I was blessed by timing, as my furnace started giving me trouble last Saturday (quit running while I was at work, and poor Shado was glued to his heated bed until I got home and reset it) and it was resolved on Wednesday, with those days being the 'warm' ones (near freezing) sandwiched between two very cold streaks. What a blessing it didn't fail earlier or later, when I'm not around to know what's going on!
Counting my blessings should also include the fact that I've caught neither cold nor flu (yet), and the latter has gotten a few people in the downstairs part of my department, who missed a few days of work.
Got a very kind condolence card for Arun from the Emergency Vet Clinic I took him to, which included a pawprint. That was touching, as was the sweet card my parents sent.
With the deep cold returned after the snow/rain/sleet mess of last Sunday and Monday, getting to the park and ride has been a challenge. I took the Minneapolis bus Monday and Tuesday, but didn't want to not get any exercise, or have to stand out there for a long wait when the below 0 temps came back. So--big blessing that I was able to dig out and use the ice cleats my wonderful mom left me. That made the walks in the below-0 temps Thursday and Friday a whole lot quicker and safer, as the paths are almost completely coated with bumpy ice, smooth ice, black ice, and hiding-under-snow ice.
Got surprised Friday evening by more snow than forecasted, which meant my bus was quite late, and the ride was long. BUT--it made for the most gorgeous walk home I've had in ages, with snow and jumbo snow falling, no wind so it being 4 F/-16 C almost felt balmy, the snowfall on the paths glittering like crazy, and the thickness of it under each streetlight was a wonder to stand and savor. Like being in a fairy tale, really--what a blessing!