We need to get our fireplace and chimney inspected. Yes, we burn wood every year. No, never have had it swept. Bad, bad, bad.

Our fireplace has 3 panels of fire-whatever it’s called. The back one is cracked near the right side, and only recently we noticed that the left side is worse than that, crumbled and missing pieces, left bottom corner.

I was moving embers around the other day when I noticed something, got a closer look and my spirits sunk to nothingness.

I am grateful that nothing bad has happened and that we got past Christmas without knowing about it. 🙂 But …

No more fireplace. Winter is dull and lifeless and meaningless to me without a fire to tend every day.