The South is a great place to be in the winter but payback comes in July and August. I lived in a rural area early in high school. In the summer I would take a 2 mile walk to my Uncle's country store. The store had a wood stove and one of those drink boxes where you put money into a slot and you slid the coke bottle through a track. After it was full, they emptied the container of bottle tops out onto the ground outside the store. The bottle tops became a great paving material.
The painting above is based on memories of what I saw on the walk to the store. I tried to show the warmth because on some of those days the heat shimmered just like on a desert!