Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Break

Today has been full of catch-up at work (my inbox has been quiet the day before a holiday), and life maintenance, and getting ready for Thanksgiving. I'm fortunate to be able to work remotely when needed, which was very convenient today for the "life maintenance" part.

It does not cease to amaze me how high maintenance life can be some times. Today we had a new garage door opener installed (wow, the new machine is quiet!) and also had a company here to give us an estimate on a new furnace and a/c installation. WOW! <insert horrified scream here>. We had replaced the units at our old home, so there wasn't a lot of sticker shock here, but that was 10 years ago and...just...SERIOUSLY!? It's not like we get to invest this money and have much to show for it (save for cheaper utility bills thanks to higher efficiency). We don't get to wear it, drive it, watch it or sit on it. We won't have friends over for dinner parties and haul them to the utility room to show off our new furnace ("Yes, doesn't the color go well with the water heater?").

Let's just say that today I am thankful for the financing plans available for new HVAC.

Yet, even with something as boring as a new furnace and air conditioner, I have my condition in the back of my mind. Yes, we can finance this expensive thing, and somehow work this into our budget, but as I look at the numbers, I can't help but think, but what if I get sick?

But I have limited control over that. All I can do is take the best care of myself that I can, and we can only plan the rest of our lives as well as we can. We've been doing that for 10 years now, and we'll continue to do that.

So I go back to being Thankful. For my husband, for my children, family, friends, home, our jobs, and so many other wonderful things in my life. Especially having the next few days off - I could really use a break...and I'm really looking forward to those sweet potatoes.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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