"That's it! I'm coming to live at YOUR house!!!"
In response to our raised voices, my GM sticks her head around the corner ... as Ms. Human Resources chuckles self-consciously: "Well, I'm not really sure, but I think we keep our thermostat set at 65."
Oh yeah, it's been an incredibly uncomfortable Summer. I don't suppose anyone feels immune ... or doesn't long for a nip of Fall.
Did you happen to see the January(?) issue of Reader's Digest? I was incredulous to read one expert's advice (that) the "best sleep" occurs when keeping the thermostat at 65 degrees. (I could only conclude the good Doctor must hold a major interest in some Public Utility!)
It turns out, my co-worker's estimate was off by nearly 20 degrees.
While DH and I've (reluctantly) compromised on a #77 ... I'm always on the lookout for other ways in which to save electricity.
Since learning of kitchen fires begun by dishwashers, we no longer run that machine at bedtime ...if at all. The clothes dryer normally begins work at 3:30AM.
"Things could always be worse." As a child, I used to roll my eyes at Mother's adage ... yet, it's now become my own mantra. No question, things could always - and might very well become worse.
And I'm reminded of a sweet story by Yehudit Channen -- which hit me like the proverbial "ton of bricks." May I share an excerpt?
Another one of our members is a Holocaust survivor named Abby, who survived the war by living in a Christian orphanage. One morning the lady who sits next to her kept repeating, "Help me, help me. Somebody help me."
Abby, who no longer recognizes her only son, leaned in close to the other. "What is it dear?", she asked. "Are you scared? We are all in this together. You just have to make the best of it and stay out of trouble."
Great advice, no?
We are all in this together. Thank you for helping me make the best of it!
... and have yourselves a wonderful week!