There is a certain peacefulness and reassurance feeling of a fire in a woodstove. The smell and the warmth combined relax me and ease the stress that comes from everything suddenly going wrong...
The kids and I have temporarily moved in to the guest house. Ever since we got home from Thanksgiving travels, everything has decided to malfunction. The heater for the new trailer was taken to the shop for repair. Jamie found a replacement part cheaper than what the repair shop had it for and we'll hopefully have it working within a week. The water heater refused to come back on and then the solar power system started doing strange things. (Thankfully after I got in a good day of sewing!) I was so cold yesterday that I could not keep my hands warm enough to do anything with them. I was so cold that I couldn't think. I ended up putting the kids in the car and driving into Livermore to sit in the warm library for a few hours using their electricity. When I got home, we moved into the guest house so that we could be warm while trying to come up with a plan.
The lesson I have learned this month is that modern RV travel trailers are very reliant on electricity. The oven & stove seem to do ok on only propane, but the fridge, heater and water heater all need electricity to run even though they are propane appliances. I find this rather irritating. I think you all should consider yourselves warned. So, we've got a fix for the heater. Now what do we do about the water heater? I'm not sure. If Shannon and Jamie can both look at the thing and get frustrated, I'm not sure that I could do much better. As far as the electricity goes, I am thinking a generator is a good backup for times like these and am going to go shopping for one as soon as possible. I have a feeling that life will just happen this way whenever I feel like I might have some extra cash soon. Lesson #2 is to have a better emergency fund plan and don't get my hopes up too soon.
So here I am, using Shannon's generator to run my computer and enjoying the comforting warmth of the guest house wood stove. I sure would love to have a wood stove of my own. (I actually am planning to get a small one for my trailer, where I have my studio and the kids' playroom.)