Sunday, January 6, 2013

A Crackling Fire

Summertime campfires and bonfires are lots of fun. Who doesn't like sitting around the fire roasting marshmallows, eating smores and telling ghost stories or singing songs? Many good memories are made around a campfire.

Still, nothing compares to a warm fire on a cold night. Add a cozy blanket, a steaming cup of hot chocolate, and a snowstorm outside of your window and it's a recipe for a wonderful evening.

 And what were stockings invented for but for fireplaces. Yes, I've had many a Christmas in a house without a fireplace. We've had to get creative with stocking placement.

We like to pull the coffee table close to the fire and break out a board game. Parcheesi or Sorry anyone? There is a 1000 piece puzzle awaiting our next fire. Last Sunday night we sat around the fire, each reading a book.

The fireplace in our cabin is used for heating and, while the one at our house is mostly for show, it has come in handy. There was one cold, cold winter night when our furnace went out. We only had Brian at the time. We built a roaring blaze in the fireplace, brought down lots of blankets and pillows and had a slumber party in the living room.
One of my favorite memories is from when we first moved into our house. It was New Year's Day and the Wisconsin Badgers were in the Rose Bowl. We had the fireplace going all day long. By the time the Badgers won, a blizzard was roaring outside of the window. 

Do you have a fireplace? What do you like about it? Any favorite memories?


  1. I love sitting by the woodstove in our hunting shack and can't wait to get one in our new house. Excellent memories, Liz!

  2. We heat our house with a wood stove, the kind with the glass front door. I've lived my whole life with a fireplace/wood heat of some kind, and I can't imagine not. It's the best heat, and I think watching a fire burn has had the same mesmerizing effect since the beginning of time. (Well, after cold winters came along. Haha!) Love it!

  3. Your fireplace looks so cozy! We heated with wood for many years. The house we're in now has a gas fireplace. I enjoy it and it's great to have a place to hang stockings, but I miss the crackle of a real fire. Great post, Liz!


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