I love it when a plan comes together!
Got home and hurried! With the change back from Daylight Savings, I only have about 45 minutes until dark now. Grab the leaf blower and went outside (beautiful day, BTW. 65 degrees F. and sunny!) Made quite the dust storm as I blew the ashes out of the chiminea. After I was pretty positive I got most of the ash out, blew off the patio (it will only last an hour or so... I still have maybe 1/4 of my leaves up on the trees. I hope they come down before the first big snow.)
Then I laid the chimnea on the grass and took in the stand. Then I carried in the chiminea (sorta). Some carry, some roll on the tile with the round bottom. Hey the things probably got 50 pounds of gravel in the bottom, plus all that thick clay. It ain't easy, folks!
So, as soon as I had it in place, I put in a thick bath towel over the gravel. Last winter when I brought it in, Scruffy immediately jumped inside, laid down and claimed it as his "lion den" so I wanted to prevent at least some of the soot mess I had to deal with back then.
For dinner I made Lu's old recipe for leftover turkey: cut up chunks of turkey, two cans of Veg-all, one jar of turkey gravy, all mixed together and put in a deep dish pie shell. Topped it with the other pie shell, crimped the edges (I brushed the top with an egg wash, but that's just me) and baked it.
I ate about half of it laying down, resting my poor back. Took some laundry downstairs and yep, sure enough, Scruffy was there, sleeping in the chiminea...