Srsly. I asked for adventure, to sleep less, spend more time out on my own Doing Stuff on my own terms, etc.
Last night I was getting annoyed that the LP furnace kept coming on (it’s loud) and making me turn up the volume on the TV. I turned the thermostat down to 60* in an effort to get some quiet.
Imagine my surprise when I awoke at 5:30 AM freezing my ass off. The dog was on the bed, huddled close, but unconcerned.*
I listened for awhile for the sound of the furnace kicking in. I saw my breath in the air. Fuck! Got up and checked the thermostat. All appeared fine. Threw on some clothes and went outside to make sure the propane tank wasn’t empty. Indicator says positive. It’s been cold here, and the propane tanks don’t have a cover, so maybe something got frozen?
Came back in and lit the propane cooktop. All systems go. The propane water heater is on and putting out hot water. Fuck.
Looks like the furnace is broken. There are “No Serviceable Parts” for the user – call a repair dude if something goes wrong.
Awana saw this coming. She uses an electric heater and told me (several times in fact) to get one first thing. “An electric heater and a dehumidifier – you need both right now. You never know when something will go out and you need a backup!” When I went shopping I looked at all the models but couldn’t decide. I had planned to ask her again today what she would recommend so I could make the most informed choice, but obviously it was too late for that.
So I found myself at Wal-Mart** at 0600 purchasing a heater. The gal at the checkout said that they had been selling that particular model like hotcakes and I would be very happy. I told her that my furnace in my RV went out, otherwise I wouldn’t have been there so early.
“Well, you were up anyway!” she said brightly. At my glare (totally autopilot, I swear, I meant nothing by it) she said, “you were up and freezing…” and glanced away.
I thanked her with as much enthusiasm as I can muster at this ungodly hour and departed.
My new indoor/outdoor thermometer currently reads 48.2* inside and 44.1* outside. Thankfully I have warm clothes or I would be sitting in my car with the heater on, trying to keep warm.
I wanted adventure, right? I can handle anything, right? What could go wrong? This little blip will be a good story about being prepared some time in the future 🙂
* I know – Bad Dog Mom. She’s a little stressed at all the change in her routine and just wanted to cuddle and I fell asleep before I could make her get back onto the floor to sleep. Dog Discipline has gone by the board! 🙂
** Shouldn’t have bad-mouthed Wal-Mart earlier – thank all that’s holy this particular store is open 24/7 or I don’t know what I would have done…