I threw another piece of wood on the fire. It was some leftover wood from last year’s hurricane that had blown down during the storm. The red pines that came down around here were huge old trees, but growing in sand a lot them just tipped over.
Back in the cabin, the woodstove hasn’t been used in months. I think back to all the winter nights when I really would have liked to see the fire. But my stove doesn’t have any glass in it, just a big black box. A little bit of light is nice when the sun goes down at five in the afternoon.
Most nights this summer have too hot to bother with a fire, even outside. The heat coming off the fire mixed with the stagnant humid air is just not too enjoyable. The only thing making up for it is the late evening swims to cool off before bed. And that’s a far cry from getting up three times a night to stoke the fire.