Friday, November 22, 2013
Once Upon A Frost Bitten Night
Zara Silk Dress (thrifted)
Worthington Faux Leather Top via JCP
After our summer of blazing heat I seem to have forgotten how much of a pain it is to take pictures in both the dark and extreme cold. It's difficult not to get graininess in -40 below zero and while these night pictures weren't taken in quite that cold(a mere -20 below) the cold does unpleasant things to picture quality. The weather took quite a dip in temps over the past few days, we reached down to -45 below zero at our house and wow, I am so happy at how the house did! I've talked a little bit about it through out the summer but when we bought our house, it ended up have to be pretty much completely redone. Walls, insulation, roof, wiring, flooring, it was bare bones and we had to do a ton of work. We didn't get the chance to redo some parts as much as we wanted and I've been really nervous about reaching the extreme cold temps but so far, the house has been a champ with retaining heat and keeping the cold out. The pipes didn't even freeze! It doesn't take much for you to realize what an extreme luxury shelter, heat and water are and everything else is just wants. (Aside from food of course, a full pantry is an amazing sight.) I was looking at some house decorating ideas on Pintrest and while I thought the ideas were fun, I felt no sense of jealousy over how nice some of those houses were. I mean, my house isn't the prettiest and we have a long ways to go but it's ours. Up until we bought out place, home ownership was years and years away and renting in town had gotten pretty stressful. Our landlords were nice people but they had the worst judgement in choosing renters and it was night after night of calling the cops, listening to someone being beaten or worrying about the crazy guy upstairs losing it and shooting his gun. (Right after we left, this happened and the people who moved into our place actually got hurt. A stray bullet hit one women's leg and while no one got really hurt, it was very scary to be there with little children.) A lot of bad things happened in that place and I tried to not dwell on them at the time but right now I can't even express how happy and thankful I am to not be there anymore. So this Thanksgiving I'm thankful for finally having a safe place to live that's warm, food to eat and firewood in the shed.
Oh, and running water. I not only love warm baths, I HEART them.