Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Thankful for Friends, Furnace, and Funds

It's colder now than it has been all year...not just outside, but in my house too!!!!

AHHHHH!!! When Ryan and I got home last night, the house was about 50 degrees. It still felt a lot better than it did outside, but man, that's cold!!!

We knew there was nothing we could do last night, so we dug out the dog's sweaters and got them all bundled up. We pulled the space heater out of the garage and turned it up full blast, got in our comfy pants from Grammy, and curled up on the couch with all four dogs under the blankets with us. It wasn't bad, really.

A little while before we went to bed, we moved the heater to our bedroom and closed the door. By the time we went to bed, our room was nice and toasty. We piled the blankets on, and let all the dogs sleep in our room. Normally we don't do that. Jerry is the only one who sleeps in our room most of the time, but it was just too cold everywhere else. They were all good puppies. They didn't wake us up or make any messes or chew anything up....actually, I was a little surprised.

By the time we got up this morning, the house was about 45 degrees. It was so hard to get out of bed. We called our friend Russ (he was in the Super Bowl pictures) because he worked in heating and cooling before he started his electrician's apprenticeship. We got lucky because he had the day off due to the weather. He was at our house within a half hour of the time we called him. That's quicker than any repairman EVER!!!

Turns out the motor died. I had been warned that the motor was on it's last leg the last time I had the furnace worked on. So I guess it was just a matter of time. Luckily, since Russ is a good friend of ours, we had no labor fees....we'll probably buy him a case of beer. The motor only cost a little over a hundred bucks, so that was a lot better than I thought it was gonna be. The great thing is....I actually have the money for a change.

It's so nice to be able to take care of those little emergencies right when they happen instead of having to wait for the next paycheck. I'm so thankful that I have been able to get back on my feet financially after all this divorce crap. Had this happened two years ago, I would have either borrowed the money and been in more debt to someone, or I would've just dealt with it and lived with space heaters for the rest of the winter. I don't have to live like that anymore, and I love it!!

So, today, I am thankful for my friends, my furnace, and my funds.........


Andrea said...

Wow!!! Thank God for good friends who know how to fix stuff!

Rich and I have an issue with this house right now, have you heard about it?

We have a pipe leaking in the slab! They think it's under the master bath floor - so they get to jackhammer our floor - once they figure out where it is - and fix it. We're hoping to get new bathroom fixtures out of the deal but we're not exactly sure where the leak is yet.

Of course it's HOT water leaking so it's costing us a fortune to keep the ground warm.

The result of the leak (and besides the 300.00 light bill - the reason we know there's a problem) is our bathroom floor is suddenly heated - which I'll tell ya one thing - it's freakin awesome to have a heated floor - just not this way.

alli-gal said...

After all the trouble I've had in my house, I totally understand why Ryan never wants to live on a slab again. i want a great big basement someday!!!

But heated floors....that sounds like a great idea!!!