I have been cold for the past month and turning up the furnace did not offer relief so I was not surprised when the conclusion was, "You need a new furnace."
New air conditioner in Florida this past summer, which I was not expecting, and now a new furnace, which I kind of was expecting. Some repairs were done to the old one in the hopes that it will last through the winter. Always something, something with home ownership. Of course the furnace is 50+ years old so I suppose I should not complain too much and a new one will be much, much more efficient.
I would have it done right away except that my fuel and furnace company is down to a one man operation at the moment and he really does not have the time to do it during the height of fuel season. He did say he would though, should it fail completely and become an emergency. I am glad my son will be here through the winter while I head to Florida.
That is the nice thing about small town Vermont--such good neighbors. The fuel man checks the house twice a week when he goes by. All my immediate neighbors keep a sharp eye on things. I know who to call when I need help and that is a comfort.