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You've done everything that you can do to winterize your home and get ready for those winter storms: Weather-stripped your doors, caulked windows, and you've trimmed back your trees and got rid of dead limbs. You've even wrapped your pipes to make sure nothing freezes during those cold winter blizzards. But now you think you want to put storm shutters on your windows to protect your home even further from that harsh winter weather. Where do you find winter storm shutters?

Winter storm shutters are the same as those used to protect homes during hurricanes and tropical storms. They cover your windows and doors and keep you safe from the high winds, ice, and heavy snow of winter, just as they would protect you from rain, missile impacts, and high winds during tropical storms.

These shutters are wind-rated and impact missile tested, and this is to your benefit during a winter blizzard just as it would be during a hurricane. During blizzards, wind gusts can reach hurricane force, and objects thrown by the storm are just as damaging as they would be during any other storm. When a winter storm is imminent, they can be closed in a matter of minutes and the safety of your home is accomplished quickly and with minimal effort.

There are some added advantages to adding these to your home as well; heat loss is kept to a minimum when they are installed on your home. No matter how well you caulk and insulate, there is always going to be some air-flow around the windows. Storm shutters are an added barrier against the cold weather, and additional barriers equal less heat loss. This lowers your utility bills (always a plus) and makes heating your home more efficient.

Any company that sells hurricane shutters can install winter storm shutters on your home. Make sure to choose a reputable company; research them thoroughly, and read the reviews on their sites and elsewhere. There are many to choose from; storm shutters come in a variety of styles and colors, and can be custom-fit to any window or door, no matter the size or odd shape.

Some of you who know me personally, know that I have a little blind dog name Peanut, you would never know he was blind, because his other senses kick in. When I came into Peanut life, yes I came into his life about 5 years ago and when I shared with my daughter that he was blind she said, that figures, you are always seeking out the down and out, the lost and found,

the less fortunate, anyone that has a handicap is your thing mother, we laughed because I would always joke that I must be wearing a sign on my forehead that only people in need see, because I can be in the midst of a million people and someone with problems will find me in the midst of that millions of people looking for help, so goes the story of my life and then I'm on the mission to save the world.

Anyway, Peanut walks around like he owns the world, roam the yard as if he knows where to go and where not to go, that's why someone would question if he is blind. He has such an amazing gift about him, because although he is blind and it would appear that he need assistance, he is always the one protecting the other dogs. Anyway something unique happened two nights ago, during the storm here in Wisconsin,

it was around 2:00 am and I was sleep and wasn't aware that a storm was taking place until I heard my husband telling Peanut to settle down, but Peanut who also sleeps in the bedroom in his little bed kept scratching my arm nervous from the

thunder, I was so sleepy, he was shaking uncontrollably, I did something I don't usually do and that is put him in the bed. My husband thought I had lost my mind, but I picked him up and I placed him in the bed in my arms like a baby and I said a few lines in the 23rd Psalm, 4th verse "Though I Walk Through The Valley Of The Shadow of Death, I Will Fear No Evil, For Thou Art With Me,

Thy Rod and Thy Staff They Comfort Me" Just as I finished that line of "They Comfort Me" Peanut was sleep,it was actually funny, because I said to my husband do you hear this dog snoring, the thunder and lightning was still flashing through the window, he was like a newborn babe, he was in my arms as I comforted him and stroked his body gently. I realize that's what our Heavenly Father does, He comforts us in

the midst of the storm, He brings us peace, if we just allow Him to lift us up and carry us in His arms, we too can sleep in peace and all of the fears of the thunder and lightning that comes with the storms of life, all God wants to do is comfort us, that's just what Peanut wanted some assurance and comfort that he was alright when I lifted him up in my arms and carried him while he slept, God prayers work not only for me but for Peanut also.

He guides Peanut everyday in protection, knowing that he is blind, he knows where to walk without walking into the door or danger, He walks in the same path everyday. God wants us to walk in the same path of righteousness everyday so that we won't fall or walk into something that will hurt us.