Finally warm! The weather turned cold last week and the furnace at Roseholme Cottage needed to be checked out -- but our service guys were booked solid 'til Halloween.
We dug up a 750 W (on low) forced-air space heater and kept the house at 58 (with occasional dips to 57 and that last degree is brutal), and a little warmer in whichever of three rooms in the back of the house it was aimed at. Between it, electric blankets, comforters and cats, we did okay. I simmered big pots of stew over the weekend, which kept the kitchen nice. (When I moved in, I added two new electrical circuits, one for the washroom and one for my bedroom. That's two dedicated circuits for just this kind of use. The washroom opens off the middle of the hall, so the heater sat just outside the door and I did without a blowdryer.)
Still, it was not entirely comfortable. When Tam called me Tuesday afternoon to report the central heating was back, I was greatly relieved. 68 degrees F is wonderful!
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