It’s another day. It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s windy but at least we have a few breaks in the clouds. A few blue patches above and masses of red below. That make such a difference. So let’s see what the day brings.
Just maybe the swimming against the tide will be easier today.
Maybe a day for being more understanding of my own limitations. More relaxed being just me.
So let’s see what the day brings and embrace the inner self. Shall we say embrace the inner Muppet.
The boiler decided to stop working the instant the cold weather arrived. Not ideal at the best of times, but during a pandemic….. Getting someone to come out and look at it is an equivalent challenge to building a nuclear arc reactor while at the same time finding 2 toilet roles at the local supermarket. The repairman is the last step in the repair process. First and most important step is working this through with our Son.
Trying to explain to him that a stranger has to come into the house is the main challenge. It’s his space, his safe area. His Aspergers friendly world. Even before the virus hit, allowing visitors into his safe space was carefully managed. While he was physically in the house it’s been restricted to two of his favourite Aunts in over a year. When he was at school, that was the time to arrange for strangers to call. The school day was the boiler repair time. Not an option currently.
The meltdown hit. It was inevitable. This is someone who has not been through our garden gate and into the wider world in over 7 weeks now. His safe personal area is everything to him. It’s something precious which we need to protect. So the bottom line is a repairman can only venture into the house in full stealth mode. As I can’t afford to pay for the service option which includes full Klingon Bird of Prey Cloaking technology, then it will have to wait until son is out of the house. Back at school looks a distant prospect so it will have to coincide with a trip out to one of my sisters. Also not easy at present. So the repair is not happening anytime soon.
On the plus side it helps as money is very tight with no work. On the plus plus side, my limited mechanical skills have managed to breathe some limited life into the boiler. It will now fire up and will run for 10 minutes before shutting off. After cooling off for an hour, it I can fire it up for another short burst. It’s enough to warm the water and the radiators. We have electric fires and an old Immersion Heater – effective but so so expensive. Fingers crossed it keeps going until the repair man can eventually call.
Life is all about priorities. Sons wellbeing is paramount.
Wearing comfy jumpers (sweaters) and every hour pressing a boiler reset button is a price well worth paying for protecting his safe zone. Maintaining the sanctity of his world.