This week has been…long and weird.

I worked last Saturday, was off Sunday. Monday morning, I left here at 7:00 to go visit some providers in Skiatook. Kept thinking all day it was Tuesday. Spent the night there and then went to Bartlesville on Tuesday. Had meetings with some providers, lunch with some co-workers, and then stayed with my friend Jan on Tuesday night. We worked together Wednesday morning, had lunch, and then I headed home.

When I got home Wednesday and unpacked. Sat down on my couch and realized my a/c just kept cycling on and off AND I thought I could smell the heater. So next time it cycled on, I went and opened my basement door and sure enough, the heater was running and so was the a/c. I turned everything off.

Yesterday morning, I started making calls trying to find someone to come take a look, praying it was an easy fix. Got someone out here yesterday afternoon. The control panel was not working right, which is what was causing the constant cycling on/off and the heater and a/c to run together. In addition, the blower motor was overheating and needs to be replaced.

Cost of that? Almost $1000. To get an entirely new furnace, about $4000. Since the unit is almost 30 years old, it did not really make sense to put so much money into it. The a/c unit was replaced around 4 years ago, so it’s fairly new.

Thankfully, I was able to finance it and should have a new unit in a few days. Yesterday was a long and emotional and frustrating day. But in the midst of it, I thought a lot about what I have to be thankful for:

The temperature was not extremely hot. Even though it got up to 80 in my house, with fans, it was bearable.

It’s going to be a few days before the furnace is replaced, and it’s going to get chilly this weekend. However, I have a gas fireplace.

I was able to get financing. That probably would not have been the case a few years ago.

I was able to get someone out here yesterday.

Even in the midst of hard things, there are always things to be thankful for, if you take the time to look for them.


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