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Of Furnaces and Cats - Random Update

Now that I can feel my fingers again...

Woke up yesterday morning to the disconcerting realization that (a) my furnace was no longer working and (b) the coldest week so far had just started.

Took 11 hours for the technician to arrive only to tell me he couldn't fix it last night. The nice lady from his company came out at 8:30ish to give me a quote on a new furnace and (more importantly) to bring me some space heaters. Whoo!

I called first thing this morning, and the second technician arrived around 8:30-9:00ish?? Anyway, to make a long, very cold story short: the old fella is running again; my house is almost back to what's considered normal room temperature - and my big coward of a cat is nowhere to be found.

Spike is unusually afraid of people. Don't know why - I've certainly never harmed a hair on his furry (big) head. When the lady from the gas company and I were upstairs checking things out, we moved the couch upstairs and Spike went scrambling out from under it and down the stairs and, well, I've only seen him once since. He came creeping out at 4:00 this morning, and between all the space heaters scattered throughout the house, the numerous blankets on my bed (including the one he absolutely refuses to step on), the cold everywhere else, and then the technician who was here this morning (big, a bit clumsy, but nice and competent enough) well...I've yet to see Spike's furry little face since then.

I know for a fact he's in the house, and I also know he'll come out when he's ready. However, where the hell a fifteen pound cat can hide where he can't be found is a true mystery of the universe. Seriously. Think about how BIG a fifteen pound cat truly is. Can't find him anywhere.

While part of me is perfectly content to not have the furry critter following me wherever I go, I have to say it freaks me out when it's been this long without at least a partial sighting. *sigh*

Ah, well. He'll creep out when he's ready.

Oh, and that cold spell? It was -37C in Edmonton this morning. To give some perspective on that temperature, -40C = -40F. In other words, it's #!$$@!! cold outside!! On the up side - I got a day off work...

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onceiwasaturtle
Dec. 7th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Wow! Sounds like an adventure. o.o It reminds me so much of when I lived in Alaska -- these things always pick the coldest possible day to happen on. Glad your furnace is working again and hope Spike calms down and comes out soon!
shirleyann66
Dec. 7th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, it IS always the coldest days of the year. The furnace was kicking in weeks ago when it was only -5; could have gone kablooey then. But no. :(

Anyway, found Spike's hiding spot. Couldn't really see him well, so I poked at him until he moved. He's since come out to go to the bathroom and check things out. Very cautiously, it's true, but he was taking a look around.
onceiwasaturtle
Dec. 9th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
Of course not! :-\

Yay! Silly Spike -- glad he finally came out! (Cats!)
shirleyann66
Dec. 10th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
(Cats!)

LOL - I know. Gotta love 'em. :D
onceiwasaturtle
Dec. 10th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
Definitely. ^^
laura_josephsen
Dec. 8th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
YIKES! Brrr. I'm cold just thinking about it. Glad your furnace is working again!

I see from your comment that you found your kitty, so huzzah on that end too!
shirleyann66
Dec. 9th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
LOL - thanks! And yes, it was very, VERY nippy in here by Monday morning. Thankfully, the one frozen pipe seems to have thawed without bursting (yay!). I'm now very grateful for my warm house.

And yes, I finally found the big baby - very clever hiding spot, I have to say (under my bed hidden in the ripped up gauze hanging from my box spring). Of course, once I found it I would periodically tease him to try and get him to come out. No go last night, but he was happily playing with my feet at 5:00 this morning. As he meowed in my face I gave him a hug and said "I can't believe I actually missed you yesterday - I still have an hour to sleep buddy."

Gotta love 'em. :D
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