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Winter is Terrible!

This morning, I awoke to a freezing cold house. Our heater has not been working properly– it’s old and former tenants messed around with the wiring. Fortunately, I have a fantastic company that had patiently tried to fix it over the past two seasons. Unfortunately, it will have to be replaced in the not too distant future.

This winter, all of us seem to be in the same situation. This winter is just terrible. It’s hard to garner sympathy from anyone when everyone is struggling to stay warm. and, of course, there isn’t much we can do about it.

I do, however, wonder what the Amish are doing to survive. In Lancaster, those old farmhouses do not have the luxury of central heat. Many do have propane heaters in the main room, but those upstairs bedrooms? I bet they are freezing!

I’m going to find out what they do; I’ll ask some of my Amish friends. In the meantime, I really hope this cold snap disappears soon.

I left New Jersey in October because I suffer severe seasonal affective disorder. The gray days, cold air, and occasional snow just send me into a severe depression. S-E-V-E-R-E. My husband is a real saint and, for the past three winters, has taken me to Belize and then Florida for the winters.

Now, here I sit in a freezing cold house (it’s almost warmer outside than inside) in the very weather I wanted to avoid. So do hundreds of thousands of other “snowbirds” as well as the millions of people who live in the south to enjoy nicer weather. And lets not forget the Amish, a majority of them elderly, who also come to Pinecraft, Florida to escape the cold up north.

The good news is that the weather looks like it’s going to improve soon. In the meantime, I hope everyone stays warm and says a little prayer for those people who suffer in the cold weather or do not have central heat.


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3 thoughts on “Winter is Terrible!

  1. This is been extremely cold to be anywhere without heat. And space heaters scare me. You know as soon as you install a new heater, it will get warm. Isn’t that the way it always goes? I hope something happens very soon for you to get warm again because this has been extremely cold for Florida. Love you.

  2. When using space heater heat will rise to the top. Our upstairs is warmer than our downstairs. I could never be Amish. I do admire them and their dedication to their beliefs. The portable electric heaters are nice when you have problems with the heater in your house. They are not expensive. Ours looks like a wood burning stove. My mother would sit there by the fire and wonder when we would have to add more wood. Fake fire!

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