My "back porch" is my kitchen, my favorite room in the house. Come on in, the coffee is fresh, and I just made a pitcher of sweet tea. The cookies will be out in a minute. I have over 40 years of recipes to share with you, along with my opinion on everything. Oh my, you are right, it is cocktail time. What can I get you? Of course I can make you a Mint Julep! Stop by anytime, something is always cooking, and the back door is never locked.

Bon Appetit, Y'all

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Blonde Doesn't Equal Stupid!

Sometime during the night my furnace when out. I woke about 2:30 a.m. freezing my butt off. No really big problem I have two of those little electric heaters so I plug them in the bedroom and bath. I check the thermostat, and breaker box. I had checked the fuel a couple of days ago. I'm going to need a service person.

I'm a thoughtful person I wait until 5:30 a.m. to place the call. Waiting for the answering machine or service to pick up. Oops! I called the home number. Dave has been to my house before and my brother has used him for years, but I'm pretty sure he wasn't that happy to hear from me at that time of day. There was mention of me calling back later. Not going to happen. I waited until he got himself together and got something to write on. Dave says, "What's the problem". Me, "no heat, I think it might be a bad valve, that has happened before. I've checked everything else". He said he would be here a little after 9:00 a.m. Great I'll turn the oven on to stay a little warm. I know you're not suppose to do that, but I'm cold.

I think I forgot to mention that the two heaters that I plugged in both stopped working.

Dave gets here at 10:00 a.m. Dave's pretty much a "good ole boy". Let's check the thermostat, breaker box and I'll check the fuel when I go outside, he says to me in his I'm talking to a moron voice. I don't say a word. Heat is the only thing I'm interested in.

After 45 minutes he comes back in the house. Gotta go get a valve, he says, I'll be right back. He's back, still putting the valve in and I'm smiling ear to ear because he had to make an extra 20 mile round trip.

Don't you just love it when you're right! Which doesn't happen that often if you're a Blondie!

I gave him some Christmas cookies anyway. Not the good ones , just the regular ones.


  1. I'm glad you didn't waste the good cookies on him!

  2. What a funny post! I was a blond too before I got white/gray, a long time ago now. Make sure you have some good little heaters, I do since we don't like the floorboard electric heaters here and make do with the fireplace, small electric heaters, the oven occasionally, and the featherbed all the time. What would I do at night if the electric went out and all I had was an electric blanket, I wondered the other night when it happened. Merry Christmas a warm and merry one.--Inger

  3. I agree with Jammie Girl...regular cookies were enough.

  4. merry christmas, my friend

    and stay warm

    kary and teddy

  5. Blonde, Brunette, Redhead... we all have our moments. :)

    I do so enjoy when you share a "little bit" of your life with us Bev. Hope you will continue that in the coming year.

    Luv ya,


  6. so what was the temp in your house? something tells me it was around my normal temperature which is 50 degrees. i love cold and hate warm. glad he got it fixed for you. stay warm woman!!!

  7. I totally agree about the "good" cookies, but I'll bet your regular ones are just fine. And I agree with Nancy, it's nice when you share a little bit of your life with us. Hope you're staying warm now!

  8. You are too funny. I'm glad your heater is fixed. My ex was an air conditioning guy so I learned some of the things to check. But this year I realized the outside unit was not coming on for the heat pump. I called him for advice and he came to check it. Found out the fancy new programmable thermostat my ex-son-in-law installed was never set for a heat pump and I have been heating with auxillary heat strips for the last couple of years! THAT explains the big electric bills. I guess I am blonder than I thought. Anyway, the bills should be better this year. Merry Christmas. I send you lots of love.


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