Those of you who regularly read my blog posts might remember one I wrote a few years back about a week of misadventures, accidents and frustration. To reread, see: My Horrible, Bad Week
Well, I just endured another one. We’ll start with the cold. I’m not normally one to complain about weather, but this week was record-breaking, requiring searching through drawers I haven’t accessed since the great blizzard of 1978 when CT Gov. Ella Grasso closed the Merritt Parkway. I found woolen socks, long underwear and earmuffs. I wore sweaters with 2 layers beneath them and … for the first time ever, I zipped on the nerdy fur-rimmed hood that came with my winter jacket. This is the second jacket I owned that had a removable hood and with each, I had removed it when I brought it home and never used it again. I put it in the drawer with the woolen socks and long underwear. This is the first time ever that I did not leave the B&B where we were staying for New Year’s in upstate NY because it was so frigid out.
OK, enough about that. Here’s what broke in the last week:
The microwave. My husband says it’s the klystrons (I think that’s a made-up name by people who watch Star Trek). You wouldn’t think how much you rely on the microwave until it goes kaplooey.
My husband’s computer caught a virus (can’t blame it in this cold) and required that he do a restore to an earlier time. I like that Time Warp thing; sometimes I wish I could do that to my body.
Our TV started having a mind of its own. Sometimes it would randomly scan the channels, sometimes it would raise the volume to deafening level. My husband did his McGyver act and patched together a temporary solution. Soon, we’ll have to buy a new TV.
We brought the Subaru in for a check-up and oil change and my husband, following me who was driving the all-electric Wheego, discovered that the Wheego had no brake lights. Whoops. With the Subaru getting serviced and no brake lights on the Wheego, I had plenty of time to take nice walks. I bundled up, got a block away and turned back because of the frigid temps and biting winds!
We got word that the Subaru needed a front wheel bearing. Uh oh. Just upped the service charge by about $500.
Did I mention that the cable modem died and that we didn’t have phone service for a day? It took an hour on hold to get through to them.
My printer wasn’t working and I called in my service guy (my husband) who managed to repair it. I must remember to give him a good tip.
And, finally, the fireplace heater wasn’t working properly. Wouldn’t have been so terrible except that as most of you know, we don’t have a furnace; we rely on the wood to warm the house and the temps were in the single digits (see paragraph 2).
Other than that, it was a lovely New Year week. Can’t wait to go to Florida for a while!