“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”

It is 1:49 AM. I was up late, and it was getting cold. Because the thermostat is programmed to go to a lower temperature at 11:30, I went and moved it from automatic to manual and put up the heat. The furnace did not kick in. I turned the thermostat up a bit higher and still nothing. I went down the cellar and the furnace was silent so I came right upstairs and called the emergency service. The house is now down to 64˚. The pleasant woman who answered the phone at this ungodly hour said someone would be right there. Of all times for my furnace to die it has to be in the middle of a record breaking freeze.

I did some errands yesterday. One was to the hardware store, another for dog food and the third to the grocery store for toilet paper. I also bought two pieces of pizza for supper as a sort of reward for going out when the temperature was only 19˚.

The snow started before dark. It was a fluffy use a broom to clear sort of snow. The weather man even suggested using a leaf blower. I don’t know when the snow stopped, but it must have been quick as only an inch or so is on the lawn.

Gracie was shivering a bit. My hands are cold and so is my nose. Maddie is curled in a ball on the chair and sleeping soundly. I put an afghan on Grace, and she stopped shivering and has now fallen asleep. I’m glad the two of them are comfortable.

I checked the thermostat. We’re down to 62˚. It’s been longer than I expected for the furnace guy to come, but then I don’t know where he is coming from, and I’m guessing he was sleeping. Being roused at this hour to go out in the cold has to be unpleasant at best. Luckily I have a movie to watch: Alien Tornado. I’m thinking the title is a spoiler. I already know the plot.

I’m getting tired, but I know I can’t go to sleep not only because the repairman is coming but also because in every movie about people freezing they die if they fall asleep. Okay, I know that’s silly, but I couldn’t resist.

Girls scouts came today selling cookies. I didn’t really want any, but I figured they deserved to make a sale considering how cold it was. The oldest one said her mother told them not to come home until they’d sold at least half their cookies. She said they were just about there.

Today is going to be a nothing day. I don’t need to go out for anything except to bring Gracie out. I have another new book to read, and I’m really hoping I can say I’m going to be warm and cozy because I am neither right now. It has been almost an hour. I am getting impatient.

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10 Comments on ““Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.””

  1. BG Says:

    Wow, I just read this (I’m a night-owl) and am sitting here nice and warm and feeling bad for you. Hope you’re all fixed up furnace-wise, and sound asleep by now.

    PS I’m blogging again after a couple of years off. If you get thawed out later, take a look at the remodeled Geezer Music Club. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      BG,
      Nope, it is even colder, down to 57˚, and the furnace guy hasn’t shown. I’m about to call the company back as it is an hour and a half.

      I just called and the woman was quite upset that no-one came. She is going to get another call out for me. What”s that I said about falling asleep on the glacier?

      I’ve got your blog listed here on Coffee so I’ll hop over and check it out.

      • BG Says:

        That’s awful. I grumble all the time about poor service of one kind of another, but this kind has a high risk factor. Hope you can go to a neighbor if it gets extra cold.

        Good luck. . .I’m signing off for tonight. Hope to read tomorrow that all is well!

      • katry Says:

        BG,
        The guy called and said it would be $250 for him to come and then more if there is a big problem. He said he could come at 8. I said now!!

  2. olof1 Says:

    I saw this on Fb just now and I read the update too so I know You still don’t have any heat. I do hope You can get that part fast otherwise I guess You need to buy an electric heater of some kind. There are these small ones one just put in an electric socket. It is awful when freezing indoors!

    I’ll hold my thumbs!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      The company I called doesn’t have that part so I am calling a whole bunch of places. One said they’d get back to me. I’m still waiting. Because I am not a customer, the companies won’t service my furnace.

      I am freezing.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I read on FB that your furnace was up and running again. I’m glad that you are all warm at last.
    One of the oil heating companies posted on our local town FB group about not leaving your thermostat on automatic during this cold snap. He suggested putting it on manual and leaving it at one temperature for the duration. Something about pipes freezing. I do remember reading elsewhere that if your house temperature falls below 55ºF in winter, the pipes can still freeze, especially if they are on outside walls.

    But you are warm now and can get ready to welcome in 2018. I will probably fall asleep and wake up just as the ball is dropping. It’s tradition. 🙂
    Tomorrow is open house at a friend’s. I’ll be there catching up with people I haven’t seen since last NYD, eating good food and knitting with friends.

    Enjoy the evening and Happy New Year!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      The guy had it fixed in ten minutes. First he said he didn’t have the part then he thought he’d double check. He found a loose connection.

      My thermostat goes down to 65˚ at night which is still warmish. Most of my pipes are in my above ground cellar and few are against outside walls. My house did get down to 50˚ but it only stayed that way a short while though to me it felt like forever.

      I fell asleep after the Pats’ game. It was inevitable with only 4 hours sleep so I’ll probably be awake at midnight.

      I’ll stay at home tomorrow and watch the parade. I like the open house idea or a New Year’s brunch. Maybe I’ll give that dome thought for another year.

      Have a great time tomorrow!

      Happy New Year!!

  4. olof1 Says:

    I read that it all had been fixed last night 🙂
    Have a good continuing of this new year!

    Christer.


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