Then at 1am I heard a weird thumping by the heat pump (our form of heat which only works to minus 10 degrees Celcius and uses the temperature of the air to heat and cool your house). This had happened once before and since I was awake due to a bout of insomnia I got up and had a look. Ice had formed inside the heat pump fan and it was having trouble functioning, soon to burn out if not fixed. Fortunately, I knew what to do. Throw the air conditioner on - it sends the warm air out into the fan on the pump and within an hour the ice had all melted and I didn't have to do much of anything. A service repair man told me that little trick last year when I was panicking in a snowstorm to try and thaw it out with hot water. And no, he didn't charge me for a service call.
Thank you for all the kind words on the last post. Yes, I qualify for surgery. Now to get it done, which is being made more complicated and possibly set back due to Covid. We are supposed to hear from the surgeon this week about more dates but the date that has been thrown around is Dec 22. Yes, in hospital for Christmas and maybe out by New Years'. Not what anyone wants but I just want the surgery over and to be recuperating at home away from Covid with my husband and my dog and my Mom. There is even a likely chance if I do get surgery before Christmas hubby will not be allowed in the hospital to see me. These are the sucker punches that keep coming but I am a big girl and I am once again pulling on my big girl panties whether I want to or not and making sure I get the best possible chance at a long life and this is what is required to do that. Tenacity is required and I have that.
In the meantime, Christmas decorating continues. The tree is up and a bit like a Whoville tree from the Grinch, if you put enough stuff on it it looks good. I have rearranged a branch or two since these pictures were taken but it was completed on Sunday. And we ended up with 1000 lights on the tree :) The tree is a combo of family ornaments and a ton of vintage glass ornaments which I've collected over the years. I will give you more glimpses of my vintage collection including books and candle holders over the next few weeks. For now - here is the tree, mantle, and antique store cabinet with lights. The lights look brighter in person, we have lights all over the place now, especially the bedroom and living room.