mellows us out like watching glowing embers and crackling flames.
Feeling better? I had a bout with some kind of wicked flu a couple of weeks ago. Not fun!

Squirl, thanks! I'm rather proud of my family "surprise". ;)

Gardenia, flames and waves are so hypnotic.

Cherie, simple pleasures are the best, aren't they?

Grizz, my guys are still complimenting me on my "brilliant" move. It's nice to be appreciated.

ZF, that's one of the advantages of living in an unincorporated township. As long as the flames are lower than 6 ft, we're good to go. Any bigger than that, we need a burning permit.

ZS, you already know about my fire fetish, so it's not surprising that I was going into withdrawal. I guess I'm just a primal being at heart. ;)

Everybody, you're ALL invited to join us around the fire ANY time you're in the neighborhood!

At 9/17/2009 10:33 AM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

Where you at? I keep checking but you're not posting.

At 9/17/2009 4:14 PM, Blogger tweetey30 said...

I have to agree with VV where are you?? I hope everything is alright..

At 9/17/2009 6:33 PM, Blogger SME said...

Yay! Looks like fun - I haven't sat by the fire for quite some time. Miss that smoky smell in my clothes.

At 9/20/2009 10:05 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

VV and Tweets, I've been smoldering in frustration. ;)

SME, I wish I would've bought this before you and Doug were here. You could've gone home with smoky clothes. ;)

Troll, 1) Wood is NOT a fossil fuel!
2) Wood that is left to "naturally" rot has been proven to release the same amount of greenhouse gases as burning the wood.
3) I frequently BBQ over a wood fire. That's one of the reasons I bought this particular fire-pit...I have an old grill grate that will fit over the fire.

At 9/21/2009 4:00 AM, Blogger Vest said...

dipGo back to school IGGS. wood creates green house gasses you haggard old fossil.
I note you still have the same old bunch of retarded semi retired old wankers and degenerates trolling this DIY, Garage building goons blog.
Most of these callers on this weary old blog have sod all else to do with their wasted lives and living on the public purse.
Why dont you all get off your bums and clean up the stinking mess around you, do something useful to help yourselves your famllies and your rotten to the core country -from going down the gurgler.


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