25 October 2010

Happiness Writes White

Well, things had been going good. Too good you might say. One of my favorite songs is the title of this post, and pretty much the reason for the lack of posts lately. I don't know why, but it feels weird to write "everything is hunky-dory." Don't get me wrong, we're not living in the lap of luxury and Isaiah has not been miraculously cured of all his ailments and developmental delays.
Isaiah's progression and development has been coming along slowly but surely, but we've been living paycheck to paycheck for quite sometime now, and really more money has been going out than coming in, but there really hasn't been that huge of a dilemma or hardship to write about, until now that is. You see today we had the winter tune up for our furnace and lo and behold there's a one inch crack in the burner area of the furnace that when on, leaks some lovely CO2 into the house. Put that on top of a blower whose ball bearings are all but shot, a rusting flue pipe with degrading asbestos, and you have our 18 year old furnace on its last legs. Due to the fact that there are issues with our AC condenser and coils too, we're looking at something in the neighborhood of $7,000 to replace the system.
Over time I'm sure the upgrade will pay for itself in better efficiency and saved utilities, but the real question is how we're going to pay for it. It's patched together for now, but when running it will be letting loose CO2 into the house. The crack is relatively small right now, but every time the burner goes on and off, it'll stress that crack more and more, making it get larger and larger which is just plain unsafe.
Needless to say we're in panick mode right now, and hopefully we'll find there are some financing options open to us, but right now, its all the shock of it all and the lack of money to pay for it at the ready. Its not like our broken dishwasher where we can manually wash dishes in the sink. We can't exactly heat the house by leaving our oven open and since we don't have a fireplace, that's out as well. We're just lucky the cold cold weather is about a month or two off yet, but the nights are starting to get chilly!