Well, what an attractive bed partner I made last night! Thick, black & aqua striped knee high socks; old lady flannel nightie over the top of two tourist-type tee shirts and snuggled under two quilts. I considered putting a scarf around my neck but thought I might roll over in the night and choke myself.
Bundled up as such I survived the night in a house with no heating – though the morning trip to the bathroom was not pleasant. A lot of hot water was used in a fairly futile attempt to warm up the bathroom before I disrobed. It was in the 30's when I left home this morning with a brutal wind making the "real feel" about 16 F – I think it was about the same inside the house!
The manservant got to stay home and wait for a repairman who arrived at the promised time, took one look and said the electronic ignition system had burnt out and could be repaired for $250. As the manservant does not feel the cold like I do, I half expected him to tell me that he had then contacted another company to come out and give a second quote! Fear for his life was greater than the fear of an overdrawn account and I came home to a lovely cozy house.
It's so hot in here now that I could almost believe it's warm enough outside to have a bbq! Here is my son getting the barbie ready on Christmas Day:
And here is the first plate of prawns – they were soooo good: