Here at Sel and Poivre we've been embracing the climatic conditions by seeing just how close to the outdoor temps we can make it inside our humble home. And we're doing pretty well in that regard - as I type this, the thermostat reads 49 Fahrenheit (about 9 degrees celcius).
Actually, our well maintained, recently cleaned and relatively new high efficiency furnace experienced sudden and unexpected brain death mid morning Saturday. The nature of the replacement part we need, Holiday staffing of gas technicians or the lack thereof, weather and related driving conditions and furnace issues across the city yielded a comical series of events that, taken together, mean it will likely be tomorrow before we have heat again.
In the meantime, we've been making due with a couple of space heaters, the gas fireplace in the basement and a day yesterday of laundry and baking to keep the dryer and oven/stove contributing what they could. All those efforts kept our heat loss yesterday to a mere 5 degrees Celcius but by evening when a solution was not in sight we decided finally to take my sister's kind offer to let us stay with them at their house nearby.
So I've stopped by here to check on things and run the dishwasher and the water around the house. My beloved plans to drain the water tonight before we leave it again because if its not fixed until later on tomorrow by then we could well be within striking distance of freezing pipes.
Okay, that's it, my fingers are numb - the keyboard is so cold, just touching it makes my fingers ache! Thanks for dropping by!