Part of getting the house ready for the cold season means calling the chimney sweep. People say it's good luck to shake hands with the man in the top hat. So call him we did this week. We insisted on the top hat. It looks so cool and doesn't add to the cost.
One of the most useful items we bought for our house was a modern and highly efficient woodstove. It keeps our little old house cosy and comfy. We all huddle by the fireplace in the mornings and gather there in the evenings to read books. There is something special about having a real fireplace. Maybe something to do with our cave dwelling ancestors...
Last year, over Thanksgiving weekend, a family we know had a terrible housefire because their chimney had not been cleaned for a long time. So if you are planning to use your fireplace this winter maybe this is a good time to have it checked for safety and get a good sweeping.
I am glad I made an appointment with Mr. Lucky last week. He danced on our roof for about 30 minutes. I am not sure where the idea of chimney sweeps bringing good luck comes from. Do you know? I surely feel lucky that our evenings by the fire place will be free of worry!