There are two things that come in the mail that make me want to run and hide. One is the Discover Card bill. We put everything — groceries, medical bills, gas, utilities — everything, on the Discover Card. The bill is always horrendous but if you think about every dime you spend during the month, it’s a lot of money! Vince opens the bill, steam escapes his ears, (I’ve left the room and hopefully the house by now!), goes over every single charge .. then he realizes it’s truly essential expenses and he calms down and usually says nothing to me about it.
The second bill that comes in that causes me to run for cover is the electric bill. We’re total electric. There are two full size ovens and many times, they’re both going. There are two full size fridges and a freezer. The dishwasher often runs three times a day. All three of us take 2 showers each day . . Chad’s are lengthy! In fact, Chad’s shower lasts as long as there’s hot water. When I hear Chad turn on the shower, that’s my signal to start the washer and the dishwasher. I figure if he’s staying in the shower til the hot water runs out, I’ll just speed things up a bit! Oh, let’s not talk about the water bill. It has sewer on it too but it’s usually near $100.
During the summer, our electric bill often exceeds $400/month. During the dead of winter, it’s usually about $300. Otherwise, the electric bill runs anywhere from $150 to $200. We received a bill today and this is the amount we owe!
Oh yeah! I believe that! I called Kansas City Power & Light and explained that I thought our electric bill might be wrong. The nice lady was thinking I was complaining because it was too much! She looked at our records and busted out laughing. I do think, from looking at your records, that this is a mistake! I told her I wasn’t complaining and would be thrilled if my bills could be this amount every month. She laughed some more!
They can either come out and re-read the meter or just catch up next month. Next month is fine. It all comes out in the end, so why waste their time.
Mary asked if her readers have turned their heat on yet. We have not. I did switch the thermostat over to heat but we keep it around 50 at night and then it kicks up to about 68 at 5:30 a.m., and goes back to 55 at 6:30 a.m. It’s really hard to crawl out of a warm bed when the house is freezing! And, worse, try getting a toasty little dachshund to surface. That’s a good way to lose a hand — Speck is not a morning dog anyway and when it’s cold, he wouldn’t mind staying in bed much longer than we can. Downstairs stays warm without the heat so we hardly ever turn the downstairs thermostat to heat.
I had big hopes of closing in the downstairs garage, getting a wood stove or pellet stove in there and putting the longarm in that room but, that’s not going to happen. For another year, we’re stuck with electric heat as our only source of heat. Not a situation I’m comfortable with but, that decision was not made by me!