Relying on a furnace

In the summer months, I am active, healthy, and happy.  I keep busy with all sorts of activities, from gardening to playing tennis with friends.  I host barbecues at my house, swim every morning, and lay in the sun whenever possible.  I don’t bother with air conditioning in my house, because I absolutely love the warm temperatures.  I don’t mind when the temperature climbs into the nineties, but when the humidity is so heavy it makes it hard to breathe.  I am just so happy for the blue skies and bright sunshine, and I wish it could last forever.  Unfortunately, the summer season is fairly short in my part of the country.  By September, it’s already turning colder and the days get much shorter.  It isn’t long before it’s snowing, and we need to start up the furnace.  At that point, I know that I will be stuck inside for months on end.  There will be no glimpse of the sun, and I will depend on my furnace to survival.  With the furnace running at all times, the air in the house gets way too dry.  The dry air causes me to have dry, itchy skin, chapped lips, and frizzy hair.  I pay a fortune in monthly gas bills, trying to keep warm, and I am bored out of my mind.  I don’t dare schedule any activities, because the icy roads can be super dangerous.  I just sit around and wait for spring to finally arrive.  If I do set foot outside, I need to bundle up in a million layers of sweaters, wool coats, hats, and gloves.  I waddle as fast as possible to my car, then let the heater run forever to warm it up enough to melt the ice on the windshield.  

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