This is a thing that really happened in our apartment in the Big Pink House once! Only in real life, I was pregnant with the Girl and of course we didn’t have Goldie yet. In the winter of 2015 there was a series of big winter storms in Rhode Island. (They all seemed to hit on Mondays—anyone from New England remember that winter? Wild! The Girl was born on April 3 and there was still snow on the ground!)
During one of the early ones we lost all the heat to the apartment. (Kept power in real life, thank goodness! Just the heat and the stove went). We called the gas company, but there were outages everywhere, pipes and tanks were freezing up in the snow. They assured us someone could thaw the outside pipe out, but it might take a day or two because so many people were ahead of us. It was pretty late at night and with temperatures expected to hit the single digits, we brought the Boy and all the cats into our bedroom and curled up under many blankets. The next day the Man put a towel in the dryer and got some extension cords and thawed the gas pipe outside, which sure enough was packed in ice in a snow drift, using the warm towel and my hair dryer on low, haha!! (The gas company had suggested this, if we wanted to try on our own) All fixed! The rest of the Big Pink House was on oil heat, if I remember right, only our apartment was on gas, from a big tank in the back. It had been converted after the rest of the house. We had lower utilities because of this, which was great, but that storm had us checking that pipe ever after!
February 26, 2016