Monday, December 14, 2009

Gratitude Monday - The Roof Over My Head

This is my house in summer.

We have snow. More than we need. It is cold. Very cold. The forecast was for -38C overnight.
I have a place to live. I have a roof over my head and a furnace that works and a nice, warm husband.
Not everyone is as fortunate as me to be sheltered when the weather gets nasty.
I have a home. I am grateful.
Edited to add:
We made it uncomfortably close to -40C. That's the same as being uncomfortably close to 40 below F.
Edited to add again:
We did it. -40C .


David Cranmer said...

And it is a very comfortable looking home.

carla said...

I still laugh with the husband that the snarkiest comment Ive ever received was one BASHING my gratitude post (can you even do that? criticize what someone is grateful for? :)).

I, too, am so freakin thankful for things like having a roof over my head and food in my belly.

to others (or so I was told) this can seem like a platitude :)

the Bag Lady said...

I, too, am grateful for the roof over my head, especially when it's this freakin' cold!

I love the picture of your house!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, David.

Carla, folks bash what makes them uncomfortable. Maybe your gratitude showed this person up?
Genuine gratitude is never a platitude.

Why, thank you df Bag Lady. Whenever I think it's cold I think of the temps you've been enjoying up there.

Crabby McSlacker said...


40 below????

I'd be grateful for such a nice house too!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thank you, Crabby.

Reb said...

Very nice underneath is nice too ;)

It is good to be reminded that roofs and electricity and gas or wood stoves are luxuries that not everyone can afford. I am grateful for my little apartment and for the fact I seldom lose power for any length of time.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Reb.
I hope you don't have any power outages in this nasty cold snap. Or ever.

Thomma Lyn said...

Brrrr! -40C is terribly cold. I'm glad you have a snug home and a good furnace and a nice warm hubby! :)

Barbara Martin said...

I heard the temperature is going down to -50C on the prairies and in northern Ontario. The year I left Alberta the temperature hovered around -40C/F for weeks in December and in January. I remember those cold nights on the farm in rural Alberta with a woodstove to keep the chill away when the power went off.

Having a roof and food is certainly an excellent state of gratitude whether it's cold outside or not. Now, if only I can get my landlord to fix the oven before the holidays arrive.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, TL. It's hard to be too warm on days like this.

Barbara, a woodstove is very welcome. I hope you get your oven fixed soon.
May I ask when that was?

messymimi said...

Even though the roof we had replaced last year still leaks, the slab under our feet leaks, and the rain is still falling, I join you in gratitude. We still have so much more than so many others.

Hilary said...

Always a treat to read your gratitude posts.. and always a good reminder to be grateful. Keep warm, Leah.

Leah J. Utas said...

Messymimi, it's good to see past the leaks and now that it's more than many have.

Thanks, Hilary. Grateful is good. Warm is good, too.

Anonymous said...

Glad you're okay and happy and grateful! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Anonymous.