Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Blessing of Warmth

The brutal cold and harsh weather helps me to appreciate the beauty and softness of the other seasons. I am not a big fan of winter.

I am a bit down on this weather after having something like two weeks with either minimal heat or no heat. The repairman came over and over again (5 times) and the system would be fixed for a few hours and then break again. Apparently it is a complex computerized system with many components and the mother board is bad.

On Thanksgiving night, a different repairman, the manager, and the owner of the company came out to fix our system, and they did. We now have both heat and humidity. This coming week, an expert from Honeywell will come out to permanently fix the system so that our thermostats and zones will work as well, and to repair or replace the mother board. The owner of the company has a lot of integrity; he apologized for the big mess, for all of the problems that we've been having. It was a great Thanksgiving gift.

This time of coldness and personal discomfort taught me to be grateful for blessings. When you are freezing cold, it's hard to think, hard to be grateful for anything. Everything in your world narrows down to one thing--getting warm. Survival. The longer you are cold, the harder it becomes. I am glad that our time was short. But now I really feel for all of the people who have no way of getting warm at this time of year, and there are many. Homeless people, for one. But also the working poor, who can't afford heat. There are many people our country and around the world for whom being cold is the norm.

We are so blessed it so many ways. Ways that we take for granted much of the time.

Today I am grateful to be warm.

~Photo by LoveHubbie Mark, edited by me


Kim Mailhot said...

so glad you have some house temps to match your heart temps, Lovely Olivia ! Have a cozy rest of the weekend.

Kate said...

Glad to hear you are finally warm...

patti said...

I'm not a winter person either O and here we don't have anywhere near the low temps that you have!

It's great that your heating is up and running again. Enjoy snuggling in warmly!

Olivia said...

Thank you gals for your comments and warm love ♥

I will most certainly snuggle in here.

Big, Big Love to My Two Queens and my Lovely Australian Friend Who Now Lives in a Villa :) xoO

kate i said...

The right to warmth at the click of a button is something most of us take forgranted. I lived in northern Canada for a year in an Inuit village and the warmth is never taken forgranted there but the difference is that they know how to survive the cold in ways that we don't.

We still lose power here at least once or twice a winter and remember all over again how uncomfortable it is. I'm glad your heat is back on and you can once again bask in the warmth Olivia.

Olivia said...

That's true, kate. Warmth at the click of a button. It's what we expect--demand even. I had no idea you lived in an Inuit village. What were you doing there? You must know a great deal about cold.

Our heating will cease when we lose power also. I am not looking forward to that!

Thank you for the perspective, kate.


Anonymous said...

I am so glad they finally diagnosed the problem correctly so that now it can be fixed.

groovysabrina said...

I'm very glad they fixed your system - now you have a setting that allows you to focus on other things, things that are important to you! I spent a lot of time sleeping under lots of covers when it was so cold here. It was really hard to stay awake, better just to be warm and asleep.

Olivia said...

Thanks, Kelly!

And Sabrina--yes--I had no idea you had to deal with that--I remembered that you said it was "colder" there, but didn't know all you went through. You've nailed it. I'm glad it's better now and that you have a space heater.

Love to you both,