Shivering

Now yes… I did know we would need oil soon. But no… I did not go down to the basement to check. It’s icky down there. Damp, and clay, and cold, and dark. And, as fates would have it, at some point in the wee hours of the morning we ran out of oil. Again. I know this because I was woken by Husband shivering and tossing and shivering and tossing. The sound of the furnace hummm was not to be heard. The sound of Husband grumbling to himself was quite distinctive.

So, I got up (as clearly I wasn’t going to be able to sleep with all the tossing and shivering), vainly tapped the thermostat knowing it was fruitless, put more blankets on the girls, dug out the little microheater and turned on the kitchen electric heater, cursed the fact I didn’t have an extension cord to reach the living room, put on a sweater, and went back to bed. We do have another electric heater, but it blows fuses so we can’t use it. The only room we seem to be able to run one in situations like these is the kitchen, at the opposite end of the house to the living room.

Interestingly, we are finding that shivering is good for creativity. So far this morning we’ve come up with ideas for inventions that will chime when the oil tank is getting low, heaters for toilet seats, and a miriad of other ideas to warm bits from the toes to the nose.

So, while the day is off to a flying start, at least the brain is ticking. Now if I could think of an invention to get those kids out of those snug beds. Yep. This will be fun.

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2 Responses to “Shivering”


  1. 2 Alto2 March 9, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    When we lived in PA, we had automatic delivery of heating oil. The oil co. had some formula for scheduling their deliveries based on degree-days or something like that. Can you sign up for auto-delivery? I can’t imagine losing the heat in the middle of a Canadian winter. Brrr!


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