I like to have my breakfast warming up in front of the stove, thinking, watching the first fire of the day.

The stove top makes my toast and keeps my coffee warm. My laundry is boiling in the washtub, something I read once, about an old woman’s life off-grid as a child. She said it’s the best way to clean your clothes and it’s true. Put the soap in and let the clothes clean themselves! Then the fire dries them.