Good old Job

Well, old Job said it (Job 3:25). That which we feared has come upon us. When we left Arizona in early November, we did so with fear and trembling, knowing that Wichita, Kansas in December can be very cold. And guess what? It is! The temperature is forecast to be in single digits tonight, with below zero wind chills. We had no way of knowing before we needed it just how warm our heat sources would keep us and thankfully we can say they do a pretty good job. Since we’re all electric except for the 2-burner kitchen stove, we couldn’t do it without hookups but then again, we don’t have to. An electric mattress pad takes the chill off before we go to bed and a down-alternative comforter under the bedspread keeps our bed toasty warm no matter how cold it is outside. While I think it would be nice to have a thermostat we could set in the 70s and just leave it, we’re staying warm. Yesterday’s wind was strong enough to move the jack pads, so we rocked quite a bit. Today, while windy, hasn’t been that bad.

Yesterday’s cold stirred a desire for beef stew, so the crockpot worked all afternoon on last night’s supper. The aroma met us at the door when we came home. There was enough left over for more than one meal, I think, so we’ll be warmed by it again. We’re thinking of making chili and putting some in the freezer for occasions when we’d like a little extra warmth later on this winter, even though we don’t plan on it being this cold when we get back to Arizona!

I think next winter, we’ll save our pennies and bring family to us for Christmas. Video cameras were made to record children’s programs and there’s always Skype to talk about them afterward. When I mentioned that, I got no resistance at all from LeRoy. He’d be headed for warm weather now if it wasn’t for me.

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