I must say that today was a great day. It started out quite well. Reasonable weather and the ability for us to stay at home. There was no need to venture out and we have spent much of the day working on learning projects, researching information, grabbling with maths concepts and writing script.
We were having a great time. Helping each other out with learning, doing the chores around the house and having fun. However, our usual activity of rushing outside excitedly in anticipation of what may be waiting for us in our mail box, died a quick death as we sorted through the mail. These days, we don’t get too many bills as we pay everything in advance, the phone bill, the electricity, magazine subscriptions, everything gets money paid onto it each week, to avoid any shocking discoveries. However even with our weekly payments in advance for our Electricity, we were deeply shocked when we opened our bill. Never have we had a bill so high in all our life!
Usually after installments we need to find just a few dollars, to clean up a bill. However the cold weather, lack of wood heating and the fact that this stupid house we live in has high ceilings and the inability to close of any real space from the rest of the house, means that to heat the house we have to keep multiple heaters on for multiple hours. We have always tried to be careful and had budgeted for what we thought was an increase in electricity use, but nothing could prepare us for this rude awakening.
Hence the heaters are now all put away, the beds covered in excessive layers of bedding and the lounge room resembles a slumber party with blankets set aside on each chair for added warmth for when the night draws in.
Thankfully our lease expires shortly, which means we will not have to endure another winter in this house, with the inability to close off the drafts from the doors or heat the house in a cost effective manner. Hopefully we will be living in a very different place soon, with a lot more creature comforts and heating options!
Note to Self: Ensure that we find another house to live in before next winter, which has the option of wood heating!