January 19th 2012 9:25 am
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Please purr hard for us, everyone in the house is sick right now. The oil tank is dirty and last night we lost heat and the fumes are really bad! We’re all sick from this. The guy is here now cleaning the oil tank and furnace filter. He’ll have to come back and take the furnace apart to clean it later when it’s warmer because it’ll take all day. But we’ve got all the windows open and everyone is nauseous, dizzy, almost throwing up, headaches you name it! Me and Finney are mostly okay because we're on the second floor of the house but mom, grammy, grampy and Midnight are not feeling well. The firemen already came last night and they don't have to go to the hospital but mom is so super sensitive to smells that it's really making her sick. We're worried about grammy and Midnight too. Mom had to go and open all the windows downstairs, grammy is really dizzy, she has a heart condition. Please purr that everyone feels better.
Wanna hear something funny? Mom is more mad because she started going to the gym yesterday and wanted to go today but she's not going to leave the house with everyone feeling like this right now. Mom was so cold last night it was 5 degrees outside. It wasn't near that bad here in the house but right now everyone is feeling so defeated. The water heater broke a few weeks ago, the plumber they were going to hire tried to rip them off for 3 times the amount! Mom was furious and told the guy off and reported him to the BBB. We have a new one now but now it's the oil tank, the furnace, mom's car won't pass inspection, she's just so fed up. We don't have money for all of this. Anyway, we weren't going to post anything but I told mom I wanted to. Please purr for us okay? :((
Oh NO! We are purrrrring and praying hard fur you guys ovfur there!!! Sending lots of love and Angel Indy too to keep watch!
when it rains it pours...sorree itz gone frum bazonkers ta a total spazz fest lacey; hope yur heat gets turned bak on N noe one suffers any mor frum de fumes....
Sending gigantic purrs your way!! You might check if there's some grant money for new appliances available. Please be safe, ok? I'm so worried about you!
Thanks everyone, the house smells so bad mom is going around opening every window possible. The repair guy just showed grampy the filter for the oil tank and it was solid with silt, dirt and oil. Mom is trying not to cry but she's so fed up. It's one thing after another. Monida I think that only works if they can give you a tax break and we're under the poverty level and get government assistance so we can't get those. sigh. Thank you Angel Indy for helping to watch over us, we need it!
OMC! That is awfur!
Oil smells so yucky and bad. It can make you sick.
We are pawyering that soon your dwelling will smell good again,and that is will be cozy,too.
Purring for things to get better for you all soon! Tell your mom it's okay to cry. Sometimes a good cry can actually make you feel a little better (gets out all those pent up feelings).
Thanks everyone. Mom has to close all the windows now she's freezing. the guy just left, he's cleaned as much as he could right now and will come back either Monday or Tuesday to clean the whole furnace! It's an all day job but he said whoever put our furnace in, put some parts in backwards and there's no damper for the chimney so all this time our heat has been getting sucked up the chimney! They're going to fix it right and says we'll save a ton of money on fuel. We're airing out the basement now and we think this is why everyone in this house has been so sick this winter.
Artie thank you! That makes mom feel really good. Mom always has to be the strong one and as the main caregiver in this family she needs to have support too. Thank you sweetie.
My clowder is all purring for you. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.
Thank you WeeBees and Nikolai! Mom will have to take a hot shower now that she's eaten something but she's got one heck of a migraine now. We don't know how those guys do it working in that smell all the time. Mom and everyone has been very ill all day. It says on the web that strong oil fumes can make you very sick and cause all kinds of organ damage so we're wondering if this is why the last several days Midnight has started having bad diarrhea and throwing up again. Despite mom upping her medication! Mom is going to give everyone in the house, including Middy some Milk Thistle to help their livers filter all this junk, mom will take some too. We're just really lucky nothing worse happened. If there was a spark of any kind the house could have exploded.
wees all purrin hard for our good friends there!!! Sure hope things look up for you, and it gets warm soon (though from da forecast...fat chance of the latter.. we got a mess coming here tomorrow nite)
Us too Blizz, that's why we're glad they fixed the furnace NOW before the weekend and before we get snow tonight and Saturday! That would have really stunk. We're just lucky we didn't have to leave here and stay somewhere else. Thank catness for that!
Sending lots of purrs for your family. Feel better soon!
Oh noes Miss Lacey, I only just heard of this! Big Angel love and intervention - Jaffs XXX
Thanks Rufus! MOL Jaffs, you sent us 3 times the posts for 3 times the angel purrs. MOL. we'll take it!!!!
We are so sorry...
That is not something to mess with. Fumes can really
do damage to both humans and pets.
We are so glad you are taking care of it and that hopefully
things will be healthy again in your home.
We will keep purring big time for you guys and gals...
Oh My CATNESS!!
Fumes are serious buisness. I'm so sorry about the expense but happy that it will get cleaned up right. I'm purring really really hard fur your family.
My meowmy sympathizes with the fume sensitivity. She is the same way. The wrong smelll makes her harbell! MOL!
Get well and stay warm
We are all purring for you and your family...we are so sorry to hear about all of this happening to you....we are just glad that no one had to go to the hospital...hang in there!
Thanks Biggles, Henry and Queen T! Oh goodness. A King and a Queen together in my diary! MOL. Henry my mom gets so sick furry easy with any kind of strong smells. We are very glad no one had to go to the hospital or that nothing bad happened but the repair guy even said it was REALLY REALLY STRONG. Even he had a hard time and he's used to it! So another day, another crises averted. Anyone want a 95 year old house that's falling apart? MOL
Maybe 3x lubs needed? You's welcome to all of them sweetiepie. I'll look in on you while you sleeping, to make sure you an yours are all tucked up safe an snug:) Jaffs
You've got our purrs darling, always.
*giggles* thanks Jaffs! You're so sweet! You too Zachy!
Sending you and your family so many hugs and purrs!
We're purring for you and your family, Lacey!!!!
Oh Lacey, I'm so sorry you guys are having to deal with all this right now. Why is it that bad stuff always comes in groups, one thing after another until you don't know which way to turn anymore. You guys can have all our purrs and prayers and good thoughts and love and, well, everything! We hope things straighten out soon and you have a good patch for a while because you all definitely deserve it!
Hang in there!! We love you guys!
Thank you Rose, Hunter and my sweet angel girl Sally Maria. Mommy says sometimes she feels like this house has a big old dark cloud over it but it's not true and she knows that. It's just like you said, things never happen at a good time. And thank catness nothing bad happened, that's all we can say. But mom is definitely concerned about all the toxic fumes we all breathed in. Petroleum is sooooo toxic!
I spoke too soon. The stupid furnace still wasn't coming on and mom just had to go down there and push the button to start it! It's only stalling at night for crying out loud! It's 25 degrees with a wind chill of 17.
MOL, mom just came up here yelling "Calgon take me away!" Who's Calgon? I don't want him to take my mommy away!
You know what a man would say "hit it with a hammer"
Finn! Look at my diary today. Please, you'll laugh so hard you'll pee in your floffy pants.
My entire family is praying and purring for your situation. I hate to hear so many things are happening at the same time. We are glad you posted so we can purr loudly and our pawrents can say human prayers for all of you too.
((Sending lots of hugs too))
Ashley, Tony, Angel Callie and pawrents
Mom would like to, believe me.
MOL pee my floffy pants? I think you mean floofy pants. MOL MOL. Okay I'm going.
I did misspell it didn't I. opps.
Than you Ashley!!! We love you and your family and massive purrs. Finally the heat just turned on. We're supposed to get snow this weekend too. Sheesh! And to top it off, the Boston station that owns the ones CW channel and also NBC with all the good shows mommy loves to watch, got in a dispute with Direct tv and they pulled their station off our satellite!!! Thousands of people are so mad they won't be able to watch the superbowl!! Mom is mad because tonight is her good tv night and now she'll have to watch her shows on the computer. POOH! It's not Direct tv's fault. The station wanted to raise their cost by 300%!!!! can you believe that? Direct tv said no way! They'd have to pass that on to us consumers and they wanted to keep working it out and the station manager pulled their programming. All this time we blame cable and satellite companies and come to find out it's the tv stations that make them raise their fees! GRRRRRR.
Oh no Finney, Lacey and pawsome Mom. We are purring and Mom said a prayer that things will get better and you don't get seriously sick. We are so sorry. This is just the worst time for something like this to happen, with the weather being cold.
A 95 year old house is furry old I think. Is it on the historic registry of your town? Maybe you can make it a historic site and charge admission? Just a little humor here. Trying to make you laugh in spite of all of this. Hope you all feel better soon, especially the old people and cousin Midnight.
Purrs and big hugs.
NBC is off! Ha! They will regret that if they don't renegotiate a lower price with Dtv. No Super Bowl will really tank their channel. Mom can't even find the remote. She thinks Diamond is laying on it.
Oh No! Lots of love and purrs for you and your family. That sounds aweful.
Mom says it still smells in here but she can't be sure now if it's just embedded in her sinuses. It just took 30 minutes for the heat to finally come on after she reset the furnace. MOL Timo! I never thought of that. I think me and Finney are definitely worth paying admission to see. I don't know about the historic thing, grampy definitely acts and sounds like he's historic a lot. Maybe me and Finney could charge admission to see us wash our floofy bellies or to play and have zoomies or something! We do plenty of cute stuff.
Thank you Cole! You are really handsome btw. My goodness! Zoe they are trying to say that their advertisers aren't pulling out yet but mom says that has to be bull ticky (whatever that is). The super bowl? I mean come on!!! Mom is missing Vampire Diaries and Secret Cirlce right now and she's really mad. It's not the same watching it on the computer. She DVRs all of her shows so she can zip through commercials.
Hey guys...we are purring for you and just sent out a p-mail. Ugh, first the water heater, then the furnace and now the tv...way to kick a person when they are down!
Well that's the third thing so hopefully that's done now! But the tv thing, at least it's only 2 stations and it won't hurt or kill us so mom can deal with that one. it just would have been nice for her to relax and watch her shows after this long day but oh well!!! MOL
Mom is scared to death that they will take General Hospital off. It's been rumored. She has been watching it sense she was like 12 or 13. It is her chill tv every day. She even gets picked on about being a GH fanatic at work.
They will settle for less, just watch and see.
Skylar, you guys are angels walking the earth.
They are, I agree. Skylar's fam are the pasomest!!
Well I hope they do it soon cause this is maddening and oh so wrong! Direct tv said that it was against FCC regulations for them to just yank the channels like that and they were filing a complaint with the FCC.
Mom used to watch all the soaps a long time ago and then got sick of trying to keep up. Plus it took up too much time to watch them.
Awww shucks (blushing)......We know you guys would be right there when we need it most too! That's what friends are for
As Finney puts his arm around Skylar and they both start to sing "in good times and bad times I'll be at your side forever more!!! that's what friends are forrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!" MOL
As soon as I hit enter I thought of the song, but I don't know how to do one of those links!
Don't bother, half the time they don't work anymore.
Sending y'all lotsa purrs.
Oh Lacey, I am sending all of the purrs I can muster to your family. I hope that your are all feeling okay!
Our family is purring for you! Last July our AC unit tried to catch fire and we had to stay at a hotel (like a real people hotel-Ive never been to one of those before!) because of the stinkies from that. I cant imagine staying there with all those fumes! Yuck! Take care of yourselfs and your momma!
Purring and purring wow you sure got hit over and over this time. Good times gotta be coming your way.
Yikes! That sounds awful!!! My Mama shares your sensitivity to smells, so she knows what you mean about feeling nauseous. And it was 2 degrees here this morning as well - BRRR...Glad you got the heat back on!!!
Thanks everyone, Annabelle that's furry scary! I'm so glad you're all okay. Hi Siggy! I have not seen you in ages. Well, day two of this debacle. Couldn't start the furnace without resetting it last night. Mom couldn't sleep she had such a bad headache and was so stressed. She took a muscle relaxant at 5:30 this morning!! Grammy and grampy also couldn't sleep. Then mom's awful sister started a fight with grammy and grammy was so mad she really let her have it. Mom was going to go to the gym today too. She only just started two days ago!!! and so far she's gone ONCE. That's what this house is like. Always an emergency. Mom is going to go nuts soon if she hasn't already. She thinks she's maybe already off the deep end and doesn't even know it. The guys are supposed to be on their way back over here to look at the furnace again.
Old adages that are so overused because they make so much sense: 'When it rains it pours' and Trouble Comes in Three's".
Let that last one be true--'cause that means your troubles will be over.
So sorry you had to go through all of this.
Oh no that is terrible news, we are so sorry. Sure hope you get all the fumes out quick, and are feeling better soon.
Purring for all of you. I wish we lived by you, You guys could all come over to my house and stay.
We got lots of snow with cold temps now too, and there is a blizzard going to hit tonight, so we hope we dont loose our power too.
Thank you Colette, I'm so glad your last test results came back well and that chemo is working well for you. We purr for you all the time sweetie.
MOL Shadow, you're so sweet. I wish we lived closer too. Mom would so much love to hang out with you. She has a feeling you two would have a blast. Then mom could just laugh a lot of this junk off.
Mom almost banged her head against a wall again today. She was supposed to get a big fat direct deposit from all the sales she did on our website and the company screwed up her checking account number somehow so now she has to wait who knows how long. She was counting on that money. sigh. will it never end? Mom says she's going to have a Smirnoff Ice and curl up back in bed with us. She's gonna play with us first, it makes us feel good and it makes her laugh. We've been super cuddling with her a lot lately.
We're sending you and your family so many hugs and purrs!
oh my - that old saying is sometimes true "if it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all" I hope things resolve with the furnace. We keep having that issue with vehicles. Slap a bandaid on em & some bubble gum & baling wire. I know that in Illinois they do have some programs for furnace repair or replacement subsidy, so perhaps in your state they do also., (my mom-in law got part of her repair paid for-course we ended up paying for the rest of it-don't get me started) Just take it one day at a time - this too shall pass. I would also try to drink as much water as possible to help flush things out of your systems. purrs & hugs my friend.
Yeah, I don't usually have THIS much bad luck. and basically the furnace isn't working right because we had no idea that the guy who put it in years ago, didn't do it right. So now that it needs a bad cleaning, it's going haywire. I just wish this didn't happen when it's 15 degrees! In the forums the New Orleans kitties had a GREAT suggestion! She said that when they had hurricane Katrina the health officials told them to go to the pet store in the fish supply section and get some charcoal. Put some all around the house in each room and it really works to absorb the odors and smells! That's such a great idea! I'm going to hopefully do that tomorrow while they're here working on it.
Sending lots of purrs!
How are you doing tonight Lacey and Family? Sending purrs to you!
Oh my, dear Lacey 'n Finn 'n sweet mommy!!~ How mush can a hooman take!? It's gotta turn 'round soon! Bad luck? Iz jus' life, mommy sez!~ Seems like it does run in three's though! Her been there, done dat! ya know's we purrin' fur u all 'n we in ur corner too! Iz what furiends do fur grand furiends! We love's U 'n we purrs 'n we send cuddles 'n huggles too!!~ Wif all da purrs n purrayers, U'll be ok, U'll see! Mom's tearin' up, her sez iz rough, 'n time's r tough!!! Believe me, her know's!! We wif U 'n we love's U bunches! Purrlease let us know how U be's today??!
Blizz, dood, purrlease keep 'n stay warm, my furiend!! See, dis is what we r here fur!!? We keep ya strong 'n we pawty too!!! MOL!!! *Milo winks at Lacey*
Love from all o' us,
Mommy Kathy, MILO, MALLEE, SAM, SMOKEY JOE, Ziggy 'n Timmy 'n our mommy's too!!
Pee Ess, hope U gotted dat charcoal too! Does it halps??
Hi everybody! Milo, I answered your very sweet post in the POTP forum to me but I'll just repeat it here for everybody else:
Well the furnace guy has been here all morning and said that it was so stopped up he hasn't seen one this dirty in ages. All of us had to go up and down the stairs all night and turn that stupid thing on and it wouldn't stay on. Thank goodness we had insulation blown in about 4 years ago. We had NO insulation at all for a long time. Sheesh! this old house is like a giant money pit. You wouldn't know it really to just look at it but yup. I suppose it could be worse, fact I know it could. But right now I'm sick of rationalizing it and I just want some quiet and peace for awhile. YA KNOW WHAT I MEAN JELLY BEAN? :)) Good thing he's here. It's 16 degrees and snowing like crazy. Will keep you all posted thank you so much for all your purrs and love. They help us get through these interruptions in our life. :m
This is what my grampy gets for not keeping things clean like he's supposed to. It's because he's getting up there, 84 years old. He forgets stuff and also we are always worrying about money, we just don't have it. but mom believes prevention works better than having something like this happen. He doesn't listen though. But anyway, mom couldn't go out yesterday to get the charcoal because of other stuff going on here that she was needed for. Now today we're having a snowstorm and it's super slippery outside so I guess that's out again. Sigh. Hopefully tomorrow because she really likes that idea. Grammy and grampy do to! If it works mom is going to put it in her newsletter. That was a brilliant suggestion by the New Orleans kitties! They're so pawsome!
So relieved and glad to hear from you Lacey! We have been really worried about you and your family. (((Lacey)))
Thank you Tigger. Sorry mommy has not been on the puter much. So much going on and she was really feeling sick from the fumes. So far so good today, (knock on a giant piece of wood). We're all okay! Thank you for your sweet lovin'! MOL
you guys are all wrong! Now a major pipe just burst up here in my wall! I have to tear my wall down and the downstairs is flooded. I GIVE UP!
this family must have done something wrong to deserve all this! I cannot take anymore of this. I just can't.
Oh Lacey and family. I really wish there was something i could do for you!!! Maybe send over da exorcist??? Might help.
Just know we are purring and thinking of you!!!
yes please! MOL. Well, after mom beat the heck out of her closet wall trying to get it open, turns out it's coming from downstairs. So now mom has to repair her closet this week. But guess what. It's not just us! The furnace repairman had to leave because his wife called, their son got in a car accident in this snowstorm. The car is totaled. I hope he's okay. AND, mommy's friend Rick is stuck on the highway because there's a tractor trailer tipped over. So as much as we are concerned for the others, at least we know it's not just us, but it SURE FEELS LIKE IT! Finney is giving mommy lots and lots of kisses, can you believe it?
Lacey - if it's really cold in your house, you should leave a water faucet on a very slow drip. You don't want all your pipes freezing and bursting! Also open up the cabinet doors under any sinks to get some warmer air in there. Purring and purring!
Hi Samoa, the furnace is working now. The repairman finished almost all of it before he had to race out of here. His son had a bad car accident in the snowstorm we're having and totaled his car. We're very worried about him, and waiting to hear if he's okay. I don't know how grampy stopped the leak, I think he stuffed the pipe with something until the repairman or someone else from his company can come back. But we do have heat! HURRAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! OMC, this is not the time of year to be without heat. It's 16 degrees with a windchill of 2!!!! TWO! But if it does happen again, we'll do that for sure Samoa, great idea! You guys all have furry good advice. It's hard to think sometimes when everything is happening at once.
Dear Lacey 'n mommy, we're purrin' so hard now also fur Ur spawcial furiend Rick 'n him be safe 'n unharmed. We're so sorry to hear bad things are now happenin' to other's 'round u also! Also purrin' fur da repair dood's son 'n hopin' he's ok!! Ooooh, sounds really COLD 'n nasty there! Purrlease don't go out, purrlease!?? Lacey, don't u let ur mommy go anywhare's! Stay inside! At least U haz heat now!! Dat's a blessed sign!!~ WE love's u lots 'n yeah, I can believe's Finney iz givin' mom lots o' lovin'z 'n kisses! Coz him know's! Him know's her frazzled 'n need's loads of kitty love's! We feel it, ya know??
Purrs 'n lotza purrfect kneadin's,
'n us all, MILO, SAM, SMOKEY JOE, Timmy 'n Ziggy
Don't worry, mommy had no intention of leaving the house. Even if she could she was nervous with all this stuff going on. The repairman's son is OKAY, so is his wife who was also in the car. They got hit by a snowplow and the car is totaled! Can you believe the repairman came back to finish his work? And he fixed the pipe that burst too. So now the heat is on and mom doesn't want to say too much in fear of jinxing it. But she took a nap on the bed with Finney and now she's going to take a nice hot shower.
Bout TIME yous had some GOOD mews!!!
I KNOW!!!!! Cept now this week mom has to buy a bucket of joint compound and repair her wall in her closet. Stupid grampy was convinced it was coming from up here. There wasn't even any water in here! Oh well, doesn't matter.
Oh thank catness that the repair-guy's son and wife are OK. Whew, you have heat and the leak is stopped. Mom says she's pressing her thumbs for you. That's what they do in Germany when you wish somebody good luck. Timo and I don't have thumbs. oh no. We're purring like crazy and we're pressing all our toes for you.
Hi Mietzi! Yes, we are soooo happy they're okay. That was worrying us. That's like a miracle to be hit by a snowplow and be FINE. Oh that sounds neat! Mom is going to press her thumbs together too. That's so cool.
OMC!!! Okay, NOTHING else is going to happen. We just will not let it! We luvs you so much, all your family, and we are sending pawsitive vibes to you. (((Lacey, Finney and Mom)))
Thank you Tigger. Yes, I agree! Enough already! sheesh! I'm so glad we have heat again, it's SOOOOOO cold right now!
OMC....what more could go wrong!!! We are purring for you and your mom.....glad that you now have heat and water....you're right this is not the time of year to have issues with you home! Any house weather it is new or old always had issues that seem to suck $$$ from you wallet....try to have a good weekend.
hugs & kisses
harley & angela
We hope everything is going better for you today, Lacey, Finn 'n sweet mommy! We're gonna purr 'n purray til you all get through this!!~
Mommy turned the heat on last night and stood there crossing all her fingers and toes saying "please turn on, please turn on." MOL. When it did turn on she did a dance all over the house! It was funny! So far so good today but mommy doesn't want to jinx it. She's going to TRY and get to the gym! She needs to get out of this house! Keep your paws crossed!
Oh my stars! Take a bit of time off to update a case study and things go haywire over at your house. MOL and yipes. Now let's see, wasn't it an arsonist back over the summer when we were writing the original case study. Hmmm... maybe we shouldn't.....
Sending purrs--hopefurly the rest of the winter will be quiet.