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Tomorrow is my MRI day. Today we checked out the future oil bill and we visited friends.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

It has been a strange day, very cold for May in Maine. I sure hope it will warm up soon.
Today we got our final oil bill from the winter heating season. We usually have money in our account this year we have a bill. Needless to say we signed up and paid extra for the locked in price. We were told it was locked in for the entire season.
Now we are told it is only the time of the contract.

We always pay up front so we will be adding another 100 gallons and that way the entire year of heating expenses should be covered.

It is such a guessing game when the prices vary so we only go by the amount of oil we actually use. It appears we used more oil and yet we heated by gas too and with no -one extra for more hot water this is definitely a cause for alarm.
Our furnace is supposed to be efficient but how do we know. The service man always tells us it is fine but he works for the person who sells us the oil, it does seem to be counterproductive to keep our furnace running efficiently.

Our local company sold out to an out of state company and I think I am not feeling good about that right now. We have to sign contracts in June for heating season that will begin delivery in October.
Having written that out it makes me feel even more determined to look around for a new provider.
I guess Blogging this has made me realize I will have to think it through much better so as to understand and plan it properly.

Just putting my mind into this Blog has given me the idea I will sit down and write out our needs and then determine what I should be asking in the way of details and loopholes.
I guess Blogging is good for my brain, I am thinking I have a better handle on this next season of heating in a cold and
L---O---N---G MAINE Winter.

I am trying to avoid thinking about tomorrow. I have had MRI,s before. I had one for my Back surgery and again for shoulder surgery. When the back was still causing leg issues I had another one done for a different area.
I think there is something about having my head examined that is getting to me. I have to stop thinking!

I have walked 2.5 miles. I am going to do my second walk and a video in the Spring Challenge that will take my mind of my mind and my head.
Thanks Spark friends Pat in Maine.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/6/2012 9:23PM

    I agree about the heating oil. I think you should meet the person you are thinking of going with. You are a good judge of character and I think you will know when you find the right company by the person they have representing them.

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CHALLENGER15 5/4/2012 7:03PM

    Oh, my! I can see where that would be really hard to plan for and feel you were getting the best deal.

Have you ever used infrared heaters to help as an auxiliary heat source? We bought a couple for my mom and she kept her furnace at a minimum temperature and then used the infrared heaters to heat the rooms she was in most to a more comfortable temperature. If the temps were really cold, she used both of the heaters. Just an idea...I don't know if it would be more economical or not in your Maine winters. My mom had been using a wood-burning fireplace, but health reasons made the infrared heaters necessary and probably as economical or perhaps more so by the time she bought wood.

Hope your MRI went well!

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OAKSHAVEN 5/4/2012 4:18PM

    I hope the MRI is over by now, and it went well. Even if it didn't, once it is over you can quit thinking about it, which is a good thing.

I often "think things out" by writing them down. I also do a religious ritual where I call on different aspects that I need to think about (mind/intellectual/creative, then what I need to do to add a Spark to it [no relation], then what I need in my emotional and spiritual life to help with it, then what I need to do to manifest whatever it is). I find that just thinking about all of the different aspects of the situation helps put things in perspective, and often helps me think in new ways.

You do seem to be having some major challenges in your spring this year, but you also seem to be good at making lemonade out of the lemons. Hang in there. This too shall pass. And any other cliches I can think of really fast.

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RD03875 5/4/2012 3:44PM

    I hope you can figure things out and get a good deal.

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PICKIE98 5/4/2012 12:24PM

    I can call you on that crazy weather: this was yesterday, in the space of three hours, we had 82 degrees, 98% humidity, rain, then hail the size of your thumbnail, then rain, then tornado warnings to take cover, then more rain, then sunny skies for five minutes, then huge hail the size of robins eggs, then rain, 45 mph winds, then sun, then hail and rain again,, rained all night, winds went down to 35mph, then more hail, still 82 degrees, sun and rain through the clouds!!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/4/2012 9:08AM

    Wishing you every good wish for your MRI.

You're right . . . blogging helps "release". Good job.

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BETHGILLIGAN 5/4/2012 7:49AM

    Sweet, peaceful thoughts during MRI: walking the rail trail, your flower garden, your DH, etc. Hopefully, it will all go fine. Thinking of you!

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BAKER1009 5/4/2012 7:18AM

    Aw, hang in there Pat. Everything will go fine today with your MRI and it will be over before you know it! You're a strong woman!
Do keep us posted there!

As for the oil, I'm glad this blog helped. I would definitely sit down with all your questions and what not, and get some answers. Maybe there is another appliance person around that could come check out your furnace, just to be sure?

Hugs to you today and I'll be saying a little prayer for you!!
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GDY2SHUZ 5/3/2012 11:41PM

    The cost of fuel has gone way up, not having a persice # of gallons needed are a way to tabulate the usage.....it is hard to figure out how much will be needed next winter. It is so hard to make estimates.

We have had 2 nice days in a row....mother nature must have a joke up her sleeve....the weather all around us is unstable, We don't know what to expect.

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NASFKAB 5/3/2012 11:29PM

  you can do it

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WOWEETOO 5/3/2012 11:26PM

    sending hugs your way pat
the lady mary

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DEBBIEANNE1124 5/3/2012 10:56PM

    Don't worry aboput the MRI. Just aly there and relax and think peaceful thoughts. You can do it.

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TERRI289 5/3/2012 10:30PM

    Aaahh, Pat you set such a good example for everything!! Good luck with the MRI tomorrow!

I am constantly trying to tweak our budget-not an easything to do!!

Goodnight!!! emoticon

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EGGBASKET1 5/3/2012 10:26PM

    PAT, TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND TRY TO RELAX. THINK PLEASANT THOUGHTS AND FOCUS ON YOUR FAVORITE PLACES. YOU CAN DO THIS !!! I'LL BE THINKING OF YOU. TAKE CARE. HUGS...EGG

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IOEINC 5/3/2012 10:25PM

    Good luck tomorrow Pat. I am sure everything will be fine but will be thinking good thoughts of you all day tomorrow!!

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 5/3/2012 10:23PM

    Trying to re-focus is one of the best ways to handle the stress. Walking is great!
You put in the steps. It feels longer than it actually is. I will be thinking of you. emoticon emoticon

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NEEDSHELP52 5/3/2012 10:22PM

    You'll do just fine, Pat. Just take a few deep breaths. We're here for you.

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