Gas is playing a big and sometimes scary role in my life recently. Not that kind of gas, you goobers!
When I came home yesterday, as I got close to the door, I smelled gas. I thought, "Oh, no. I have a gas leak." I cautiously opened the door, and it was strong in the house. I quickly opened windows, turned on fans, and when I walked past the stove I heard a slight hiss. Sure enough, a burner was left barely on and was leaking gas. It took about a half hour to get it cleared. Thank goodness the birds were alive! I wasn't so worried about the dogs; they were outside.
When Linda got home we figured out what happened. Her stove turned off the opposite of mine, so she thought it was off when it was on very low. I figure that during the day, the strong winds came in through the hood vent and blew out the flame, allowing gas to escape into the house. She felt really bad about it, but I figured it could happen to me as well. I once left a burner on for about an hour. Stuff happens!
A couple hours ago I was beginning to fix macaroni and cheese, that wonderful special recipe I found a while back, for the potluck tonight. I turned on a burner under a pan of water for the pasta, and went about my business mixing the cheeses and other stuff. After about 10 minutes, I noticed that the water was hot but not boiling. Hmm?
I looked, and the flame from the burner was fairly low. I turned on another burner, and it was the same. I called the gas company and told them I was getting low gas output. They asked where I lived, and immediately, she told me that a gas line in our area had been cut. Just then I looked at the stove, and my flame was back to normal. I told her that, thanked her and hung up.
The flame was up and down, but most of the time it was OK. I got the macaroni started, then looked out my front window and saw a gas truck in the street. I walked down to see what was going on, and guess what? The line was cut right in front of my house! They are out here today grading the roads and resurfacing them, and one of the graders clipped it EXACTLY where the phone line is always getting cut!!
I'm guessing the gas company will move the line. I'm still waiting for the independent contractor to get out here and put in a permanent line for me on the phone. Hopefully, I'll get him to move the phone line, as well.
There you go. My last 24 hours have been a real gas!!!
Yeah, I know, I'm corny. I'm OK with it!