Wow, the heater repairman has been and gone. It took him over an hour to get the heater working because of some technical issues that happened over the summer. I was happy with that because he charged by the hour, and would charge for a full hour even if he wasn’t there the whole time. I liked that he had to work for his money.
I’ll tell you what I like even better than that though… how warm our house is! I forgot what it was like to type and have my fingers feel free, rather than all cramped because they’re trying to keep warm. I also haven’t had to wear a beanie inside since the heater was repaired. I didn’t realise how nice it felt to have a free head of hair. I know that sounds bizarre. It’s the type of thing you wouldn’t understand unless you’ve been wearing a beanie for eighteen hours a day for two months straight.
I think the guy who did our ducted heating repairs in the Canberra area could see how cold my family and I actually were. I didn’t realise how hard it was to live and keep warm for the last two months, but now that I’ve had about six hours of heat, it’s obvious that we’ve really been missing out.
I don’t regret my decision to deprive myself and my family of heat, because we’ve saved a lot of money. People don’t understand what it’s like to be the main breadwinner in a household. It’s a lot of pressure to keep a roof over your head, let alone your family’s heads as well. And then they need all these other things too, like food, water, clothes… you name it. I can definitely justify waiting two months to call someone about heating services. Around Canberra, we often get quite a bit of snow too. It’s good that I got the heater fixed before the snow season because my family would probably stage a mutiny if I hadn’t.