Well, I am finally out of bed and able to keep food in my stomach again. I don't go down sick very often, but that bug was nasty. To make matters worse, I got sick on a Friday night, and then while I was still in bed on Saturday, my heater decided to quit. Stop dead. Refuse to come on. In case you don't remember, I live in the western mountains, and it's cold here. The only thing that could have been worse about the timing would have been if it had also been way below zero, which thankfully it was not. The temps were hovering around freezing.
Obviously no one was going to be able to repair it over the weekend, so I just drained all the water from my pipes and moved my sick self and my house plants to a very kinds friend's house for the weekend.
On Monday I was able to contact the closest repair man authorized by the heater manufacturer (He's only a 7 hour drive away, each way, in the winter. Ahh the joys of living in the middle of nowhere.) and he made it out on Tuesday. The furnace is still under warranty and Tumbleweed was terrific about taking care of everything. They really have been a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend their customer service on both sides of buying a house from them.
If you happen to be in the greater Yellowstone area and in need of work on a furnace, I also would highly recommend calling Marty of Park County RV, Inc. (1-866-627-4678). He is very helpful and knowledgeable. He showed up, pulled the furnace out of it's very tiny space with assistance from a good friend of mine, and got everything working again in short order. Now my house is nice and toasty again. I'm so glad there are people who know how to do all kinds of things I know nothing about!