Wednesday, December 07, 2005

It's c-c-c-c-cold

Last night our furnace died. We bundled up and threw extra duvets on the beds. It went down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, which is -6.67 Celsius, overnight.

The furnace man came today. It doesn't look good. He had to order a new gas valve. It might come tomorrow. It might not. That might not even solve it. We might have to replace the whole thing. We might not. Nobody can say until the valve comes in.

We have a fire in the fireplace and fuel to keep it lit as long as we like. We have duvets. We have warm dogs. Our house's walls keep the wind out.

We have no working furnace, but reading the news, I wish I could share the warmth we do have.

1. Warning of or having dreadful or terrible consequences; calamitous.
2. Urgent; desperate.
[Latin dīrus, fearsome, terrible; akin to Greek deinos.]
"dire." The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 08 Dec. 2005.

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