Sunday, January 10, 2010

Monochrome Weekend: Vol. 2, Issue 20

With morning temperatures in the 20s and highs in the 40s, Tampa is experiencing its own deep-freeze, something we don't see or feel here very often. The minute we get some cold weather, every major grocery store chain begins to sell packaged firewood. Right at the entrance. 6-8 pre-split little logs that fit real well. Neat. Clean. Manageable. ("Honey, could you pick up some cream, a bottle of wine and two packages of firewood, please?) Small stores, such as this place that sells beer and ice, switch over to selling "seasoned" firewood from beat up old wheel barrels. I think this means the oak limbs fell during the summer and they just got around to chopping them up for us fireplace suckers looking for the oak smell during the cold spell. Hey, it works!

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  1. I guess they aren't selling too many of those 10 pound bags of ice! I finally went outside today and chisled the ice out of my bird baths, something I've never had to do before.

  2. Interesting juxtaposition Frank. Ice and fire(wood). Hope your weather improves soon. Freezing and Florida don't go well together at all.

  3. I seem to remember Florida freezing around 1952 - the orange crop was badly hit.

  4. What makes it for me is the contrast between the oak logs and bagged ice; Florida!

  5. I think a real log fireplace is very nice and does smell good, unless everybody in the neighborhood is burning wood and then you can't breathe, which isn't good.

    Our old house, on which we have not yet closed, has a gas fireplace and we used that a lot every winter as it heated up most of the 2100 plus square feet quickly.

    We don't have a fireplace in our new villa and will miss that, especially if these freaking cold spells become "normal."