Monday, September 15, 2014


Just in case you didn't know...I'm hot stuff! Usually that's due to the occasional hot flash but today we have HEAT!! From the furnace!! Woohoo! (Let's not go into the fact that I'm super pissed that I have to even TURN ON the furnace in the frickin' middle of September!!)

I prayed for an easy fix and it couldn't have been any easier. Well, it could have been easier if I had just gone ahead and changed the batteries in the thermostat myself....doh!! I wondered about the batteries but since the fan worked and the furnace didn't (on the same thermostat)  I figured it had to be something else. Something big and expensive!

But...when the guy said how about a new thermostat I replied - let's try changing the batteries just in case...maybe they're too weak for the furnace but juicy enough for the fan. Who knows? Well, I gave the guy two new batteries and instantly the furnace kicked in! So now I have to pay a guy in the neighbourhood of $100 for changing two double A batteries for me. I could kick fact I think I will!

However, let's not lose sight of the fact that I HAVE HEAT!! And not the kind I generate myself :)

Dear Diary:
Oh my it's dark outside yet again. And it rained while I was out but at least the weather gods were nice enough to make it rain while I was in Walmart. Tonight Kazi, Steve and I are going to Kelsey's - I have a gift card :) And then we're going to see Phillip Seymour Hoffman's final movie "A Most Wanted Man" - that will be sad - and I have another gift card! :)

I packed my suitcase and my backpack but need to measure the backpack to see if it's ok for a carry on. Sure hope so, I'm running out of options. I checked the long range forecast and it's supposed to rain my first day of walking but not again after that for the whole trip. Obviously this is subject to change at the whim of the weather gods.

Gotta print off a map of Heathrow airport and also a map of all the bus routes as there are many free routes in the area and 2 that go right by my hotel. That should be fun:) getting from my terminal, get my suitcase, go through customs, find the bus depot, find the right bus, get on and hope for the best!! 

Little surprise in the mail today - a book called "Get by in Spanish"! Yes, I'm going to learn some rudimentary spanish as I hope to walk the Camino some time in the future and I'd like to be able to understand a wee bit of spanish. And it's supposed to be good for "mature" brains - help to keep dementia away :) 



  1. I feel your furnace pain. One time i accidentally flipped a wall switch off in my utility closet and i thought my AC had stopped working. I had a service call for the guy to flip the switch on. Oops.

  2. livingrichonthecheapSeptember 15, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    $100 well spent, just think of that service call as five years worth of battery changes - now you know that is what it was, if it happens again Jane will change it herself. Could have been WAY more expensive :) Wishing you good weather on your trip! Was the man cute at least or Mr plumber butt?

  3. We've actually gone through a time's really the time you get to the UK it'll be Christmas.
    Jane x

  4. UGG!! Don't you HATE that??!!! I am using Youtube diy videos a LOT these days just to try and cut costs like these... Not doing so hot yet...

  5. No kicking, that's rude!
    Hey, $100 isn't that bad. I would probably feel the same way as you but live and learn.
    Have a safe and fun trip!!!

  6. My sister walked the Camino in 2005. I would like to go some day as well.


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