Jan's Blog

Keeping the home fires burning

January 11, 2014

I love my job.  Seriously.  My list of loves is lengthy.  I love my nine minute commute to work…I love coming round the corner on Rt. 49 when you catch the first glimpse of Mt. Osceola…I love watching for wildlife (and best of all, seeing wildlife!)…I love the resort casual atmosphere and being able to wear jeans to the office…I love that I’m on a first name basis with most of the people I encounter throughout my work day…I love that we have the opportunity to sneak away from the office to take a few ski runs or laps on the Nordic trails…I love the flexibility… 

Lately I’ve been taking advantage of my job’s flexibility.  During the recent bitter cold snap, I loved that I could leave my office to drive home and stoke my wood burning stoves.  In fact, last Wednesday – an 18 degree day – I drove home at 1 p.m. and discovered both wood stoves cooling with only a few glowing embers.  After the last driving rain storm, the tarps on our wood piles blew back leaving us with wet firewood.  It’s been a struggle to get our wood fires burning well in the morning before we leave for work, and they certainly don’t make it through an eight hour day.  That means coming home to a ch-ch-chilly house when the temps dip into the single digits and below zero.  So, being able to buzz home in the middle of the day and loading the stoves with firewood is such a relief.

If our wood fires go out and we have to start fires, it takes two hours to get our house back up to a reasonable and comfortable temperature (we like it to be 68-70 degrees in our main living area, 55 degrees in the bedroom).

I don’t know how working folks with inflexible jobs would handle this type of situation.  Maybe they just arrive home to really cold houses.  Or, they don’t heat with wood.

In any event, I thank my lucky stars every single day that I have a flexible job that I love in a community that I love with people I love.  And I LOVE that my house is warm when I walk through the door at night.

So much love helps keep the home fires burning!

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About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget. 1-888-987-8333.

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