I don’t know about you, but I take the hot water and heating for granted in our home. In the back of my mind I know that the boiler can break down, but I don’t really think about how to stay warm without heating until that unfortunate day happens.
That day happened last week! It was your average Thursday morning, except it was half term and Hubby was on annual leave. This probably all worked in my favour and softened the blow a little as none of us were rushing to get showered and out of the house. It also helped that it was around nine degrees outside and not minus figures.
Along with the heating went the hot water so there were no showers for us that morning. After some calls to plumbers, it seemed we would be waiting until the following week for someone to come out. We decided it wasn’t an emergency as we have an immersion heater for hot water, and with the mild temperatures, we could do without heating temporarily.
I’m not sure if it’s just me, but of course I decided the house felt a lot colder than normal during those few days. We decided to spend the remaining days of Half Term out and about and enjoyed the heat from everywhere else whilst we could. When we arrived back home however, the fluffy pyjamas went straight on with the dressing gown to stay warm. I am often found with a blanket over me on the sofa at the best of times in the evenings, but I definitely needed all the layers I could get last week. The evenings were OK for all of us when we organised ourselves with a hot bath and pyjamas, we were all warm and toasty until having to get out of bed the following morning. An added bonus was sharing cuddles with Lola as she provides some great warmth when she is cuddled up next to you.
When we were at home in the day time, there were times we were getting inventive with how to stay warm. I spend a lot of time at my desk, and as I am more stagnant than usual, having no heat becomes more noticeable. I haven’t quite managed to master wearing gloves to type, but getting up every half an hour or so and getting some extra steps in, or running the hoover around helped to get the blood flowing through me keeping me warm. Extra hot drinks have also helped, however I have tried to fill my flask with coffee rather than make fresh cups all the time to prevent me drinking too much coffee through the day.
We were trying not to think about the plumbers bill as Hubby was insistent that the heating pump was broken as it was making a horrible noise. Thankfully it was just a blockage and we had it fixed quickly and for less than we were anticipating. It has made me appreciate the fact we have hot water and heating whenever we want it, and realise that others just aren’t as lucky.
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