So Thankful for Heat

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It was pretty nippy last weekend. We were visiting a friend in Connecticut, and there was concern over some furnace trouble as the temperatures dropped to -3 F (-19.44 C). Our friend rigged the furnace to keep it working until they got the motor fixed, which worked pretty well. I joked with my co-workers on Monday that I was leaving that cold to head to the tropics of home, where were supposed to be up to 22 F(-5.56 C). What I didn’t realize was that while we were gone, our furnace had quit as well. And it was still pretty snowy.


When we stepped into our home, it was 38 F (3.33 C) degrees inside. Fortunately Hudi (who was at the house) had warned us so we were braced for the blast. And we are fortunate enough to live in a large house with two furnaces so we did everything we could to prevent pipes from freezing. Heated up water on the stove, got faucets dripping, etc.

Chris figured out the issue but couldn’t get a replacement part at that time since stores were closed. There is a little bearing in the furnace that rotates, and it affects the turn-on and shut-off workings of the furnace. If you want to know the real technical explanation, ask Chris. I got the concept of it, but not the solution. Basically something that has been spinning for 20 years, keeping the furnace funning, decided to quit. The good news was that we didn’t have to worry about our food spoiling. It was definitely nice and cold.

While we had heat on the other side of the house, it was still very cold, since that one furnace wasn’t enough to combat the cold coming from the other half of the house. I snuggled into my military-grade sleeping bag for the night.

You know what’s funny? I find it rare to have no heat yet still have electricity. By instinct, whenever I went downstairs after dark, I was using my phone as a flashlight. The mind does weird things, eh?

The next day Chris called a store in Adams who referred us to a store in Watertown. John from Sid Harvey’s told us he could get the part the next day. As we mentally braced for another cold day, we got a call. It was John suggesting a shop in Syracuse that might have our part. Wasn’t that kind of him? Chris drove to get it, and two hours later we had heat.

It’s truly amazing how warm a 50 F-degree (10 C) living room felt after that experience (as it was still warming up). Usually I freeze if it’s under 68F/20C. It felt soooooo good. And I am very, very thankful for heat and for a husband that knew how to fix our furnace.


Have you Ever had a Ring Ding?

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img_0024No, not a Swiss Roll or a Ding Dong. A real honest to goodness Ring Ding. Well, it’s one of my favorite things on the planet. I particularly like it frozen, and there is no substitute on earth for that perfect thickness of chocolate surrounding the ideal amount of cake and filling. (and no, I’m not getting any sort of payment to endorse this). Well, that’s what I’m thankful for today.

You see, I grew up loving Ring Dings. They were in all the stores on Long Island, where I spent my younger years. But to my dismay, they stopped selling them in western and northern NY, where I have lived the past 25+ years. When my husband traveled east, he would bring me back a box of Ring Dings as a treat. My parents sent me home with boxes when I visited.

Once I was so happy with my treat, I saved it for a month or two so I could enjoy some on my birthday. With steadfast resolve, I resisted temptation each time I drooled my way by the cabinet with my Ring Dings in them. When my b-day came, I eagerly ripped open the wrapper, and chomped into it only to discover that Ring Dings have an expiration date for a purpose. They mold. There was serious sadness in my household in that moment. I’m still a bit sad about it, to be honest.

But this year. This year was different. We were in a newish-to-us grocery store near our new home in northern NY, and from across the store, my husband thought he might be seeing Ring Dings in holiday packaging. Berating him for his cruelty, I sauntered over to prove him wrong, but he was right!

Better yet, we have been back to the store since the holidays and have found the treasures in regular packaging so it’s looking hopeful that they are here to stay.

When something is appreciated as much as my Ring Dings, the calories and sugar intake don’t count. Am I right?


Feeling Buried? Make it Fun

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Star inspired me today. It snowed a lot last night. Definitely over a foot of snow, and it was beautiful! I was a bit concerned about how my medium-sized dog would handle it when she had to go out.

No worries at all!

Star headed into the snow and plowed a path for herself in her enclosure, stumpy tail wagging all the while (she was born without a tail, but she thinks she has one). When she was finished circling ’round her enclosure, she paused for a drop-and-roll.

Life is good, even when you are up to your ears in potential obstacles. Do what you can, make sure you enjoy the good parts, and shake off the yuck! 😉