Growing up we always had a fireplace.
I used to spend my winter break sitting in front of the fireplace and reading.
That was my idea of fun. Now, 30 years later, a lot has changed. Our house has a fireplace but we never use it. We just use the forced air furnace. I also rarely have time to read anymore. I don’t think I’ve picked up a book in 2 or 3 years. That all changed when I broke my leg. It was a really bad break and I was on bed rest. I got tired of lying in my bed so my husband helped me into the living room recliner. Then I got to thinking I would like a book and to use the fireplace. It is not safe to use a fireplace that hasn’t been cleaned in God-knows-how-long. So I hired an HVAC company to come out and clean the chimney and make sure it was safe. Now I can watch the fireplace all day long while reading book after book on my electronic reader. I have to say that I have missed this. Even after my leg is healed I plan on spending some me-time reading a good book in front of the fireplace a few times a week. I can’t believe it took us so long to use this fireplace either. It is so warm and comforting. I have to depend on my husband to add wood to the fireplace because I can’t move around. However, it really stays warm all day with just a few pieces of wood.