A Cowboy’s Faith: Cold Weather Service Appreciated – Osage County Online

“It’s way below freezing outside and this house is getting cold all the time.”

The first major storm in almost a year had arrived and, of course, problems would arise. Fortunately, this ranch hasn’t had as much trouble as a number of others in the Midwest.

More importantly, all the outside fire hydrants were working, so the thirsty cattle had water. It didn’t take long for them to learn to immediately drink hot H2O from the tank, otherwise there would only be a big chunk of ice to lick.

The lights flashed several times and the computer had to restart, but the power came back quickly. Others just down the road unfortunately had the power outage for a long time.

Knowing this dilemma, the heart opened up to everyone without lights, without water and without heating. Those who had wood-burning stoves bragged about how comfortable they were.

Wood burning certainly has benefits and works well for many, but personal experiences have not been so positive. It’s not the job of chopping wood that’s the worst, although it takes time and strong backs. The problem here was a new system that never worked well, dirty, unsafe, and eventually removed.

Those who have a wood-fired furnace outside and well-diffused heat in the house claim its efficiency and comfort. Yet several homes have burned down in the past week with wood stoves in some way believed to be the cause.

Yes, the kitchen sink pipes on the north side of the house froze for a while, but thawed before they broke.

There was a fire in the propane-fired furnace and the electricity was on, but the house remained cold. Some mechanisms that circulate heat were out of balance, causing cold hands and noses and general chilling.

Nowadays, it can seem impossible to find someone to help you solve your problems on New Year’s Day. However, a ringtone to the correct number was answered and the repairman arrived before very long.

Wrapped in thick clothes with muddy boots, he very pleasantly deceived the stairs to the basement furnace. More than a handful of trips down the hall to check the thermostat, he admitted, “That’s an educated guess.”

Fortunately, the heating engineer knew what he was doing. Good service is certainly appreciated.

Remember Isaiah 59:16: “He stepped in to help with his vast abilities.”


030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a longtime Alta Vista rancher, lifelong journal writer, national unionized farm writer, and radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.


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