Thursday, February 3, 2011
The Day After the Blizzard
This lesson taught me a lot about our needs. We need warmth, but I noticed this morning, that I was comfortable in the 64 degree house. I didn't need the house at 68 degrees to be comfortable. I'm not saying I won't always want the house at 64 degrees, but how much money could we save by even turning the furnace down 2- 4 degrees? Plus, I also learned that our fireplace can heat the house if needed. We have lost power here before for a significant period of time and it is comforting to know that we have a fireplace to keep us warm even if we lose power (there is a way to start it without power, but don't ask me how to do it...that is my hubby's job). I am also so thankful that this didn't happen during the raging blizzard just the day before. It wouldn't have been as easy to get a repairman and the wind would have made it much harder to keep our home warm.
How many people in our community can't afford to run their furnace whenever they want? How many children are cold at night when they go to bed? I was shocked that our children never woke up this morning complaining of being cold. I don't even think they would have noticed if we hadn't told them the furnace wasn't working. Tonight, as I sit in my warm house, I am thinking of those who are cold in their own homes and cold outside because they don't have a home. I am grateful for all we have been blessed with and pray for those who need to be blessed with warmth.