Baby, It’s Cold Inside

29 Dec

Our warm rainy day ended with a cold front coming through.  That means that we went from 50* F (10*C) on the 27th to a high of 28*F (-2.22*C) at midnight for the 28th.

Annie in the doorway and Bonnie outside

It also means that’s when my furnace decided to break down.  I called the repair man first thing in the morning, and he blessedly made it here right away.  Unfortunately, the part he needed to fix it won’t be here until January 2nd.  He did a hobbled fix and got the furnace going.  He also really recommended I have a CO detector since I didn’t have one in the house.

I was just getting ready to run to town to get one when my mom called and said she had a brand new one that her sister had given her.  I could use it.  Yay!  Well, about 10:15 that night, it went off.  Joy.  I decided not to believe it and hit the reset button.  But I got paranoid and read more directions and decided to unplug it and plug it back in.  I wasn’t paranoid.  There really was CO, and it immediately began sounding the alarm.  That means I had to catch all the cats and get them out to the soap room.  They were not happy with that arrangement.

Snickers

Sky got kicked outside for the night.  Poor boy.

Sky

I shut the furnace off and went to my dad’s house for the night.  I came back this morning, and the house was luckily only down to 52*F (11.11*C).  I was quite happy with that since we were all the way down to 10* F (-12.22*C) for our low.  I unplugged the CO detector and plugged it back in, and it didn’t go off!  I got my space heaters out and borrowed a couple from my dad.

Now we’re in survival mode until the part comes in.  I brought plants downstairs and shut the door to keep all of the heat on this one floor.

Leo was not happy with not getting to go sleep on his bed upstairs, but he’ll settle for napping on mine all day.

Leo

I think the only casuality (so far) is that one poor flower in the cut arrangement I got just before Christmas.

I’ll call it a win.

I’ve decided I’ll just sit here and work on my current knitting project–another baby blanket.

3 Responses to “Baby, It’s Cold Inside”

  1. Jeanne December 29, 2018 at 8:54 pm #

    WOW!! That’s scary! I’m thankful you got out of there and your critters, too! More people need to hear that information.

  2. Margaret Birding For Pleasure December 30, 2018 at 1:57 am #

    You and your critters are very fortunate. Thank you fr comments you have left over the past year and I will you and your family (and critters on the farm) a happy and healthy 2019 Teresa

  3. janicead December 30, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

    We no longer need CO2 detectors at our home, all electric. We lost a friend and his son to this as well as a friend’s DIL to this silent killer. Nay need to get one for our son’s home, though.

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