Wednesday I stayed home from work and watched Quinlan and Lorelei. About 11:30, I had put Lorelei down for a nap and was playing with Quinlan when I noticed the smell of smoke. Looking up, it was a *holy-cow-there’s-smoke* moment! I just happened to glance at the heating vent under my bar and there was smoke coming out of it!!! Oh, MY GOODNESS!
I grabbed the phone and dialed Brandon. I’d seen him headed home a few minutes before, and hoped to catch him. While the phone rang, I ran downstairs to the furnace room. The door knob wasn’t hot, so I looked in, nothing extraordinary here. I quickly ran to the other rooms. On my way back I met Quinlan following me.
“Hey, Quinlan, get your boots on!”
“Yes, now, put your boots on!”
We rushed out the door, and I happened to see Brandon down at the stackyard, 3/4 of a mile away. I have an old school bell outside my door… we went to ringing it! I added my “dog whistle” just in case Brandon thought Quinlan was just playing. When I saw the pickup headed my way, Quinlan was instructed to keep ringing the bell, and I ran inside to get Lorelei. Still sound asleep, I wrapped her in a blanket and headed outside. The smoke wasn’t getting worse, and there wasn’t any coming out of the vent anymore… I still hesitated to call the fire department… because, well, this far out of town… WE are the closest fire department.
Brandon searched the house… and looked again. The smoke was thinning… and I cautiously took the kids back inside. I opened some windows and doors… and soon Vernon was home for lunch as well. He couldn’t find anything, and the smoke had left. It was a mystery.
Today the furnace company came and did an inspection. Everything passed with flying colors… my furnace is fine. We’d had the ducts cleaned last fall, so it remains a mystery.
It definitely made the middle of my day exciting… but, there’s no need to repeat this! Especially with kids in my house!
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