It looks like I'm going to be snowed in for a couple of days. Of course, I don't mind at all. I'm looking forward to it!
We already have our Christmas decorations up....except for our tree. That'll go up Saturday! The house looks so comforting when all the indoor Christmas lights are on.
We just got word that our town is looking to heavily restrict and regulate the use of outdoor wood boilers. We have one and under the proposed regulations, the town would have the power to make us turn it off and get rid of it, if they so choose. We're attending a public hearing on the issue soon.
Not only is this giving the local government too much power, but their reasons behind it are totally ridiculous. They say the environmental impact of these boilers is too heavy. Since when is burning wood an environmental hazzard!! God regulated nature itself to burn wood! Man has been burning wood since Adam and Eve needed it after eviction from the garden. They say it's the emissions from the chimneys and that oil is a better fuel to use. Never mind that they're completely ignoring the environmental impact of obtaining, refining, shipping and using fossil fuels! At least we're burning local wood, keeping local loggers in business and carefully managing our own woodlots and removing hazzardous trees and storm-felled trees.
Not one neighbor has complained about the smoke smell. Most people I know actually LIKE the smell of wood smoke. I could go on and on.....
It just irks me that with all the other problems out there and other zoning issues, once again government is picking on the average tax-paying Joe who just wants to afford to live a half-way decent life and take care of his family.