Thanks Paul for posting and your thoughts! We do have our Jersey milk cow and use her milk and our cheese too! I'm glad my kindred sister Melissa enjoys making meals from scratch as much as I do.
Wish we lived closer to each other.
Thanks for also posting the swing picture. (It's where I am sitting right now typing on my laptop.
I cleaned our stove this morning while the rest of the family was in the barn doing chores. I practically had to beat them off with a stick not to restart the fire in the stove before they left!! Not sure why at a balmy 9 degrees F. outside that they wanted the stove heat!!
Do your lids over the firebox look red on the underside? I'm thinking that the black stove paint has been burned off ... is it rust? Do you repaint or do anything to the under part of the lids? Since I had the cook top left machined instead of painted, I could stove black it ..or just keep oiling it with salad oil as I have been. ( I haven't been doing anything to the underside of the lids.)
Husband, Roger is building a fire in the stove as we 'speak'.
I only have one problem with the stove .... which is the same problem that I have when the coals are red and the campfire has burned down to the hot coals ..... I HAVE to cook something!! The hot stove, or the red coals of the campfire call out to me to use them for cooking!!
I think I will soon have to measure my stove not in how many pounds of coal it uses per day , but how many pounds we gain per day!!