The Heat Is On …. (cough cough!)


It finally got cold enough to have to turn on the heaters.  Here in Dallas, that means it dipped all the way down to about 46 degrees (8 C).  While that may not seem like much to those of you in more northern climates, down here it means that it’s time to stoke up the ol’ furnaces.

There are some seasonal rituals that people like, such as the first time that the leaves need to be raked, the first time the walkway needs to be shoveled free of snow, or the first time the lawn needs to be mowed in spring.  I suppose some people even like lighting the furnace for the first time every year.

I am not one of those people.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love the house to be nice and toasty warm on a cold winter’s night.  In fact, I prefer it.  But the first time the heater is fired up every year fills me with dread.  And that’s because when I fire up the heater for the first time in nine months, it must first burn off 9 months worth of dust, pollen, mold, and who knows what else that settles into the furnace and the ductwork over that nine months.  It is a nice, funky pong that smells something like an old, used sponge that  caught on fire, smoldered for a bit, and was then doused with the stagnant water from a leaf-clogged rain gutter.

So that was the smell that awakened me at about 2 o’clock this morning.

On the plus side, it was nice and toasty warm.




  1. Timely post! We eat at the same Mexican restaurant every Sunday and yesterday trying to put together two tables far away from the door because it was too cold. This prompted the owner to turn on the heat and set off the smoke alarm – similar to the other comments above. We were thankful for the sizzling fajitas to distract us lol.

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  2. But you didn’t get the full effect. I always make a point to have a little dress rehearsal for mine, because when it comes on for the first time, it sets off the smoke alarm, which wakes the cat, who howls like a banshee until I climb up on a chair, wave a magazine under the smoke alarm, and make it be quiet.

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    • Lol! I didn’t think about that aspect of it. That actually happened many years ago when I turned it on. It was quite a scramble to get all the windows opened up to try to get in enough fresh air to silence the smoke detectors. But the reason the heaters were on in the first place was because it was cold outside … so it got very cold in the house very quickly … with the heaters going full blast. What a fun night that was!

      And, as always, thank you for commenting!


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