Monday, December 14

Somewhere It's Warm - UPDATE

Eleven months ago yesterday (15th January), I posted "Somewhere It's Warm". Re-reading it recently, it sounds just plain whiny compared to events of the past few days...

All last week, the furnace acted "funny". Sometimes it would come on and not go off. Sometimes it wouldn't come on at all on "Auto", only if manually switched to "On". Then I'd have to turn it off before leaving home for more than a few minutes.

On Friday, I asked Maintenance to have a look.

"Just the thermostat", he said, and installed a new one.

We wish that's all it was. By 6:30, the nice new digital thermostat showed the temp in the flat was 66F. By morning, it was 63. Brrrrrrrrrrrrr

Granted, I could've called in an emergency repair request, but I hated to make anyone come out on a cold night. Instead, I put on extra blankets and toughed it out until morning.

The diagnosis: the elements in the furnace were worn out...but couldn't be replaced until Monday.

While the furnace was undergoing major surgery, I left to run a few errands. The official temp Monday morning was 14F, but factor in wind chill and the real temp was ZERO.

Was I surprised the heater in my car chose that day to stop working?

Of course not.

When the heat in one's home and one's car both quit at the same time, the Universe is strongly hinting that one should move where it's warm this time of year, using the Snow Shovel Recognition Method for relocation:

Tie a snow shovel to the front of the car and drive south.
Move to the first place someone says:
"What's that thing on the front of your car?".

For the record, every year around this time I vow to move to a warmer clime, but haven't done so yet, and unless I win the Big Lottery (enough to live in England permanently), probably never will.

Happy holidays!

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Nora Johnson said...

Hi Jamagenie!
Just briefly stopping by with my very best wishes for Xmas and the New Year! Can’t tell you how much I’ve missed you & your terrific posts since my last visit - but hope to see you very soon back at my place where I’ve just posted my latest Christmas Lola Lifeline! All the best & see you again soon!


pinkpackrat said...

Brrrr Jama-- I know what the wind sweeping down the plains can feel like--I remember horizontal snow and white outs. Hoping that all is fixed now and you are toasty warm for Santa's visit. For what it's worth it's cold here too and we are expecting a major snowstorm over the week-end.

Duchess of Tea said...

My darling I wish you and yours all the joy, love, hope, blessings, peace, laughter, miracles, good health and boundless wealth during this holiday season and always.

Love & Hugs

Nora Johnson said...

A very Happy New Year to you & yours!
It’s been a wonderful year knowing you! Only sorry I’m not able because of work to get out & visit yr great site more often!

XoXo Lola & Nora:)

LondonGirl said...

Hope you are nice and warm, now!

It's bucketing down with snow in London, in our coldest spell of weather since (apparently) 1981. So don't get too excited about English weather!

JamaGenie said...

Only the imminent arrival of the new grandbaby could make me leave warm and cozy at the crack of dawn tomorrow morning, and more snow is expected mid-morning. At least it's a scheduled C-section.

LG, you have my sympathies, since we're having the same weather as you here in the Midwest. Australia (or anywhere south of the snow belt) is sounding p-r-e-t-t-y good right now!

Happy New Year!

Frieda Babbley said...

I'm going to have to try the snow shovel trick. We are covered with snow over here. Thank goodness I prepared. And can you believe it's so cold that even the kids don't want to go out to play in the beautiful fresh snow? I'm glad all go sorted in the heater situations before all of this hit.
I have to say the oddest thing about Christmas this year was the realization that so many of my friends actually spent Christmas sweating in the heat of summer. Some entered the New Year via bush fires (in Victoria, Australia). It boggles the mind.