This Wintertime has been pretty hard on the family and I, but I’m absolutely grateful that it is finally over. The brutal cold storms plus the snow and ice have wreaked havoc with us on pretty much every level. Speaking for myself, I can tell you that I have never been as sick as I have over this past Wintertime. Having to stay inside for days on end with feet of snow falling weakened our immune systems to the point of getting sick over and over. At least I think it did, but I’m no doctor. It really had more to do with the air filter for the oil furnace being dirty than simply being indoors all the time. I was forgetful about replacing the air filter during the Fall and by the middle of Wintertime, it was absolutely dusty and mangy inside our home. The two of us have two children, and they are terrible about hygiene! Whatever the exact reason, all I know for sure is that this Wintertime was the worst for me from a physical standpoint. From a cost standpoint, this Wintertime was also terrible. I had to get furnace fixed twice, and had to have the Heating and A/C supplier come out with the air filter. Overall, it was absolutely disheartening from a financial aspect, despite the fact that I do like the Heating and A/C guy I deal with. At least I was able to put some food on his table, right? Perhaps during the warm season, I will need his services for the a/c despite the fact that I really hope I don’t. I adore the guy, but I sure am sick of having to pay for him to visit!