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.