Thankfulness, Day 3

Today I’m thankful for electric blankets, space heaters and heating pads (Pepper is especially thankful for the heating pad – she hogs it!).

A couple of weeks ago our gas furnace started making funny noises, so I got up in the middle of the night and turned it off. I’m a light sleeper, and it woke me up every time it kicked on.

Good thing Bruce was more afraid of it than I was (I had just wanted some dadgum sleep!) because he advised me to leave it off until we found out what was wrong. (I had been planning to turn it back on at daylight so I’d be warm as I got ready for work.)

A few days later we finally got someone to come out and look at it (don’t get me started on that ordeal!) and were told that the heat exchanger is cracked and we would’ve been sucking up carbon monoxide if we hadn’t shut the thing off. Bottom line: We have to replace the furnace.

A new unit is on order, but meantime we’re grateful that our friends Betsy and Tommy have loaned us their space heater and that we have little wall furnaces in our two bathrooms.

We’re also grateful for our two little four-legged, furry space heaters (even though Pepper thinks my heating pad belongs to her!).

Our new furnace should be in any day, and the dude will come and install it. A bonus is that we don’t live in Buffalo (Bruce’s hometown), where we’d be freezing our bee-hinds off!. We’re thankful for the relatively mild Arkansas fall weather.

And thankful that we’re saving money on the gas bill this month.

But we definitely will be grateful when the new furnace is installed and working.

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