Grrrrrrr.... and Brrrrrr

It's not a good sign when you come home from your first day back at work to a cold house.

And it's not a great sign when you spend all evening watching your thermostat slowly dip lower and lower... despite frantic attempts to follow complex instruction books and user manuals.

It's an even worse sign when you wake up at 4 am to a freezing house, even though you THOUGHT you had the problem solved at 1 am.

Yup, all the signs point to the feared "Furnace On The Fritz".

And the timing couldn't have been worse. Of course, this HAD to happen:

- In January... when it is - 20 C outside.

- Only days after extravagent holiday spending.

- On what would have been my second day back to work after two weeks vacation.

Thank goodness we have a never-fail low-tech Backup System:

Fireplace
... as I was assured by the heating company that the repairman will be here "sometime this afternoon".

Damn well better be. We bought our top-of-the-line, energy-efficient furnace from them just a little over a year ago.

Now where the heck are those marshmallows?

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Worker Mommy said...

As much as a cold house sucks you gotta love a nice fire. Git a warm blanket and snuggle w/hubs and your pets!

And don't you just hate the "windows" of time they give you for repair technicians to come out. It's always a 4 hour window that they give us and of course the person never shows up until 5 minute before that 4th hour....annoying!

Worker Mommy said...

HaHa...I see that I said "git" oops...I meant "get"

nell said...

Not jealous of your broken furnace - totally jealous of your roaring fire. Mmmm, fire. Hope they get you fixed up quick.

Kathy said...

Only a year old? You better not have to pay one red cent for the repair. Hope you're warm and cozy soon (if you aren't already).

p.s. I guess it wouldn't help to tell you I live in the northeast and we enjoyed a 70 degree day today, right? I expect snow around now, but I'll take balmy any day!

Maureen said...

Well the guy finally got here at 6 pm.... yup, here I was waiting all day, (how did you guess Worker Mommy?) so I snuggled up in a robe over my clothes by the fireplace, stoking it like a pioneer woman every 1/2 hour or so. Good thing we have a huge wood pile in the garage, all nice a dry (well, it WAS huge before today).

At least it is fixed up now. And no Kathy, no huge bill; we just paid a small fee to give it a good cleaning as one of the tubes was blocked. Probably due to us having three cats and a dog.

It sure feels good to be warm again :) especially since it also snowed today. (So jealous of your weather, Kathy!)

Sweet Irene said...

Too bad about the furnace, but the fire looks lovely.

Vegas Princess said...

Hope you got the warranty! :) Good luck to getting it fixed, I was cold just reading this post.

Curly Glamour Girlie said...

Yikes. Luckily you have a backup system, which seems almost better than the primary system!

We've got unseasonably warm weather this week, but I'll sure as heck take it!

toners said...

Glad you got it fixed! These things always happen at the worst times :) The fire looks beautiful though!

VE said...

Look at the bright side; you can practice ice fishing in your bathtub...

Ann(ie) said...

That sucks!!! But, I love me a fire and a blanket! So cozy!

Maureen said...

Yes, having a real wood-burning fireplace in the living room is great... something I insisted on when we built this house years ago; I got spoiled in our first side-by-side which had a fireplace. When we built this house, the bricklayer was so nice, he built us a stone fireplace right up to the ceiling (he was supposed to go just to the mantle). I love it.

But I would rather use it when I WANT to, not when I HAVE to... ;)

Canadian flake said...

wow the fire looks wonderful...so sorry about the furnace but glad ya got it all fixed up...

Jill said...

I looooooooooooooooooooooove apartment living. Love it! One phone call solves everything. Anyway, hope the furnace is back to life!

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