TMP — Cold Days Ahead

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off.

I’ve been struggling with high gas and electric bills since I moved into my house three years ago. A large portion of those bills goes for heating our home in the winter and cooling it in the summer. Our current traditional air conditioning unit and gas furnace is about ten years old, and by today’s standards is not very efficient. It struggles to keep our home toasty in the winter and cool in the summer. And twice last summer, during some 100+ degree heat waves, our air conditioning unit crapped out on us, requiring an expensive emergency service call and parts replacements.

So rather than continuing to deal with an old, inefficient, prone to failure HVAC system, I decided to upgrade to a highly efficient, all electric heat pump system. Installation is scheduled to start tomorrow and to take three days, maybe four if the installation crew runs into any unanticipated problems.

That, however, is not my peeve. My peeve is that first thing tomorrow, the installation crew will be removing my gas furnace. Thus, it probably won’t be until Thursday, at best, before our newly installed heat pump will start keeping our house warm. Hence, we will have no heat in our home for the next three to four days. And here’s our local forecast for that period:

We are going to be freezing our asses off with no heat once they turn off the gas and remove our furnace. Brrr.

I ordered two electric space heaters from Amazon that should be delivered today. One for the family room and the other for our bedroom. But how well will two space heaters keep us warm until our new heat pump starts warming our home?

So, in addition to living in the chaos of a construction zone for the next three to four days, we’ll also be experiencing what it’s like to live inside a refrigerator. I’m expecting frostbite on my fingers and toes.

Okay, I’m done with this peeve. Hopefully, for Paula’s TGIF on Friday, I’ll be able to post about how my home is nice and toasty again.

Share Your World — 02/27/2023

Share Your World

Di, at Pensitivity101, is our host for Share Your World each week. Here are her SYW questions for this week.

  1. Did you attend Sunday School at your local church as a child? No, our family was not religious and we did not attend church regularly.
  2. Did you attend after school classes (e.g., drama, sports) as a teenager? With both parents working, I was a latchkey kid and would spend many after school hours at the local recreation center, doing arts and crafts or participating in various sports.
  3. Did you go to evening classes after you had left school? After I graduated from college and was working full time, I attended night classes at an urban university where I earned my master’s degree.
  4. Do you now belong to any groups/meetings (e.g., WI, single (not dating), young mums, slimming clubs, young wives, men’s hobbies)? Nope.


I am grateful that, between Medicare, the federal government’s healthcare coverage for seniors, and my Medicare Supplement plan through private insurance, almost all of my expenses related to my broken hip and broken humerus, including ER care, hospitalization, and rehab, have been covered. So far, anyway.

FOWC with Fandango — Hinder


It’s February 27, 2023. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “hinder.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. Show them some love.