All is well

All is well.  Really.  Thank you for caring about us.

The laundry marathon has begun.  I was gone for 6 hours today while Steve aired out the house some more.  I am on load 5 of laundry.

The worst effect of the chimney fire is that it has kicked up my asthma.  I have had 3 asthma attacks in 24 hours.  I am resting as much as possible, taking my meds and doing ok.  It does make me more tired than normal.   I expect to be feeling much better tomorrow.

All of the bedding on my bed is freshly washed and dried,  so tonight I should sleep better.

To answer some questions:

We do the chimney sweeping thing twice a year already.  We are looking into some other preventative measures to make sure we stay safe.

My late husband and I once had a chimney fire and the fire department put water down the chimney, which cracked the chimney brick and liner.  We had to replace the entire thing and it cost a bundle….. financially and time and mess.  This is why I was reluctant to call the local volunteer fire company.  If it had been worse, I would have made the call.

Someone asked if the fireplace is a wood stove or insert.  No and no.  Just a fireplace, but it opens on 2 sides.  And the mesh screen is just that… mesh.  There are no glass doors or anything on it to shut off the air.

Off to do more laundry…. but again, thank you for all of your kind thoughts.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Beth
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 00:14:00

    Glad you answered some of the questions… but you should really see about a chimney brush and do some cleaning between the professional visits.

    Also the kind of wood you burn will build up creosote, that is the stuff that stick in the chimney and catches on fire. Those funky logs don’t really do the trick…

    It might be more cost effective for you to redo your fire place… and put a ‘wood stove’ in. You would get better heat for the wood and more control of the fire and in an emergency …. maybe even some cooking. The $$ you spend will be saved in laundry, time, fright and wood!


  2. threadtales
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 10:02:04

    So glad everything is well…we had a chimney fire once and it was the sound of it that scared me to death! Like a freight train running through the house!

    TG you are okay.



  3. freda1951
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 10:31:00

    Glad everyone is all right.


  4. Gretchen
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 15:39:51

    So glad you are both OK and your home is safe once more. Three asthma attacks in one day! Yikes! I have asthma since I was a child. It can really knock you down. I hope you have a nebulizer to help deliver your meds. Take care!


  5. AllenQuilts
    Dec 23, 2010 @ 11:08:51

    Glad y’all are ok! I found your photos very interesting…I did wonder what a chimney fire looked like.


  6. BeckyP
    Dec 23, 2010 @ 14:33:19

    I am so glad you are safe and sound and back to good health!! Take care and get some doors on the fireplace!!


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