Winter Camping?

The Good: The shiny new refrigerator arrived the other day, and it’s working out great. And today we got local channels on DirecTV, so Calvin can watch Simpsons and we can watch the SuperBowl! Whoops, too late for that (luckily Jon and Briar invited us to their SuperBowl Party — thanks guys!).

The Bad: The furnace kicked the bucket last night, and we have no heat or hot water.

Well, it’s actually not so bad, tho it is a challenge keeping the house warm with just a little woodstove. The furnace was old when we moved in, and we’ll be a lot better off replacing it. Unfortunately winter is the busiest season for the furnace people, and it’s tough getting somebody to come out before next week. Two different guys are coming by tomorrow morning to take a look at it, and we’re hoping to get heat and hot water back soon.

In the meantime we’re just keeping the woodstove going, putting on an extra layer and heating pans of water for spongebaths. Luckily it’s not too cold outside (20s-30s), way better than if it was 20 below!

“It’s part of life here” — heard on a radio commercial this morning

Update 10pm: If you boil enough water on the stove you can take a bath without a hot water heater. Isn’t this how they did it a hundred years ago?

Update Thursday: The Benoure brothers install the new furnace first thing tomorrow morning. Thank you!

Update Friday, 6pm: The furnace is installed, heat and hot water are back, I’m off to take a very long hot shower…