Looking back at the month of January, I noticed some interesting things. In retrospect, the month seemed very long to me. Maybe it has to do with all the unusual events that took place.
At the beginning of January, I think most of our nation was affected by an extreme cold snap. Here in north Texas, temperatures were near freezing for several days with nighttime temperatures dropping into the teens. The wind chill factor made it brutal, especially at night. Fortunately, we had very little precipitation.
In anticipation of the unusually cold temps, I enclosed an area on the porch to give the dogs and cats a place to get out of the wind and stay warm. We have a heat lamp over one of the dog beds so that was the perfect place to build a dog fort.
Basically, I arranged the furniture on the porch to support cardboard from boxes that I opened up to make the walls. Then I put on top of the enclosure a small aluminum gate which held blankets that I threw over top to make the ceiling.
During the coldest nights, the temperature of the area under the heat lamp was near 60 degrees. Many times I counted 2 dogs and 2 cats huddled in there. Most of the cats opted to stay in the house since we were home over the weekend. One day during the week, I even let them stay inside while we were at work. I never do that because I know the youngsters get themselves into trouble.
Once we thawed I out, I discovered several broken pipes outside. One was in the barn, and a couple were on our sprinkler systems. With temperatures that cold, I was expecting it. We try to insulate everything well, but it wasn’t good enough this time.
Later in the month, we had wild fires scattered around the countryside. Since winter has seen little rain, everything is particularly dry. For whatever caused the sparks, high winds on several different days fueled the fire. Hundreds of acres were burned, but I think firefighters kept the flames from catching any houses on fire.
And right at the end of the month we had a blue moon, which was also a super moon at the same time there was a lunar eclipse. We happened to be driving to work during the eclipse; it is such a strange thing to witness. I am surprised that there weren’t a lot of accidents on the road.
For the last 2 weeks, my husband and I have been feeling so tired throughout the day. Some mornings I woke up still feeling tired. There were many days that I wanted desperately to take a nap. Sometimes, I was worn out by mid-morning. Even this weekend I have been feeling tired and lazy.
I attribute the exhaustion to the full moon and eclipse. The moon has such a big effect on the earth that it just makes sense. The tides are controlled by the moon, and so are many cycles in nature. Hopefully, in another week or so we will be feeling more rested and energized.
I know that this year many important things are going to happen. The wildness with which January experienced could be telling us to be prepared to take action. Good things don’t come by accident, so we need to be ready to handle whatever comes our way.
That’s what being in the right place at the right time is all about; being ready to make the most of the situation enhances the outcome for success and prosperity. I intend to be ready.
I hope your weekend was a great one. May next week be gentle and productive.
1 Corinthians 2:9 This what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”