I had intended to return to posting about book-related things this Sunday, but that changed when the furnace came on last Monday morning and started making a terrible noise. A man came to assess the problem on Tuesday afternoon. The furnace would not make the sound for him, but given the age of our high efficiency furnace he found several impending problems. Replacement is cheaper than repair (in the long run) and since we were able to catch the tail end of a reduced rate on the model we wanted, we will pay about the same amount as we paid thirteen years ago for the current furnace. Not bad.
Unfortunately, installation of the new furnace and the accompanying vacuuming of all the duct work means that workmen have to have easy access to all parts of the house.
We live in a very small house full of stuff. David and I have spent the week rationalising (read ‘throwing out’) things in the basement. If we were going to have to move things around anyway, we might as well get rid of some excess. (I am fully aware that, possibly as soon as next week, I will be regretting the decision to discard at least one item.) This pile is a condensed version of my completed editions remaining for sale, some bits and pieces from unfinished editions, and empty boxes/packing materials for shipping orders.