In December, I woke up one Sunday and noticed it was cold. I checked the thermostat, and the furnace had stopped again. (Well, it was still working, it just wasn't heating). I called the furnace company, and they got it working again. At that point, I knew it wasn't fixed, but they couldn't figure out what part was broken, so they couldn't fix it.
I was worried about leaving it, but I warned my house sitter and got on the plane. I was lucky - it didn't stop at all when I was gone.
I got back on Wednesday, and Friday night it stopped again. This time, it started spontaneously working as the guy from the furnace company arrived. By the time I went to bed, the house was warm again.
Saturday morning, I woke up to a house that had dropped to 9 degrees. The guy from the furnace company came out again and had a lot of trouble getting it going. (The one thing you don't want the guy fixing the furnace to say to you at 11 am on a cold Saturday is "Do you have enough firewood to make it to Monday?") Luckily, he got it going again, and he figured out what part needed replacing.
Saturday afternoon, it stopped again. I started calling around borrowing heaters from friends, and it spontaneously started working again.
Sunday, Wanda and I bought (and carried) a lot of firewood.
Monday I stayed home so they could fix it, and they had trouble getting the part. It wouldn't be in until Thursday.
Amazingly, the furnace continued working, and Thursday they came out and fixed it.
Now I just hope they replaced the right part.
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My new years resolution was to change the temperature in my car to Celcuis. I figured it out on January 2. That's two new things in a row, and January 3 I started wearing my new orthotics. I even considered trying to do a new thing every day, until the furnace went out and I was more focused on not freezing.
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Here's a picture of the many things I got from our family friends who are downsizing.