I have been so blessed in this house because it comes complete with central heating which my landlady takes care of: using a HUGE furnace to heat the three stories. Everytime we come in the warm house we say "thank-you Lord for our wonderful landlady", as it is really hard work, but she doesn't let anyone else do anything because she is afraid of it breaking down and leaving us without heating...
Two days ago the 3-year old 2500KM (about R15000/$2000) furnace broke. It has a 5-year guarantee, and she went for the more expensive one so it would last a lifetime: this was a very short life-time and they are now even trying to get out of the 5-year guarantee... saying it wasn't put in properly: the person who put it in said it was the person who did the piping, the person who did the piping says he did his job properly...etc etc
All this to say I have come to realise how much we are really blessed with the heating as it has been pretty chilly in the house the last two days: I mean we don't heat in South Africa, but here it is MUCH colder than there, and we didn't have any heaters in the house because we rely on the central heating so it has been sit under blankets and freeze! (now we have borrowed a heater, so we are nice and toasty at least in the lounge - thanks Mark and Cindi!)
Right now they are busy trying to see what is really wrong with it, so there is some hope that it will be fixed soon: but tomorrow is a holiday and then weekend, so it may be that we are without heat for a while: and they are predicting -6 for the weekend (that is in the teens for those in fahrenheit) so heres hoping they will actually fix it soon!!!