Tuesday, January 3, 2012

When Free Gas Isn't So Great...

is when it freezes off on the coldest day we've had this year. Woowee, it was cold in here when we got back from town. It's warmed up to a toasty 58.3 degrees in the kitchen. I had been thinking about taking out the big woodstove, but now? No way in the hot place would I do that now.

We're waiting on Doug the Well Tender to show up. I love winter and I love snow. I'm not much of a fan of a house with no heat though. Even the word fan is making me cold.

Thank goodness for the wood stove and fireplace! We'll be fine, we'll just be working a little harder until the gas is back on. Country life--it's full of surprises.

Now to put that monster pot of chili on the wood stove to heat. My poor Tappan isn't much help today.

12 comments:

Mary said...

Sorry for that glitch in the system. Is it something that can be fixed/prevented? Otherwise, thank goodness for the wood stove!

Granny Sue said...

The company said they'd been having problems today--a compressor went down and some other things. I don't know if that's the problem here or not. Guess we'll know when and if Doug the Tender shows up. (What a great handle for a guy!)

Michelle a.k.a. Farmchick said...

Glad to hear you have the wood stove for back up. Ours saved us a couple of years ago when we had no electric for a week.

Granny Sue said...

I know! My husband said we should keep it, I said we needed the space it was using. He loves to be right :)

The well tender came and found the problem. He'll fix it tomorrow and all should be well. Fingers crossed.

Warren said...

Sounds like fun! We bought our stove already...if only we had insulation or a chimney...I think we may add electric baseboards to our place too just in case.

Granny Sue said...

The baseboards are nice in a pinch. I think if we go away for a day or so, we'll start turning them on low--as you say, just in case.

B. WHITTINGTON said...

Think how our ancestors dealt with the cold. Not the same way we do that's for sure. I froze my butt off just getting in and out of the car today. It was frigid here.
Hope the gas is on again soon. Keep those fires going.
Blessings, Barb

Angela said...

Knock on wood! We've not had that problem with our free gas the entire 16 years we've lived here. I asked my husband who works for a gas company if there is anything you could do and he said something about putting antifreeze in a tank thing somewhere I guess at the wellhead. Your well tender should know about that! I know we don't have anything like that that I know of.

Hope it gets fixed because I know how cold it is. Our logs went out and my husband didn't get it back on soon enough so we are now paying a very big electric bill over it.

ELLOUISESTORY said...

Envy you that free gas - but not the glitches. Glad you have the woodstove -and can cook and keep warm. We love our woodstove - use is regularly - to help with the cost of gas - and its saved us every winter when we lose power during ice and/or snow. For now - hope you are snuggling and keeping
warm.

Ronda said...

That reminds me of many years ago when I was doing some volunteer work in Latvia and Lithuania. The gas, controlled by the state, was not even turned on to private homes until the end of October and, get this, the owning of a wood stove and cutting firewood were ILLEGAL! Trees were owned by the state. You couldn't BUY a wood stove or firewood! The people there had to struggle in so many ways. I could go on and on and...

Granny Sue said...

All is back to normal today! Yay!

Ronda, I cannot imagine living in a place where a person's choices were so limited. We forget so often how fortunate we are. Even with the gas frozen off, we had options--the baseboard heaters and kerosene heaters, the woodburners, and we could have gone to town and bought more if we needed them. To just not be able to do anything is unimaginable to me.

Anonymous said...

Jz ne dovolim,d ase do mene obnašaš kot do otroka. Gospod sm zate, Vi, torej vikananje, tikanja ne dovolim.

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