Two of the more important machineries here at Stately Rice Manor are acting up a bit.
Our television – just five months old – has developed an annoying fuzziness in the audio. It sounds as if one of the speakers has worked loose, or failed outright. It doesn’t interfere much with playing Skyrim – at least, Sam hasn’t complained – but it tends to spoil regular programming.
Long ago, I was in the habit of watching television with the audio muted. That might become necessary again, if we can’t get the silly thing fixed.
The other dysfunctional machine is a bit more serious: after keeping us warm all winter long, the furnace has chose today’s (rather mild) cold snap to go on the fritz. It runs, but it blows cold air: not very useful.
Tomorrow, Jennifer will call the furnace-repair people. (Usually, they come out the same day. The house will stay warm enough until then.) I imagine we’re looking at another moderately-expensive repair – $300 or so – but with every service call I worry: is this the time we’ll hear, “You need a new furnace”?
I really do not want to buy a new furnace….