All right, today I got the bills for heating and electricity. I had agreed to reimburse the landlords for the oil in the furnace tank, since they want to remove the old furnace and the tank is near full. The usual agreement here is that the tank will be refilled when the house is vacated, but that isn’t practical in this case. The cold weather is upon us, and the furnace is ON. They gave us a bit of break on the cost – enough to buy us a tank of petrol for the truck plus a little. But – Wow! I haven’t bought a tank of oil in years, having burned wood in my own homes. And as for the much beloved NB Power – they inflated our bill by a few $$ for administrative charges having to do with changing the name on the bill. Ten seconds of someone’s time cost us almost one-third of the total bill.
But all of that was offset in a few minutes. The landlords offered us the loan of a spare bed so we don’t have to buy one – my budget for that was $150. And I know that the bed will be very clean – they are meticulous people. “Landlord” seems to be a word fraught with negative meaning, and it seems unfair to use it for these people who are turning into good friends. And as I opened the mail, I found a cheque from my father as a Christmas gift. The money I don’t have to spend on a bed and the gift from Dad offset the NB Power bill – not just the additional amount I hadn’t budgetted, but the whole thing.
Our landfriends also have made it possible for us to install a woodburning stove. We will buy it and have it installed – which is fine with me, as these dear people are letting us rent the house at a very affordable price and are going to help with some of our homesteading projects. We will get to choose the stove, and after years of heating and cooking on a number of woodburning devices, none of them my choosing, I am almost giddy with excitement. I’ve had every permutation of woodstove from Franklin to airtight, from cast-in-Sackville antiquities to airtight Swedish modern. I realize that my dream stove – yes, the Pioneer Maid – is out of our reach both price-wise and size-wise, but I am looking diligently for a CSA-approved appliance to heat 1000 square feet and provide a flat cooking surface. So if you know of anything used, under $500, within a two hour drive of Morell Siding, New Brunswick, let me know!
God provides for us – we didn’t need all of this, but He graced us with blessings today. I pray that I will be worthy of this blessing.