It is cold here in East Tennessee. Chris has been stacking wood on the porch and from the looks of the temps for the next week…we are gonna need it. We have been getting up of a morning and leave together very early. I take Chris to Amanda’s to keep Perrin over there. There are several reasons for this, the driveway is a mess after all the rain and I don’t want any extra cars coming and going than necessary. It is a lot colder at my house of a day and I don’t want Perrin sick. Amanda don’t have to get up super early and drive all the way out to my place to drop Perrin off then drive out again late in the evening and not get home til 7pm or so. It works out good as we are saving a bit on wood usage and Chris can get things done on the internet during the day that he needs to do. Amanda has high speed and with Chris over there, she don’t mind him using it so it works out great. Only bad thing is it puts the dogs being alone for about 10 or more hours. That is not good, but we make sure when we get home to make up for it. Plus they have the weekends with us. Other than Amanda’s for babysitting, we are playing hermit of sorts. We like the seclusion of home and need that right now. We are at a time when we are second guessing everyone’s intentions and with that going on in one’s brain, it is best to spend some time alone so as not to get on other people’s nerves, unintentionally take advantage of others and not cause our stress to bleed out into the lives of others. We cause less trouble this way I suppose. Although I love Winter, I am longing for a hint of Spring, some finality, settlements, stability and knowledge of what is to be. Plus, I crave to see a bit of light past 5pm….without the use of oil lamps. Oh, one thing that is so nice right now, Chris has started placing large flat stones on the heater before bed. He takes them and puts them in the bed before we head that way. It warms the bed so nicely and then we can cuddle up with them for hours, keeping us warm in the night. Does anyone else sleep with rocks for this purpose?