Maybe it’s because I still get and pay bills the old-fashioned way – open an envelope, look at a sheet of paper, have a heart attack – but the big muscle in my chest fibrillated a little when I opened up my January bill from Oklahoma Natural Gas.
It was the highest ever. And a chart in the “explanations” part of the bill showed why:
My gas usage last month was off the chart – literally extending beyond the top line of the chart of my monthly gas usage over the past year.
It’s bowling me over.
See, my bowl usage was also off the charts. I’ve eaten out of bowls so much lately, I couldn’t run the dishwasher often enough, so I actually had to buy more bowls.
Everyone else’s gas usage was up in Oklahoma, I imagine. It’s one way we’re all paying for an actual winter.
It’s been winter all winter this winter, for a change. And I like it. The hot bowls, too.
Give me steady cold, gray days in January and February, some fun snow, maybe even a little sleet, and a hot, steaming bowl of something – just keep the freezing rain and ice, please.
Come summer, give me sunny days with blue skies and big, puffy white clouds. In between, I’ll take spring and fall, unpredictable as usual.
I could get used to this having one season at a time.
So, I’m not complaining about the cost of natural gas, per se – just noting how much we’ve spent on it lately. It’s worth it. Paying a chart-busting monthly bill in the dead of winter is OK when gas bills shrink to less than the cost of a dinner date in the heat of summer.