OK, I feel better. I think. I have had my third gas issue. (If you don't remember the two previous gas issues, check here: http://noendingjourney.blogspot.com/2010/04/feeling-kinda-gassy.html) As you know, trouble always comes in threes, and after having two in close order, I was waiting for that third one. Well, I got it!
After the gas line was repaired, one of the workers came to the door and asked if I needed any pilot lights relit. I said no, thinking that the only pilot light I have is the furnace. If it was off, I wasn't worried because (1) it was warm enough that I didn't expect to use it till fall, and (2) I've lit the pilot light before, and it was no problem.
And then this morning I got out of bed.
Last night's low was down in the low 20s. I slept well, as I like the room pretty cool when I sleep. When I got out of bed, I could feel that it was pretty cool, but I slipped on a warm robe and went about making coffee. Around 7:45, I looked at the thermometer, and it was 28° outside .... and 48° inside. 4....8???? By 9:00 I was really feeling the chill, although the inside temp was up to 52°. I tried lighting the furnace, but it is windy outside this morning, and the air coming in the flue (or wherever) was blowing out the match before I could get it lit. I gave up. I called the gas company.
Less than an hour later, the young woman who was offering to light it the other day was at the door, and bless her, she had the furnace on in 30 seconds! She stayed and chatted with me for nearly half an hour. What a sweet young woman she is!
My inside temp is up to 66°. It is taking a while, since the walls and everything inside was cold, but trust me, it feels wonderful! The outside temp is just 45°, and while it was supposed to reach mid 50s today, I have doubt. There is a cold front moving through, and it is accompanied with enough wind to make it that much worse. It is supposed to warm up to the 60s and 70s over the next few days, and I'm looking forward to that. Right now my feet are still two size 8 ice cubes. That's just not right!