Just before the coldest night of the year, our furnace went out. Actually
both of our furnaces went out. We have two systems because our house is a
very sprawling ranch style so the systems are divided. Oh baby ~ it was
quite chilly in here this morning. We all spent the night under several quilts
(thank goodness I am a quilt lover) and retired really early to keep warm.
Bentley was in our bed under all of the quilts cuddled up as tight as he
could be next to me. I got up at 4:00 am this morning to let him out and
it was I think his all time record for doing "his business". Then back into
the cozy bed we climbed. We stayed there until it was time to put on lots of
layers of clothes and wait for Sean ~ our wonderful heating and air conditioning
savior to stop by.
Notice the look on Bentley's face. It is his why can't I go out and help Sean
fix the furnace mama look. Y'all know Bentley ~ he loves everyone who
stops by and can't always understand why he can't spend every moment with
While we were in Fredericksburg, our realtor, a really great fellow named
Jim, stopped by the little cottage we were staying in to give us some
paperwork on some houses we are considering. Jim came in and sat on the
sofa and Bentley jumped right up next to him, then jumped on the back of the
sofa and leaned over to give Jim a kiss on the cheek. He did this so
quickly that I hardly had time to correct Bentley. Fortunately Jim is an
animal lover so he was tickled by it. Then Bentley curled up close to Jim
and took a nap.
I call Bentley my little love bug.
Sean is a great guy who has fixed the problem ~ at least for now. I think we
are just going to bite the bullet and get a whole new system so we don't have to
go through this again. Well, there goes Christmas!
By the way ~ let's all thank Sean for his service. He is a Marine who spent
two tours in Afghanistan. So thankful to have wonderful soldiers like Sean
protecting our nation! He's the father of two great kids and a great friend too.
Always a smile on his face and lots of jokes and laughter.
Oh, and I didn't want to forget to tell you about a new book I am reading.
As I said, we turned in really early last night and I read for a while before
turning out the light. I started this mystery by Emily Brightwell. There are
quite a few titles in her Mrs. Jeffries series. This is the first one for me and
after just a few pages I was hooked. I discovered this author by reading
the website Cozy Mystery. I love to read cozies and if I run out of books
in a series I search for a new one. I am thinking that this series will help
to cure my longing for Downton Abbey until it returns.
One more thing before I sign off for the day. We who have homes that
are warm and cozy are so very lucky and I am so thankful. Being really
cold if just for a few hours made me be concerned for those who are
homeless and for those who cannot afford to properly heat their homes.
So many people suffer during the cold winters. I am trying to avoid
being political, but I wish that our local and federal government would
spend more time and money on addressing this issue. Many of our
veterans are homeless and I think it is shameful. I wish that we bloggers
collectively could find a way to help resolve this problem.
Bentley ~ it's toasty in the house once again. Sean
did a good job of getting everything back up and running
again. We may have a few more years on the old system yet!
Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley