Let me take this chronologically.
You know I was hurting when I went to bed last night. Hunter always knows when I don't feel good. When I lay down, Jethro was at the foot of your side of the bed, Abby was on my feet, and Maggie was on my left side. Then here came Hunter and curled up around my head, and kneaded my forehead with his paws. He stayed there until I woke up and midnight and got up.
I got up at midnight because I realized the furnace wasn't working. I could hear the heating element trying to come on and failing. I went downstairs and tried turning the furnace off and on again, to no avail this time. So I turned off the power to the furnace and thermostat and went back to bed. I called NIPSCO first thing this morning. The company they contract out to couldn't get here today but is scheduled to come at 8:00 in the morning. I'll get to work late, but Ellie will work for me until I get there.
I worked from 9:00 to 1:00 today. The entertainment was provided by the weather. The wind was howling - still is - and there have been lots of power outages. Topeka's went out twice this morning. It came back on after three seconds, thanks to the fact that we have lines from two substations. But each time it was long enough to shut down all of the computers and make us work off-line until 1:00. I spent the morning helping with the night drops and business deposits. It was a nice, busy day except for the power problems.
Now we're all hunkered down for the night. This house is so well insulated that the temperature inside has only dropped from 64 to 61. I've had several offers of space heaters, but I won't need them unless the furnace can't be fixed tomorrow. Don't worry - I won't hesitate to borrow them if I need to. It will be in the 20s tonight and tomorrow, so it's not a bad time to have to go without the heat.
On the other hand, we wouldn't mind having you here to pile up with us tonight. We'll be happy to make room for you any time at all. You were always so nice and warm to cuddle up with! Now I have four little heating pads, but they can't take your place. So come and help keep us warm. You know where the key is!
Leaving the light on,