A warm, happy Thanksgiving at the Secret Lair…

I don’t do holidays, as you know. But not all my neighbors agree and so sometimes the holidays kind of reach out and do me.

That came out wrong.

Or did it?

(ahem) Anyway – This year I’ve got one set of full-time neighbors gone to the city to visit family and another set that have taken the pandemic thing very seriously and so are ‘social distancing’ more sincerely than usually. So no invitations this year: I’m on my own in the desert physically but – happily – not in spirit.

Check this out…


Neighbor S left this with me. I left it in Ian’s fridge yesterday and plugged it in on his counter this morning on my way home from my morning walkie.


Aw, yeah. I’m gonna make some mashed potatoes, open a can of corn and get down. Don’t even have to share it with a dog*.

Came with some truly kick-ass pumpkin bread, too. I won’t eat it all in one sitting, but I will eat rather more and better than usual this afternoon.

Days have been in the seventies and nights in the high thirties or forties for the past two weeks, so early winter has not been much of a factor through the last half of November. But the past two mornings have been cooler, so I’m trying to remember how best to take the chill off the Lair in the morning…


This morning I played the hedonist – didn’t wake up till six, then cranked the thermostat to 60 and went back to sleep for an hour. Woke up feeling like half the day was gone already, but didn’t have any problem prying myself out of bed.

I’ve been working on ways to get some of the main cabin’s heat…


…into the bedroom, which the woodstove isn’t much help with. This morning I finally went out and got my 6′ ladder so I could flip the switch on the big ceiling fan…


…to hopefully circulate some of that heat that’s wasted on the old sleeping loft down and around where it’ll do some good. Between that, the heat-powered fan…


…and the bedroom ceiling fan…


…it did have some effect.


Slowed down the battery charging a little, though. The 12-volt bedroom fan is very low-wattage but my old scrounged main cabin fan is not. In fact I’m thinking of replacing it with one like the bedroom has. It gets a lot of use in summer but I sometimes want to use it in winter during times when that would constitute battery abuse even with my bigger, better system.

Either way, air circulation is an obvious solution to the issue of how poorly the woodstove heats the bedroom – exactly the sort of solution I sort of conditioned myself early to never think about because it uses electricity in ways that really weren’t designed for use with lead/acid batteries. But it definitely works better than not doing it.

Anyway – I really hope you guys are enjoying your holiday no matter what anybody says you should be doing with it.

And remember…


*The other possible interpretation of that is I don’t have a dog to share it with, a bad thing, but let’s look for the silver lining. Mine. All mine!

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15 Responses to A warm, happy Thanksgiving at the Secret Lair…

  1. Mike says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Joel.

  2. coloradohermit says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Joel! Looks like you’re going to have a nice one.

    With DH gone, I was actually looking forward to not having to do holidays this year. I’m going to some friends’ house to have kielbasa in bbq sauce. Good company, no drama and no hassle doing traditional cooking.

  3. Mark Matis says:

    Hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    That sure looks like a fine meal(s). Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. That beats turkey any day. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. paulb7188 says:

    Happy turkey day. Never know when dogs come into your life. Have a good one

  7. Phil says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Joel, you are truly blessed in many ways that may not occur to you.

  8. Bob W says:

    Thanks for keeping your blog up. It’s almost always the first site I read. Happy thanksgiving!

  9. anonymous says:

    Happy Thanksgiving sir – I hope the rest of the year goes well too.

  10. Tennessee Budd says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Joel! Be as hedonistic as you like.

  11. Phssthpok says:

    https://tinyurl.com/1duct
    +
    https://tinyurl.com/casefan01
    =
    12vdc targeted air re-locator thingummy

    Put the fan in the loft to push the air down into the room, or make a manifold for the stovepipe (using an old #10 food tin and some creativity?) and have the fan draw the air into the room.

    Works a treat! Best friends dad did something similar to move heat from their living room (where the woodstove was) to the family room located BEHIND the garage that sided the living room.

  12. SLee says:

    Looks tasty! Happy Thanksgiving.

  13. mbumgua says:

    Happy thanksgiving!!

  14. Norman says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Joel

  15. Midwestmike says:

    Glad you were able to enjoy the day. Looks like you have a lot to be thankful for. Hope the winter is a mild one.

To the stake with the heretic!