Thursday, January 21, 2010

When the going gets tough...


{sigh, a loooong sigh} I'm not a huge fan of Maxine and her comic strip - she's pretty crass for the most part, but, today is a Maxine feeling kind of morning and this comic strip was for me. Why, you ask? Oh let me just tell you...
Two days ago I checked my mailbox. I got my new workout DVD, two new books, misc junk mail and... our gas/energy bill. Usually not a big deal. So I open up all the good mail first - look at the books and mentally prep myself for the dvd that I would "attempt" later that day. Then I open the bill.
{GASP}
I am not even kidding you when I tell you that our gas/energy bill is $275!!! With a little teasing note towards the bottom, "your next reading will be Feb. 13th"...as if to say, "haha and we'll be coming after more of your money next month". Yes, I do have a smidge of an attitude about this. I know that I just need to get my "big girl" pants on and deal with it. It's winter, it's freezing, and we have 9ft ceilings. That being said - if you are visting our home anytime soon wear extra clothes. I've turned the thermostat down to a balmy 60, dressed Ava in layers and brought out extra blankets in lieu of gas heat!!! WHO can afford that much for heat?! Ok... I'm over it. The Lord knows and has a purpose for even this...





Continuing on with the theme of freezing weather... our ice storm has ended, but the results are stunning. Here is our backyard at this present time...Our tree is falling apart because its completely coated in ice. Poor tree. We are very thankful for the Lord's protection - so much has fallen off the tree, but it's always away from our house, when it could very easily have been ON our house/garage. Ava seems to think its all pretty cool and loves the sound of the huge branches coated with ice cracking off the tree. Our camera's snow option makes her look all "glowy"... i heart her. :)




4 comments:

Katie@The Baby Factory said...

ugh....bah humbug the snow storm. I totally hear you today. It is one of those days.
$275?!? That is the worst. Have you thought about budget billing? We've opted for that so our bill hovers around the $140 mark...with no suprises. I appreciate no suprises. My one income household can't stomach that kind of surprise.

Cannonicity said...

hey there! Didn't know you had a blog! Love it! Def gunna add you to my regular blogs! How are you and Brad? I think we are going to visit the Konz's Valentines weekend! Gotta meet all these BBC babies!

Sara said...

I love the phrase "put my big girl pants on" it makes me laugh because that is exactly what I need to do today :)

The Sneaky Mommy said...

I second the budget billing! I've had this mental race against Mid-American Energy since we had a huge bill a few years ago. Every time I turn down the furnace a notch, I think in my head, "Take that, MAE!" Now we have a new believer at our church who works there...I think I've offended him with my animosity towards the energy company! :) All in fun though! It's a race to save those pennies!