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Friday, October 01, 2004

Fall Rituals

Every season seems to have it own rituals that mark the passage from one season to the next. For us, fall is marked by the fun things like picking apples, going on a hay ride, picking our own pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, and also the not-so-fun things like cleaning up the yard and getting it ready for winter, emptying out all the flower boxes and flower pots and putting them away until spring, emptying pool, and doing some house maintenance, which this year means me painting another coat of paint on the new sunporch addition.

Also it is the time of year when we pre-buy our heating oil for the season. UGH. $1.59 does NOT seem like such a great bargain. It is .50 a gallon more than we paid last year. We are looking into buying a pellet heating stove for our familyroom which would supplement the heat to the back portion of the house. I am hoping that we could keep the thermostat set lower for the rest of the house, although we do keep the house pretty cool to begin with.

So this morning I am going down to our oil company and hand over my first born in exchange for heat this winter. Well, at least I would if they would take him, but surly know-it-all 9yr olds are not such a hot commodity ;-)

4 Comments:

Blogger Ash-bray Etty-hay said...

I haven't lived in a house with heat in years, so I have some ign'rant questions for you: are you actually purchasing the actual oil (does it live in a giant drum in your yard all winter?) or just giving the company an advance towards oil they will later deliver to you? So it's a gamble that prices won't drop later in the season, right? (*do* oil prices ever drop?)

1:16 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

It is giving the oil company advance payment on the oil. We bought 2000 gallons, wouldn't want a drum *that* big in my yard LOL. Our tank hold 250 gallons (I think?) and is about the size of a very small car. It lives in our basement next to the big honkin' furnace.

It is something of a gamble I suppose that the prices won't drop, but right now the going rate is $1.89 per gallon, so it is a "bargain" (hard to utter that with a straight face). The one and only year that the price dropped below our pre-buy rate the oil company honored the lower rate. But our thinking on it usually is that the price has the potential to skyrocket .50 a gallon more, but virtually no chance of dropping that much.

I wish I lived somewhere I didn't think to think about heat, though I suppose then I'd have to think about air conditioning.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Ash-bray Etty-hay said...

This house is the first one we've lived in here with a/c. The rest are just sort of flimsy boxes with lots of windows. It was funny when I first moved here from California ... I walked around and around the first apartment looking for the heating venty things in the floor, and was genuinely perplexed when I couldn't find them.

2:35 PM  
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