Feb. 7th, 2016

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Yesterday was less than optimal. I woke up and thought to myself, geez, it seems awful cool. I looked at the time because it was pretty early and sometimes I wake up on weekends before the thermostat is set to goose the heat from the night setting. Nope, that's not it. So I look and it is 56' in the house and the battery light is flashing on the thermostat.

So I grumble and turn on the coffee and feed the cats so they don't consume me whole, and then get batteries out of the charger and pull the thermostat off the wall, put it the batteries, and put it back up. We keep a pot of water on the stove to keep some moisture in the house, so I click that on, and go sit on the couch with my ipad. A few minutes later, the coffee beeps and I get up and the flame on the stove is down to nothing. I realize I also haven't heard the heat go on and confirm this.

I turn the burner on the stove off and relight it. It flames into full strength and then quickly dies down to nothing. And then I realize, our gas meter is frozen and we have no heat, no stove, and no hot water. And this sucks. We call it in to the gas company and they assure us someone will come and fix it and Janna drags up a couple of space heaters we originally bought 20 or so years ago when the heat pump in our condo died back in Maryland. Thankfully, they actually still work and it starts to get slightly warmer.

Of course, we have a cathedral ceiling so it doesn't get really warm, but we do manage to get the temperature up into the 60s. And we sit down and wait. And wait. And wait. It's almost three o'clock before the van from National Grid arrives. We hold our breath until he agrees that it's the gas meter and he sets about fixing it. And we finally get our hot "morning" shower around 4 in the afternoon, just in time to start dinner.

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