Last night, I put another knitted blanket on my bed for extra warmth and slept very well (daughter had a small space heater on in her room). The house registered 64F when I woke up, this morning, which is not horrible. Of course, you all know that I prefer the house to be at least 70F.
This morning, even before I had drunk my morning cup of tea, I called the gas company and explained about the heater going off. They asked a series of Covid-related questions, which I appreciated very much, because, according to our latest numbers, one in every three people in Los Angeles county is testing positive for Covid and, last week, there was one Covid-related death every 6 minutes in the the county; the more people taking precautions the better, in my opinion! They promised to send someone over today. They couldn't give me a time, but, assured me that it was on today's list of service calls. I verified that the technician will be wearing a mask and assured them that we will be masked up, too.
Approximately one hour later, one of their service technicians showed up! He checked the heater (a 15 point check, he said), found everything to be fine, the heater was venting properly and no gas leaks were detected, and relit the pilot light. He was a bit concerned about some soot marks on the wall on either side of the heater and asked me about them, but, I told him that they had been there for at least a couple of years. He said that it was an indication that there had been some earlier problems, but, everything seemed fine, now. He urged me to get a carbon monoxide detector and also to call for an annual service check, in the fall, that a technician will come out and make sure everything is fine before the winter heating season began. I shall definitely do that. There was no charge for the service call, which was an added bonus!
It has been a windy day, with gusts of strong winds blowing from time to time. Today's daytime highs are supposed to be in the mid to upper 60s, which is about the normal temperatures for this time of the year for us. Last week's 80s were unusual.
I made uppuma (or upma) for breakfast, which is made with semolina. Then, I brought in the trash cans from the curb (trash was collected this morning), practiced the piano, and did a load of laundry (the dust sheets from the family room sofas - I call them kitty fur protectors!)
It is afternoon as I write this. Plans for the rest of the day include watering the houseplants (garden might have to wait until tomorrow when it might be less windy), doing some paperwork, watching a little news, and piano lesson in the evening.
Today, I am grateful for:
- The gas company technician's visit
- A working heater
- The heater didn't need to be replaced
- No charge for the service call
- Weekly trash collection services
Today's joyful activity was getting the heater to work again!
How is your day progressing?