The 4:00 AM fireplace check list.
- Clean fireplace of ashes.
- Stack kindling wood.
- Use a piece of newspaper or turn on the gas.
- Have larger logs ready to go.
- Check the flue is open.
Wow, it’s a beautiful fire! And just in time because it’s a cold Houston morning with sleet and snow in the forecast. The schools are closed and if we get the sleet and snow, it’ll bring the city to its knees.
I love it!
Apparently, Not Everyone
Lately, I’ve heard complaining about the cold weather. Houston has had more subfreezing days than normal. And more days in the 30’s and 40’s than normal. It’s almost like winter!
But people are getting tired of it, and I understand, but I’m not one of them and can’t share in the cold negativity.
For Seven Months
For most of the year Houston is a sauna. If Arizona has a dry heat then Houston has a wet one. Temperatures soar into the 90’s and triple digits are common. The humidity hovers like a wet blanket. It’s inescapable and void of value for human life.
The summer is when I join the complainers, when I’m suffering the smothering dampness of virtual asthma.
Wait, Forgot Something
I had just begun blogging when I noticed the smell of smoke. A minute later, I noticed an uneven layer hovering above me. Uh huh, Check List Item #5:
Open the flue.
Oops. I would have bet the farm that it was open, but it wasn’t. Maybe that’s what I get for betting the farm. I don’t actually have a farm, I lost it years ago on a silly bet.
Do you agree with this, “Everybody complains about something?” Or maybe this, “If it isn’t one thing it’s another?” Or, “I wish they would give me the key to the thermostat box at church so I could set it where it belongs.”
There isn’t a key. There isn’t a thermostat that can be changed. It’s all software driven, a computer runs the entire system. But people still ask.
So, cheer up good friends. Hot or cold, windy or calm, dry or wet, life goes on so we might as well go with it. I’ll finish with:
“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a depraved generation…” Philippians 2:14-15