“My house is my refuge, an emotional piece of architecture, not a cold piece of convenience.”

The morning was winter ugly, but now I see blue and slivers of the sun between the clouds. It will be close to 40˚, a balmy winter’s day. It is dump day.

My gas furnace is making scary noises. I just called for a service visit. It is overtime so I have to pay a fee upfront then by the hour, but that is so much cheaper than a new furnace. I told the guy to honk when he arrives so I can put the dog out.

When I was a kid, we had an oil furnace. On one side of the cellar was a fuel tank which held all the oil. The tank was black and it smelled like the oil. Right beside the tank was a small window. I remember playing in the cellar and seeing the sun coming through the window with its rays highlighting the dust.

My house is clean again. All the clumps of fur are gone, but it won’t take long before I pick black hair from the cats and white hair from the dog off the floor. Henry, despite his short hair, has white fur flying when he runs or plays. I’d brush him but he hates it. The cats love being brushed. Gwen purrs the whole time.

The TV is on, and I’m still switching back and forth between CNN and MSNBC. I know nothing much has changed since last night, but if something does, I don’t want to miss it.

The furnace guy is here is BREAK!

I’m back but some of my money isn’t. I paid for the emergency and also overtime for the repairman. I put Henry outside when the truck pulled up front. I know Henry wouldn’t hurt him, but Henry has one heck of a scary what are doing in my yard bark. When the guy was downstairs in the cellar, I let Henry in, and he ran upstairs though he did keep peeking at the guy who was filling out my receipt. The repairman said it was an induction motor. I asked how bad. He said bad. They’ll call on Monday with an estimate. He guessed around $800. I hate when things stop working.

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8 Comments on ““My house is my refuge, an emotional piece of architecture, not a cold piece of convenience.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today winter finally arrived. The temperature under cloudy skies was just below freezing. Right on time, about eleven, a few snow flakes mixed with cold rain started to fall. Of course nothing stuck and it’s already stopped percipating cold and nasty.

    My aunt and uncle had an oil burning furnace when I was teenager in NYC. The oil delivery man filled an underground tank every so often. I always wondered why my uncle didn’t buy a diesel powered car and fill it with the fuel oil. Back then the fuel oil, basically kerosine, basically diesel fuel. In those days the fuel oil was ten cents a gallon and gasoline was twenty two cents a gallon.

    Good luck with your furnace.

    Here’s a link to a video by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger about the events last week in Washington D.C.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-election-2020/arnold-schwarzenegger-donald-trump-worst-president-b1785107.html

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I did go to the dump, and it was cold. I can hear my furnace struggling to work. The repairman said he can only hope it lasts until Monday. I echo his hope, but I hate hearing the noise when the furnace blasts the hot air.

      Winter started in great style for you with a little snow. My sister in Colorado also got snow but only a few inches of the white stuff.

      The oilman came and dragged his huge hose to the covered tube through which the oil flowed to the big tank in the cellar.

      Thanks on the furnace. I hope the repairman was just taking a stab at the cost.

      Thanks for the link!

      • Bob Says:

        We’ve only had a few snow flurries at my house and nothing has stuck to the ground. The weatherman on TV last night said that we are in a snow drought. I know we were in a rain drought UT never heard of a snow draught

        The real problem is that Trump’s Republican enablers are still in Congress and ones like our Senator Ted Cruz is planning on running again for President in 2024. Trump’s supporters will remember that he stood up for Trump’s lie that the 2020 election was stolen. 🙁

      • katry Says:

        We did have an inch or two of snow during the only snow we’ve had. We were in drought conditions but got plenty of rain. Last winter we didn’t get our usual amount of snow so maybe we’ll get hit this year.

        Good luck to Cruz this time! What happened will come back to haunt him. We know democrats can mobilize. Look what they did in Georgia.

  2. Hedley Says:

    I had to go bigly right after Christmas, a heat exchange had gone on a furnace, the air conditioner units still used Freon and the repairs were $5,000. So I closed my eyes and replaced everything

    The good news is the furnaces are warranted until 2060, the bad news is that I am not sure that I will make it to 106 to fully benefit

    • Bob Says:

      You might make it to 106, but will you remember that you have the warranty. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      There is always the resale value of your house!!

      Every time my furnace comes on it is a struggle. I just hope it lasts until the morning. Luckily it is a replaceable part.


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