This Winter has been pretty hard on our family, but I’m grateful that it’s finally over. The brutal blizzards wrought havoc on us at every level. I can tell you that I have never been as sick as I’ve been over this past Winter. Having to stay inside for nights on end, with feet of snow falling around, brought my immune system to its knees, leaving me perpetually sick. I’m no doctor, but all the cold weather couldn’t have been good for my health! Surprisingly, it had more to do with the air filter for the furnace being dirty than the cold weather itself. I was forgetful about replacing the air filter during the fall, which was unfortunate – by the middle of Winter, it was unquestionably dusty and fithy inside our home. We’ve got 3 children too that are germ magnets! Whatever the exact reason would be, all I think is that this Winter was the worst for me from a physical standpoint. Financially, this was still an awful Winter! I had to get the oil furnace fixed twice and I had to have the Heating, Ventilation, as well as A/C worker replace the air filter I forgot to change. That wasn’t an accident – it happened twice. Overall it was unquestionably disheartening from a financial aspect, but I do prefer the Heating, Ventilation, as well as A/C guy I deal with for check-ups, so at least I have a repertoire with a decent guy in the business. Maybe while the summertime goes on, I will need his services for the air conditioner. I hope not though – I like the guy, but I don’t like all the money I have to keep paying him.