Saturday, December 14, 2013

Ten Things of Thankful: Baby, It's Cold Outside (and Inside, too) Edition

I'm not sure that the rest of the world appreciates just how cold it really can get here in southern California.  In last week's Ten Things of Thankful post, I expressed gratitude for the guide dog puppy club canceling our entry in the parade.  Just so you can understand the kind of weather we've been dealing with, please watch the following:




I can't decide if my favorite line is, "Are those clouds?" or, "It might have snowed if the temperature would have dropped just a little bit more."  In any case, this whole report made me laugh, and I hope you enjoyed it, too.

This is the last week of the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop for 2013, but we will return (with aplomb, no less, our fearless leader Lizzi assures) in 2014.  I might even use a bit of aplomb this week, too.  It's been one of those weeks, but I won't burden you with my bigger concern.  I will, however, share my Ten Eleven Things of Thankful about some of my proverbial camel's straws:

Sunday morning, I awoke to a chilly bedroom.  No numbers glowed from the electronic thermostat, so I thought we would need to replace it.  Unfortunately, the thermostat wasn't the problem.  The furnace had died.  Thankfully: (1) Our house has two heating zones, and the furnace in the other side of the house still worked.  (2)  The furnace did not give out over Thanksgiving, or when we had our granddaughter staying with us.  (3) Because the guests were gone, John and I were able to sleep in the guest room, which still had heat. (4) The honest repairman came out Monday, and we had heat by the end of the day.  (5) He was able to fix (as oppose to replace) the furnace, thus (in an odd-way-of-figuring) saving us money.

Monday morning, as I was looking up the phone number for the heating repairman, I received an e-mail from the tenant of our rental property, informing us that their furnace was making strange noises and not putting out much heat.  Thankfully:  (6) The repairman also made service calls to the tenant's city.  (7) The furnace was still putting out some heat, so the tenants weren't freezing.  (8) The new furnace should last for at least 20 years.



This week, I am also thankful for (9) NyQuil, which allows me to sleep through the night, even with the cold I've developed, and (10) for doctors who have treated my newest granddaughter, who was admitted to the hospital after becoming jaundiced.  ( (11)She was released last night!)  



Please join us in our blog hop this week, enjoy your holidays, and anticipate the return of the hop come January!


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33 comments:

  1. SO pleased for #11. That most of all.

    And for you having such a top notch boilerguy to come and help and repair and replace.

    That clip had me CRACKING UP. I do love Jimmy Kimmel. Were those broadcasts for REAL?

    I'm so happy we've had mild weather lately. It's probably mostly been in the 50's.

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    1. Yes, those clips were bona fide news broadcasts! That's what makes the whole thing so funny! Every time we get even a chance of rain, the news channels all go on "Storm Watch." You'd think the world was coming to an end. Since I didn't grow up in southern California, I like to believe I still have an outsider's perspective, but I'm probably becoming a bit of a wimp myself. :-)

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    2. Oh, and I forgot to say that I'm sorry I misspelled your name. (As one who has her first and last name misspelled all the time, I should have been more careful.) I'm corrected it now.

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  2. I'm so glad that you're feeling better, and especially that your new granddaughter has recovered from the jaundice. We would really have a problem if our heat stopped working. We probably had to camp out with our neighbors, because they have a wood-fired oven on top of the central heat. Glad that your furnace could be fixed and didn't need repairing.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Kristi!!

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie. I hope you never lose heat, but if you do, what an adventure to camp out with neighbors! :-)

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  3. Oh that weather report is hilarious!! We're exactly the same here in the south-west of Western Australia. You should hear us bitch and moan when it starts to get windy. I'm sharing this to twitter :)

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    1. Well, of course, you have to consider wind-chill factor when it gets windy! :-)

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  4. I lived in LA for a short time and never heard so many complaints about 60 degree weather... it didn't make me a popular gal let me tell you... but cmon! Oh well...nuff said... stay warm! Poor jaundiced baby! Glad she's home!

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    1. I was so puzzled the first year I moved here from Washington state, and heard the locals complaining about "all the rain" we had that winter. I think I could count 5 times that it had rained!

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  5. Glad you're feeling better and that the new baby is home. Kidzilla had jaundice but we had not yet left the hospital due to delivery complications so they just whisked her right under the lights and got her taken care of.

    Those furnace issues - when it rains, I pours, right? Glad you have an awesome repair guy - that makes such a difference, doesn't it?

    Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Jaundice is fairly common, but I'm still relieved that my granddaughter is out of the hospital now.

      I just recently learned that my friend's husband works in heating/ac, so when the furnaces gave out, I knew just who to call. It is nice to have someone honest and competent.

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  6. I about rolled with that news report. They were chasing people to get them to talk about how cold it was. So funny. I hope all goes well for you the rest of the year. I will be putting up my 10 things soon, but wanted to visit around first and read everyone elses' posts. Glad i am because it is so enjoyable. :)

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    1. I did feel sorry for the one woman; it appeared that maybe she didn't speak English. I know I would have been uncomfortable if I had been chased by a news reporter who spoke a foreign-to-me language. However, I still laugh every time I watch the montage. Everyone, including the oranges, was feeling a little cold! :-)

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  7. I do love our newscasters! And oh they can over react. Having said that -- it has been cold! Whine, whine! I grew up in Michigan so I do understand cold but I also understand it isn't supposed to get down in the 30s and Disneyland! I do know I am very lucky not to be a lot colder!

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    1. Oh, I agree it has been cold. Maybe not compared to much of the nation, but it still has been nippy. While I am complaining of the cold, I am laughing at the news report, though!

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  8. The weather report was hilarious... I actually giggled! So glad your daughter is back home ...enjoy the rest of the week and hope you feel better soon Marisa

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    1. Thanks. I managed to sing with the choir today, so I think I'm finally on the tail-end of this cold. I'm not sure I contributed much, but at least I don't think I detracted. :-)

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  9. That video made me totally giggle. I am in NY and only am wishing for 60 degrees right now, because it is barely 25 degrees here today and snowed yesterday. But so glad you got everything squared away and fixed and huge congrats on your newest granddaughter. So glad she came home yesterday, too :)

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    1. It made me laugh, too, and I live here!

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  10. Loved the video - too funny. I won't tell you how cold it has been here in Wyoming the last two weeks. ;oD

    I'm glad that your GD was released and that your heating problems have been corrected.

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    1. Is Wyoming colder than California? ;-)

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  11. Number 3! hey, sorta like a vacation without having to go to the airport! ('hey, honey lets get a room, this place seems kind of nice.")

    lol no, I can say that because I've actually done that on the rare occasion of having to sleep in the guest room. funny how little it takes to be amused, no?

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    1. That's true, but it is a bit disorienting to wake up and the room is familiar, but yet not.

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  12. I understand you being thankful for Nyquil- i should probably put Excedrin on my list every week!

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    1. My husband used to take Excedrin quite a bit, until he realized he was getting rebound headaches from the caffeine in it. (I'm not saying that is what is happening to you--just a possibility of which to be aware.)

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  13. I totally sympathize with the dang heater. Ours is in the hallway where a slight breeze can turn the pilot light off leaving us with a (relatively) cold house. Cold for LA at least!

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  14. So glad that your granddaughter is out of the hospital! Also, that video had me cracking up! Thanks for sharing it!!

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  15. hahahaaha thank you for sharing that Jimmy Kimmel video, too funny! "As you can see, leaves are blowing, my hair is blowing!" and "Are those clouds? Those are clouds!" It's gone down to single-digit temperatures here in the Midwest, and we've already had to shovel snow from our driveway 4 times! I can't even think about Colorado.....so I won't.
    THANKFUL to you for sharing, I laughed so much I pinned this post to my "Humor" board.

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    1. It's one thing to learn about clouds in school, it's another thing entirely to see them in person!

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  16. I love you how you found so many things to be thankful for in each situation! Thanks for hosting such an awesome linkup! Hooray that you granddaughter is feeling better.

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  17. So, you only had to buy one furnace instead of two? Well, there's some thankfulness, for sure!

    When we lived in LA, we were always amused by the "Stormwatch" brouhaha. Although I have to say the year and a half that I lived in Ventura, I was the coldest I've ever been. That's a damp, chilly place much of the time ("marine layer").

    Glad your grandbaby is better and out of the hospital. My son had a mild case of jaundice, but we only had to give him sun baths and he was good.

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