Little Things

I’m so glad I don’t let the little things get me down. This hasn’t always been the case. In the past I was hot tempered and would get angry over the speed bumps in my life and usually pitched a fit.

Larry was out shoveling once again so I decided today would be a good day to clean house. It wasn’t too bad; still I thought I would just get ahead of the game. I did all the dusting, then I cleaned our bathroom and next I began to vacuum. We have a very large bathroom and in the center of it we have a very large decorative rug. I had just finished vacuuming it and my vacuum just died. I fiddled with it, checked the outlet to see if it died rather than the vacuum. It didn’t.  I left it in the middle of our bedroom floor (I was checking hoses etc) and walked into the laundry room to put the load of laundry into the dryer, all the while pondering the fate of the vacuum.

That is when I discovered the small flood in my laundry room. I’m pretty sure there isn’t really anything wrong with my washer; I think it probably has to do with the -7 degree temps we woke up to today. I figure something was frozen where the water needed to drain. I didn’t get one bit upset, I just grabbed some old towels and mopped it all up, went back to my bedroom got the vacuum and put it away. I realized I wasn’t upset or angry and I thanked God for the changes he has created in me. I silently said “I will praise you all day long”.

Right after that the phone rang and it was my mom. Her heater quit working (her house is barely over two years old) and she didn’t have any cold water in her bathroom. I gave her the number of the guy we use for our heating and air conditioning so she called him. He was there in less than an hour and then he called me to explain the problem, which basically was a frozen drain. Something to do with a 90% unit. It would bore you to death if I tried to give you all the details, so I won’t. Basically it boils down to the below zero temps which we just aren’t used to in this area. We are not expecting anymore snow and the temps are to be rising each day all the way to the high 60’s by next week. Her pipes should be thawed in a couple of days.

We are waiting for her to call and we will head over to pick her up. She will stay with us until her heater is working again. Can you say “Scrabble Marathon”? Oh yes, that’s what we will be doing. What a great way to spend a very cold day! Ah, the little things…

I want to give a few shout-outs… first to my awesome husband. He shoveled our very long and wide driveway once again, shoveled our sidewalks, front and back. Not only did he do ours he does mom’s too. Shoveling is hard work and hard on the back. (I think he does it just to get extra back rubs from me) 🙂

The second one goes to our awesome neighbors. One of our neighbors has a backhoe with a front loader and he clears our entire road and clears driveways in our neighborhood. Our neighbor’s right across the street always call to check on us in bad weather and another neighbor drove his 4-wheel drive pickup to  pull another neighbor out of the ditch yesterday.

So THANKS – Rick, Steve and Maggie and Mike (and your spouses) for being great friends and great neighbors.

The third one goes to the guy that looked at mom’s heater today. He climbed up in her attic, figured out the problem and didn’t charge her. Now I think that is just NICE!! He had every right to at least charge her for a service call, especially in this bone chilling weather. He even called over here to explain the problem to us and then he offered to drive her over here in his 4-wheel drive pickup. I think that is above and beyond! Thanks Air Service!!

Ps 103:1 Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

5 comments for “Little Things

  1. February 12, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    You call them little things. I think they are HUGE! I’m very impressed with the technician from Air Service. I don’t think that would ever happen out here. It’s more of a Southern thing.

    I guess it may be a Southern thing and it is awesome!

  2. Meowmix
    February 11, 2011 at 7:48 am

    So MUCH to praise Him for!

    Yes Judy, we certainly do! I hope you are staying warm and feeling better. Take care.

  3. Dana
    February 11, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Thanks for the story. You bring out the good in people who know you. You are correct, you have a wonderful husband. He does what he does because he loves you and wants to see you happy. Mine did not shovel snow but he did hang window blinds and curtains today! Fixed the shower head and helped me flip the mattress. A lot of progress today!
    I appreciate my son-in-law and daughter. They check on us regularly and Russ cleans my deck and a path to his house. He is so good to us. We are blessed to be here.
    Thank you Dana! We are both blessed with wonderful husbands and we are both blessed by Russ and Jen too. I really love you guys and I’m so glad you moved here.

  4. Pat
    February 11, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Thanks for that story. It lets me know that there are still really good people out there.

    Thank you Pat for stopping by. It really does my heart good too to be surrounded by such good people.

  5. Pebbles
    February 11, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Janice,
    That was such a wonderful story! I truly enjoyed it. It takes me back to one of my older brothers who passed away 9 years ago. He would watch me worrying about little things, fretting over another & one day he just told me “Pebs, don’t sweat the small stuff.” And you know, he was right. It WAS small stuff compared to what it could’ve been. I would like to think I’m a much more calm person these days. In fact, I know I am (mostly due to my loving hubby who is the calmest person & has taught me about “staying calm”) He always tells me why freak out, its already done. But I did love your story. You have a wonderful husband, wonderful neighbors and a REALLY great service technician!
    Thanks Pebbles!! It’s so good to hear from you. Your brother and hubby gave you some good advice. Love you girl! 🙂

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