Occasionally I let friends and family talk myself and others into making decisions that in hindsight seem rash or impulsive. One of the worst instances was with our car. I regretfully purchased a 2006 PT cruiser a few years ago when the ad popped up in online searches and I showed our siblings and parents. How I was talked into buying this ugly beast is beyond our comprehension, however now I’m stuck with it unless I sell it for a loss. Another instance happened when I showed our partner photos of wood stoves in a Winter leisure magazine. Since she had always wanted a fireplace all the years she spent living in Canada as a child, she thought it would be a no-brainer. Every one of us could save on heating costs while simultaneously adding a source of comfort to our lives, she said. Unfortunately, I don’t guess the two of us ever considered the factor of sourcing wood. Every one of us live in a subdivision with a tiny yard and no trees in sight. For a month the people I was with and I were finding scrap firewood by driving to tree farms out in the rural stretch of our city. But the firewood scraps disappeared from the supply on display and the people I was with and I soon realized our dilemma—we would have to start paying an arm and a leg for wood if the people I was with and I wanted to use our wood furnace in our drastic Winter weather. Thankfully, a solution presented itself spontaneously. Every one of us had a close friend who said they had accidentally purchased a pellet burning wood stove instead of a traditional 1 care about the people I was with and I had. Our friend lived on 100 acres of woodland and had plenty of free wood so she couldn’t fathom wasting money on pellets. But for us, that was the convenience the people I was with and I were looking for from the start—we soon found sources online for cheap wood pellets to burn as fuel and abruptly requested trading our wood stove with our friend. Now pretty much everyone is excited and enjoying radiant heat from their own chosen wood stove.