Seven Thousand Feet in May

cat by wood stove


Building fires is still a thing here. Callie the Wonder Cat is no dummy, although she’ll sit there sometimes when the Ashley’s cold. Cargo cult cat voodoo: if I lie here, heat will come. Oh that Ashley. I used to read the original Whole Earth Catalog when I was plotting my escape to northwest Arkansas. That was probably before you were born. The section on wood stoves was full of hippies in Taos, New Mexico heating their adobe huts or old school buses with Ashley stoves, and I guess I never forgot. Maybe I should have, but I can almost get a stump in ours.

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  • Rita May 5, 2018, 1:38 PM

    I had an Ashley! And put stumps in it! In Arkansas.

    • Catherine Naylor May 6, 2018, 1:48 PM

      Brings back Taos memories. I had a “fire stove.” Had to go with the fellows up into the woods to cut down the wood to fit in the fireplace and that iron stove.
      Hard to believe now that I lived that way!!

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