I wrote yesterday about how much I enjoyed having the windows open during the day.

It was a wonderful treat, considering how miserably hot the summer was.

Now, don't get me wrong, I LOVE warm weather and I do NOT, do NOT , do NOT like being cold, but this past summer was just awful with an unbearable combination of record-breaking temps (50+ consecutive days of 100+ temps) combined with a 100 year drought. I don't like it hot and I don't like it cold; I guess you can say I'm sorta' like Goldilocks when it comes to the weather!

Because of the hot and dry summer we've been in a burn ban for many months now and since we live in a rural area we usually do quite a bit of burning. We pay for once a week garbage removal, but branches, shrubs, trees, and leaves (oh - do we have leaves) just get burned. And since we recently took down one fence and moved it near the street, we have more than the usual amount of branches, brush, and "stuff" to burn. I gotta' admit it - the cozy little cabin hasn't been looking too spiffy with brush piles all over the place.

But then yesterday I saw a beautiful sight. No, not the beautiful autumnal trees here in east TX,

See how most of the State is in a burn ban? It is desperate here, folks. But, but, but our little county is NOT in red! The burn ban was lifted yesterday and I did dances and whoops and all kinds of celebrating because I was SO EXCITED! I called our county judge's office to make sure. Yep - the County Commissioners had lifted ban yesterday morning. Oh the rejoicing Peggy (judge's secretary) and I did over the phone!

So you know what we did when my husband came home. . . we burned, baby, burned! The trash barrel got torched. The campfire pit got set ablaze. And more brush was added to it throughout the evening. Of course we had the water hose at the ready - - - and wet down the tree canopy which is most likely pretty darn dry. But we got rid of a sizable amount of brush and I am just so excited! Oh we still have plenty to burn, but it was so nice to be able to make a start!

And guess what? During the night we got the tiniest amount of rain which is supposedly a prelude to a good thunderstorm later on today. Here's hoping and praying the weathermen are right because Thanksgiving just isn't Thanksgiving without a campfire in the evening!

Rejoicing right here in the cozy little cabin in my neck of the woods!



  1. Vera
    I just popped over from Cladia's blog because I saw that you too live in a little cabin. I love what you've done with your home. It is so warm and cozy looking.
    I see you live way down south. Well, I live way up north. But I think we both share a love for nature and cabin living. I look forward to stopping by again-Kimberly

  2. I hear ya! Tennessee was hot too, it's warm today, some rain in the area, love your cabin...that's my way of life too...Mel's Designs from the Cabin

  3. Wonderful JOY~
    I don't live far from you--
    Driving this morning thru Kaufman County-- I saw some construction workers burning some brush they had cleared off and wondered if they had the Fire Dept. permission or if it had been lifted?
    I drove thru 3 counties this morning going down to Palestine-- the Trees were all gorgeous! And got rained on in every county.
    We had a really good soakin' when we got home too.

    The weather fills wonderful. Thanks for posting this map, I'm going to check it out for myself.
    We do lots of outdoor burning too-- when it's legal/safe. {smile}


  4. Our summer was unbearably hot! It was my first summer here and it made me wish I was back in my beloved mountains of TN. But, now it's cooler. We've had a couple days of rain and it drops into the twenties tonight. My kind of weather!!

  5. Love your new look. The picture with your hubby is so cute. I just switched out mine with my hubby. I felt bad making him visit all the blogs with me, hah.
    Thanks for commenting on my post. The skirt is a corduroy. She is a styling one. My kids all trade their clothes and toys with each other and other people. So they have quite a wardrobe.
    Now the one in the post before this one dresses herself.......sometimes it is a bit embarassing, hah.
    Have a great week-end.

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