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Tuesday November 19th 2013, 10:40 pm
Filed under: Family,Friends,Knit,Life

…And we have heat. For the first time all Fall, real heat. The fan kicked gently on, warmth wafting down, lovely, lovely.

And then the smoke alarm screamed bloody murder. DANGER! DANGER!

Okay, that’s pretty funny, actually. I hit the timer on the thing to quiet it while one of the helpers apologized that new furnaces often do set them off like that just right at first.

The alarm kept going, adamant. Huh. Oh–it only turns off for the kitchen sensor, not the others, Richard reminded me later. Oh okay.

I told the guy, reaching up to my ears, “Well, *I* can turn it off but I don’t know that that helps you any.” (Actually, I’m not sure he had any idea I wear hearing aids.) I opened the windows  and it went quickly silent. They had it on high to test it and between the competing air flows that furnace showed it was definitely up to anything going on outside.

One skein Finito superfine merino in Cereza paired with a few grams of black sparkly cashmere. One soft little cowl for Joe’s wife, worked on while he worked. If ever someone had earned a bit of warmth…

I’m remembering a reason to be glad the furnace is on the roof: when we were building our first house, I don’t know if it got encouragement from the crew that was perturbed that I’d pushed on them on their overdue project? “Will the house be done by Thanksgiving?”

They slowly turned in unison and stared me down.

Finally, “WHICH Thanksgiving, lady?”

I never smelled it before then, but somehow it got in there before we closed on the house the Tuesday before the Day of the Turkey.

For our first year, every time the blower kicked on, five or ten seconds later and there came our natural asthma treatment: skunked.


(Conversation just now: Me–Did you turn up the heat?


Me, disbelieving–Weren’t you warm enough?

Him–Yes, but I wanted to experience the heat.)

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Yay! Enjoy the heat!!

Our furnace is in our “attic” such as it is. They tried to install one that was too big for our closet and had to move it up there. (No, you don’t want to hear the whole story …)

Comment by Anne 11.20.13 @ 12:02 am

our house has two furnaces one in the basement that is natural gas and one in the garage that heats our garage apartment it sits on a platform above the washer and dryer, it’s a forced air boiler situation. Gets plenty hot up there, my son says even on the coldest days when he has it turned below 68 it still in the 80’s. Something about a south facing huge window.

Comment by Kris 11.20.13 @ 7:33 am

Hysterical – sounds like something my husband would do too. 🙂 Glad you have heat – makes life so much more pleasant.

Comment by Abby 11.20.13 @ 9:18 am

Warm! Warm! Warm!

Comment by LauraN 11.20.13 @ 11:30 pm

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