is not one of my virtues, although I think I have gotten better with it over the years. When I was young, my Dad gave me a little sign that said, "God, grant me patience NOW!"
My patience is being sorely tested at present. My smoke alarm is still disconnected. There is a second alarm in my bedroom and another right outside my apartment door, so I am not totally without that protection. The water issue was resolved the following day, but the furnace issue has not. My apartment is the only one in the building that is cold. The furnace man has been in and out several times, checking the thermostat and registers, but so far he hasn't found the cause of the problem.
I can't complain too much, however. It is not like the electric was out and there was no heat at all. The temp hovers around the 61 degree mark, so I am not exactly freezing to death. I have warm clothes and heavy socks and I will survive just fine. I have enough empty canning jars now so that tomorrow I will can up some pork and beef that I froze for that purpose, along with the two venison roasts my son brought to me. That should keep things fairly warm most of the day. Sunday I will need to bake bread again, and although it takes longer to rise, the oven heat will help.
Unfortunately for my Yorkies, I took them to the groomer about a month or so ago for their semi-annual haircuts, so they don't have the long fur they had before to keep them warm. They have been spending lots of time snuggled down in their blankets. I may have to break out their little turtleneck sweaters if it gets any colder in here. (Yes, I am one of those people who buys doggie sweaters. I hate to admit it, but there it is.)
Sometimes a person just needs to moan and groan a bit. Doesn't do any good whatsoever, but it makes you feel a bit better. I know that all of this will be fixed as soon as possible. And being impatient about it will only make it worse.
There are folks who are going through some horrible times (Mystic Mud) that make my problems look pretty tiny by comparison. I'm pretty sure that if you are of a mind to remember this family in your prayers, it would be a good thing.