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    What I learned this week: Fans make a difference

    As the temperature soared to nearly 100 degrees early this week for the first time this season, I complained and complained about not having air-conditioning.

    When temps did the same the next day, I pulled from storage our nine fans (some oscillating, some box, some desk top) and placed them strategically around the house. Then Jim went and bought two more (window fans), and we added those to the strategy.

    The next day, as the temps rose yet again, I didn't complain about the heat. Because it wasn't all that hot in the house. Because of the fans.

    I thought to myself: With the help of fans, I can weather most anything.

    Then I considered how true that is — and not just because I have the humming and whirling of fan blades cooling things down throughout my house.

    See, it's been a tough week. Not as tough and heartbreaking as what many around me have faced in the last few days, yet still a challenge... for me. I've had two very important writing deadlines to meet in the midst of one of the more trying family times — for myriad reasons — that I've dealt with in a while. There's the heat and my cold that won't go away. And there's the Black Forest Fire, which doesn't affect me directly, but sure affects my heart, soul, and mind at a time that all three seemed at maximum capacity.

    Because of the tasks at hand, I've not been online much this week. Not on social media, not on my blog, not on the blogs of others, not reading and answering emails as I should. But every single time I did get online, I'd see something from Grandma's Briefs readers — be it number of visitors to my blog, Facebook updates, emails, tweets, or comments — that would warm my heart, make me smile, emphasize that there are people I've never, ever met who kindly and unselfishly support me and my words. People who are, for want of a better word (because this one sounds so vain, so egotistical), my fans.

    Such things I'd see online kept me going, in one way or another. They made a difference. I made it to Friday. I completed (most of) the week's tasks. I met deadlines by Thursday for which I, on Monday, considered requesting extensions. I accomplished the family stuff I set out to do, too. And I even found time to consider and pray and fret about the fire.

    So what I learned twice this week is this: With the help of fans, I can weather most anything. I'm incredibly thankful for fans. I'm incredibly thankful for you.

    Have a wonderful weekend! I hope to see you on Monday.

    (And please do continue to keep those affected by the Black Forest Fire in you thoughts and prayers. Thank you.)

    Today's question:

    What did you learn this week?

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    Reader Comments (10)

    hang in there and stay safe :)

    June 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdebra @ homespun

    So glad to read that fans (both kinds) have helped you through a difficult week. I'll continue to keep those affected by the Black Forest Fire in my prayers.

    This week I learned about the word derecho. Blessedly, it passed through Chicagoland without much damage beyond ruining my ladies night out plans. All is good!

    June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    Fans make such a difference here. Not so much in humid places, where the heat sticks to you, but here in Colorado, they are superb. I mostly stay in my basement on the hot days. It's so much cooler there.

    June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGinger Kay

    Thank goodness for fans! They really do make a huge difference.

    I don't think I learned anything this week and yet I spent every day this week at school! Of course it was all awards, parties and fun stuff and certainly the best week of the year for me! I love the last week of school.

    June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    Fan is a term I have never liked applying to myself, but I am definitely a fan of yours. Congrats on successfully negotiating a tough week! I hope that someday I will no longer be one of those people you have "never, ever met."

    June 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteraxiesdad

    I've learned that I've truly outgrown my "Born and Raised" Southern self, become acclimated to cooler life here in Colorado mountains and feel like I'm dying in fiercely hot weather.

    I've also learned that I feel truly pained, for my own people, my loved ones, but, also, many I've never even met, when their hearts are hurting. I pray for peace and comfort for so very many who have had a pain-filled week, and that includes you, my precious daughter. Continue to be strong and do feel comforted by your "fans" because you have a lot of them.

    June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    I will always be your fan. :)

    June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

    I learned I don't willingly want to spend another five days in a 8'x28' space with a husband and two grandchildren while it rains day and night. I also learned I want to make sure the laptop I take with me works on the hotspot because confined to a small space with a laptop that is a paper weight adds to the discomfort. Glad you made it through the week and I certainly understand and appreciate your comment about your 'fans.' Have a great weekend. :-)

    June 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJudy@grandparentsplus2

    I hope you have a better week and that you count me among your fans!
    I learned this week just how scared people are who come through the other side of a tornado. We had a tornado warning, and I sat in the dark closet (lost power shortly after entering) and listened to the storm raging while my heart pounded. There was a tornado in our county, but didn't touch down near us. It was very scary!

    June 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

    My house in NY had only window air conditioners, and not in every window--I hared the heat and humidity but found that a ceiling fan helped quite a bit! This Colorado house has central air and I'm loving it on the really hot days. I'm glad the Black Forest fire is almost all contained --hope it doesn't re-grow tomorrow. My biggest fear living here now is fire!

    June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat
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