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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Life Happens...

Be kind to the woman on the corner holding out her tin cup. She just found out her 25-year old heating and air-conditioning unit is ker-flooey. Just the news you want a month before Christmas, isn't it? While temperatures have gotten a bit chillier here, we've been comfy enough in the evenings wearing sweats and adding another blanket to the beds. I am hoping we have the whole thing replaced by the end of the week so I don't have to head into Thanksgiving week with repairman wandering around. Also, it would be nice to have heat. Heh.

Now that we are over the initial shock that we have to replace the unit and the heart stopping cost, I'm philosophical. GG has survived yet another lay off at work and another pay cut. My job is going very well. At this point we are thrilled we are working and able to buy the new heat/ac unit. I've mostly been focused on being positive and optimistic that the economy is going to improve, and am hoping (and praying) that we see some change the first 6 months of 2010.

I'm off to do something more fun now, like write a book review, or read, or nag GG to make pancakes for breakfast.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't it seem like things like this always happen at the worst times?


10:30 AM PST  
Blogger ~ames~ said...

It's good to have a positive attitude, Rosie. :P You'll see how things work out.

Hopefully the unit gets replaced quickly.

2:16 PM PST  
Blogger Lori said...

Ugh. We had to do this a couple years ago. And it always seems to happen right at the holidays, too. But you're right - it's good that you have jobs and can afford to replace it.

2:25 PM PST  
Blogger Wendy said...

Either during the holidays, or it waits to crap out during a heat wave and/or cold spell. It's never at a convenient time.

I hope you can get it replaced soon too! Nothing worse than having to deal with it, when you're also planning Thanksgiving festivities.

3:18 PM PST  
Blogger Christine said...

Ugh!! Hopefully the replacement will go smoothly and you'll end up with a more efficient system in the end. Of course you're going to feel anxious over the finances and all, but overall I think you've got the right attitude, Rosie. Hang in there.

4:10 PM PST  
Blogger Blanche said...

Oh no Rosie! Mine is 23 years old........fingers crossed we get another couple of years out of it!

I hope you get it replaced soon!

6:07 PM PST  
Blogger Rosie said...

Barbara, yes! OTOH is there ever a good time for a major issue with the house? NO!

ames, you know when you have friends and family facing the holidays who don't have jobs, families separated from a loved one serving overseas in one of the wars, it's pretty dang tough to feel sorry for yourself. It's all about perspective.

Lori, tell me now. Was it horrible or just expensive? I can almost *gulp* part with the money better than I can thinking about a big fracking mess in my house.

Wendy, we did about 3 hours of research yesterday and already have 3 bids. We've chosen one and hopefully they can get on it this week. It's getting a wee bit chilly in these here parts.

Hopefully the replacement will go smoothly and you'll end up with a more efficient system in the end. From your lips to God's ears Christine.

Blanche, ours was all electric because 25 years ago when the house was built there wasn't any gas in this area. Since the house is plumbed for gas we are switching to a gas/electric unit this time. Anyway, it was the electric heat pump that went out, so how knows, if you don't have a heat pump you might be okay.

8:32 PM PST  
Blogger CindyS said...

Being the voice of uh, stuff that has to be looked at every once in a while. I would say 25 years for a furnace is pretty darn good!

Not what you want to hear ;) Trust me, Bob talks about our eavestrough and (dang, forget the name now) and how it's just horrible. I wouldn't have a clue but I guess it'll have to be done. After all the other stuff.

I'm glad GG has survived more cuts. I keep counting our blessings as Bob has a job and although the new year will bring a few challenges we're luckier than a lot of people out there.

I hope you can get a payment plan that lessens the financial outlay.


9:22 PM PST  
Blogger Tara Marie said...

Yikes, new heat/ac. If you lived in NY I'd loan you my BIL--heat/ac is his specialty. Every family needs a plumber.

We understand job cuts and pay cuts. My hubby is working more hours with a 20% pay cut this year--but he has a job, given his industry this is a good thing.

11:17 PM PST  
Blogger azteclady said...


*sending good thoughts your way*

(and what Christine said)

7:11 AM PST  
Blogger nath said...

Awww, really sorry that it broke down, Rosie... but like Cindy said, 25 years of service is pretty good :)

Definitively hope all will be done and behind by next weeks for the holidays :D

book review? Where? :P

5:32 PM PST  
Blogger Lori said...

It was just expensive for us. Not horrid. We have a great guy that we use, that we found totally by accident. We had to do both in the same year. Ugh. But our AC is outside and the heater is inside. Not sure what your setup is. The heater was about just over half the cost of the AC for us. I honestly have no idea how much it would be if you have a single unit. Do they even still do single units?

12:54 AM PST  
Blogger Rosie said...

Thanks for the support everyone. Gas company still hasn't gotten back to us, although we did a few hours of research last weekend and know which unit we are getting now. We also bought electric blankets because layering blankets just wasn't enough to keep us warm at night.

Now if we could just get the ball rolling before the temperatures get any lower...

6:43 AM PST  

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