Sometimes I let friends as well as family talk me into making decisions that in hindsight seem rash or impulsive. One of the worst instances was with our car. I regretfully bought a 2006 PT cruiser a few years ago when the ad popped up in online searches as well as I showed our siblings as well as parents. How I was talked into buying this ugly beast is beyond our comprehension, but 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 season leisure magazine. Since she had regularly wanted a fireplace all the years she spent living in Canada as a child, she thought it would be a no-brainer. The people I was with and I could save on heating costs while simultaneously adding a source of comfort to our lives, she said. Unfortunately, I don’t think the 2 of us ever considered the factor of sourcing wood. The people I was with and I live in a subdivision with a tiny yard as well as no trees in sight. For a month both of us 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 as well as both of us soon realized our dilemma—we would have to start paying an arm as well as a leg for wood if both of us wanted to use our wood heating system in our severe Winter season weather. Thankfully, a solution presented itself spontaneously. The people I was with and I had a close friend who said they had accidentally bought a pellet burning wood stove instead of a traditional one appreciate both of us had. Our friend lived on 100 acres of woodland as well as had plenty of free wood so he couldn’t fathom wasting money on pellets. But for us, that was the convenience both of us were looking for from the start—we soon found sources online for cheap wood pellets to burn as fuel as well as hastily advocated trading our wood stove with our friend. Now everyone is glad as well as enjoying radiant heat from their own chosen wood stove.