But that hasn't happened. In fact, the most grumbling so far has been from me, listening to the furnace run constantly, in a futile effort to keep the air warm.
Yesterday I got tired of listening to myself and adjusted the thermostat downward until the fan stopped running. The inside temperature has remained at about 60° ever since. With wool slippers and layered clothing, we're not uncomfortable at all.
My mood almost instantly changed from mumbly-grumbly to A-OK.
Granted I went to bed early, because, um, blankets! But really? I've not found anything to complain about since that constant fan noise stopped.
- We're fortunate to have the money to have paid for that weekend service call.
- We plan to check on our homeowner's insurance, which could possibly cover part of the replacement expense.
- If it doesn't, the emergency fund is ready and available to handle the cost of a new compressor.
- We have a working oven, which did a masterful job yesterday. We were quite toasty filling our bellies with food which had slow-roasted all afternoon.
- We have a working automobile. With a heater. Which we will use today to shop for another source of auxiliary heat.
And along comes science (well, Google science, anyway) to prove that I'm a happier woman because I'm looking for and listing the things I'm thankful for.
I've been doing that fairly regularly for the past 24 years – having an attitude of gratitude is a benchmark of sobriety. I'm not perfect. I still gripe and moan, and I still have wishes and wants. But finding and recognizing what I do have helps me ignore the things I don't.
Pretty soon I'm going to mix up a batch of paleo pumpkin muffins. I'll pop them in my working oven and you can bet I'll be grateful when I eat them for breakfast!
What are you thankful for? And, especially in the face of trials and tribulations and challenges … what's on your gratitude list?