First order of the day? Breakfast. Second order? Shovel the driveway. Which my Hubby did with his snowblower. I dibbled at the edges with the snow shovel but he and his machine did the major work.
Several activities required me to be out and about.
First stop...hospital for a CA-125 blood test in regards to my cancer. CA-125 is a somewhat inaccurate and unpredictable (but widely used) tumor marker for ovarian cancer. The test is taken at several week intervals as a "first alarm" in regards to recurrence. It is not accurate but a "possible" indicator. Diana, my very favorite nurse, accessed through my Power Port. Some patients don't like the ports but I consider my port "my friend". (More info on my Power Port here.)
Then stops at the bank, post office, gas station, grocery store.
Also this morning I took a few groceries to my Mom's where I found her house to be toasty warm. Well, at least warm. It seemed toasty, coming indoors from below zero temps! But, no, her furnace is not yet fixed.
A couple days ago the required part arrived via the UPS truck. Alas! It did not fix the problem. So a different part (inducer) was ordered. This second part arrived later this afternoon. Mom called me. And said it was the wrong inducer...the person who took the order wrote down one number wrong. So now a THIRD part has been ordered. The repair guy is a good friend of ours and has known Mom for years. It was not he who ordered the parts so the blame is not his. But he felt terrible and apologized profusely.
In the meantime, in the Saga of Mom and Her Non-Working Furnace in the Midst of the Cold Snap of the Decade, her house is staying warm. I checked the radiant heater in the living room. The cord was cool to the touch. The heaters in the kitchen and side bedroom seemed okay as well. Mom seems to be quite satisfied that sooner or later the problem will be fixed.
Surely the right part will arrive on Monday! Surely!
In the meantime, we're staying warm in Iowa. The forecast for tonight? Do you dare ask? By 6 am we should experience temp down to or exceeding 23 below zero.
I think Al Gore should move to Iowa. And write a new book.