Thank you everyone! We have had a great Christmas, very traditional, everyone healthy and that is a bit unusual with my two children and my two elderly parents.
My parents have been here, will be taking the train home today.
We had a bit of a surprise on Tuesday, about 9:00 PM Lucie said there was a "funny noise" coming from the furnace room. I went to check and the water was streaming from the gas hot water tank! Floor was wet as were some of the christmas presents hidden there but the floor drain was doing the job it was designed for and damage was minimal.
I called a plumbing company we had used here a couple of times, a real nice father and son and nephew business that had been here only two weeks before, as well as previously, replacing a kitchen sink drain. We had to take the door off the furnace room and empty it out, including a huge four drawer filing cabinet, full. My good ol' hard working Dad was right in his element!
Plumber showed up the next day, the day before Christmas, with a new tank and did the switchover, a few small problems but he solved them and we had hot water again! As we preach here on this site, frequently, it is great to have established a relationship with a good company before the inevitable emergency occurs.
We had planned to take my parents out to the cottage which has been a winter wonderland up until now. Unfortunately it has rained here and then turned cold so all the snow has turned to treacherous ice, so we decided to skip can that plan. Old folks on ice, not a happy situation
We have watched a lot of hockey, played a lot of cards and I have done a little work on the HVAC-Talk computer while it has been quiet. Actually, a lot of work, but most of it was done in advance. On Christmas day I switched the HVAC-Talk site to a new computer, my Christmas present to us all, a server with dual Xeon 2.8 MHz processors, 1 Gig of RAM and a 15,000 RPM SCSI hard drive. The last one was a Pentium IV 2.4 Mhz, but was struggling to keep up on busy nights. I was forced to delete old threads in order to trim the database down to keep up. I would prefer to keep about 400 days worth of stuff, so you always have this season, and the one before it.
So, that's my Christmas, a nice family one, and you guys are all part of it!