Saturday, November 1, 2014

My Old Friends....

 Are you kidding me??  I have to dig out my old friends, the snow shovel and the beat up broom. These are my pieces of snow removal equipment. LOL  It snowed some last night, thankfully it did not stick around. There were ice spots and frozen leaves on the porch this morning.
 You know we talk about it , read about it, and see it on the weather reports, but we are still shocked when the snow and cold arrive. Brr.
Last night we  had a small fire in the fireplace. It was so nice and toasty. Now,  I want to tell you about fire starters. Nana Diana knows  all about these already...she is always in the know. !!
   Take a small Dixie cup, fill with saw dust and wood shavings, melt old candle wax or paraffin and add to the sawdust mixture. Add the wax till it's at the top of the sawdust mixture.  That's it ! You may have a bit of money in cups, but you are using old bits of candles and sawdust. So cheap. These are the best fire starters going.
 As you can see ,we have bought  boxes of starters from the store before . We reuse these boxes to hold our starters. You just nestle a fire starter into your wood that you plan to burn. Light the cup edge. The wax makes it ignite quickly and the sawdust makes it burn long enough to start the wood burning.  If you do these , please use common sense. The cup has to be in the fireplace when lighting.  We assemble these in our shop.
 Stay warm today.  XO




37 comments:

  1. Can I trade some old candle wax for more fire starters?

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    1. Kathy, Bring those candles when you come down .:):) You know we have a box of starters for you. It snowed after I spoke with you on the phone . LOL. I told you to keep that cold stuff up there. So go to your room young lady...don't forget a nice cappuccino and magazine. LOL Hope you have some fun today sweetheart. Love you, Mommy

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  2. I so miss having a fireplace. Great idea

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    1. Ann, These would make nice gifts for people with fireplaces. I prefer gas logs...but this wood burning has saved on our fuel bills so much. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  3. Good tip, but our fireplaces are gas ones.

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    1. Thank you for visiting. As I told Ann, if you can make these, they make great gifts for people who have fireplaces. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  4. I want a fire pit. It's been snowing in GA. Not here but close by. I can't believe

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    1. I was shocked to hear it snowed in Ga. My brother lives in Alabama... I think he was having some icy conditions. Stay warm, xoxo,Susie

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  5. Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog! Yes, I agree it is always a shock when the first snow comes and ours came a month early!

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    1. Penny, I will visit again. I was clinging to fall so much..But hey, today the sun is shining and I am loving it. xoxo,Susie

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  6. Nothing stuck here either, Susie, it was really like heavy white rain. I felt so sorry for the trick or treater's. We only gave away half a bowl of candy.

    This is a great idea for firestarters. I don't have any sawdust though. We had a great fire last night, too. This is the perfect weather if anything!

    Jane xx

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    1. Blondie, It was sad for the little kids. Maybe if you know a woodworker he/she could safe you a bag of sawdust/shavings. I know you or your husband could make these They really are the best for making a nice fire in your fireplace. Hope you use creosote logs...they burn super hot and keep the creosote from building up in your chimney. I just want you safe. The older I get , it seems the more I act like every body's mommy...please don't take offence . Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  7. I've seen this idea before. It's so clever. I didn't know if it really worked, but I guess it does since you use it. I don't have a fireplace, so no chance of trying it out.

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    1. Kathy, As I said these are the best. Ted has got many people making these now. They are also good for campfires. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  8. Hi Susie (:) Oh nothing better then a warm fire a going..
    hugs.Patty

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    1. Patty, Today turned out very nice....low wind and the sun has shone all day long...I have loved it. I went out for a while. take care. xoxo,Susie

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  9. We don't have snow yet. Seems to be all around us. That Diana is one smart cookie.

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    1. Debby, I thought you were for sure going to get snow....can you believe how much snow in N.C. and GA.? LOL Diana is a smart one. Love that girl., don't you? xoxo,Susie

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  10. We don't have snow yet. Seems to be all around us. That Diana is one smart cookie.

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  11. Great idea with the fire starters. We chose not to have a fireplace in this house, but I would like to have a fire pit one of these days.

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    1. Hi, thank you for stopping by. You could use those fire starters in campfires and fire pits too. Hope you didn't get snow. xoxo,Susie

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  12. This is such a good idea. I will make some for the fire pit outside through the winter and have them ready to go for next year! Thanks! Snow? What's that?

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    1. Tete, Those will work for you in fire pits or campfire also. Today was so pretty here. Not as bad as yesterday. The sun was out all day, the wind was low...so not near a nippy. I went in and out all day...just trying to soak it up. I may have to take a vacation this winter...dreading a long gray winter. Bless you Tete. I have missed you. xoxo,Susie

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  13. There were a few inches of snow in NC today and we had some pretty cool temps for Florida. Keep the fire going and stay warm! Sweet hugs, Diane

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    1. I was shocked about the snow in NC.. I never think of that as a snow state. :) Hope you still can enjoy being outside there. xoxo,Susie

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  14. That is a good idea with the firestarters. I've read something like that. We use to buy them (like you said), but a few years ago we had our wood burning fireplace converted to gas. For us it was the best thing we ever did. It had just gotten to hard for us to burn the wood anymore.
    So sorry you had snow..I am not looking forward to that either.

    Blessings,
    Gert

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    1. Gert, I prefer gas logs truly. If I moved back to town that is exactly what I would have. Wood burning is work and dirty. A constant job cleaning. xoxo,Susie

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  15. brrrr...SNOW...I'm NOT ready for any of that cold, white stuff...actually, I don't mind it if I don't have to drive on it.

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    1. BJ, I only like snow in the mountains. LOL... I hate to think of anyone driving in it. xoxo,Susie

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  16. snow! Yikes, already. We have been having a lot of wind and rain, rain, rain, it's still quite warm here. I'm soing to fix me up some of those fire starters, genius.

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    1. Joanne, If you can have wood shaving mixed with the saw dust that makes the fire starters better. Leave it loose in the Dixie cup before pouring the wax in. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  17. Those fire starters look great..I no longer have a fireplace..Good that you dig out the old folks..I'm sure they appreciate it..Happy Sunday

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    1. Missy, These fire starters work better than the store bought ones. It's amazing. Hope you have a good weekend, xoxo,Susie

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  18. It is snowing here as I write this. I am amazed at how people around here act so surprised when it snows. News flash! It snows in New England.
    I want to thank you for your continued support.

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    1. Have you ever notice how people seem to forget how to drive from one snow season to the next. LOL. Sure hope you notice some improvement this coming week. Bless you, xoxo,Susie

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  19. Susie,
    This sounds like an easy way to keep the fire burning during those cold winter nights. The frozen leaves on your porch must be so pretty. I know you probably don't want the snow to come so early, but I love to see the snow, as I don't get to see it much where I live. If we go high up in the mountains, about an hour away, I will get to see it, but where I live, no snow. That's why I love to see the snow through my blog friends.

    Have a nice Sunday, Susie.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Sheri, These fire starters really do help. During the winter , we usually try to keep the fire going. But once in a while as winter is just starting we will only have small fires in the morning or evening. I wish I only saw snow in the mountains. LOL I remember wishing for snow days growing up....and freezing our butts off. LOL. Then when I had to drive to work..i never like driving in snow or ice. Now I just hate worrying about others out in it. My Mommy genes make me worry. Can't help myself. I know that we are to let the Lord take over when we worry. It's ahard. Bless you, xoxo,Susie

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