I am counting down the paychecks until I can get myself a better heating system. My old one is as good as dead, but I am glad that it chose to die in October instead of January, for instance. The HVAC service man that worked on it in September said it was on its way out anyway and he strongly suggested that I start looking for a new one. Well, it turns out he was not wrong at all. I was looking to see if it would last the entire winter, but now I am desperate to raise the money for a new one before it starts getting too cold. The problem is, I figure that I won’t have enough cash collected until at least after Christmas to pay for a brand new heating system. I could not imagine asking my friends and family to pay for a brand new heating system as a Christmas present, as that is a pretty steeply-priced gift. I do, however, hope that they will be understanding when I ask them each for a little cash to help me pay for a new heating system, because that is what I will really need this Christmas. The trouble is going to be making it through December without any form of central heating! I have already purchased a couple portable heating systems and I hope they will be enough. I surely hope this December will not be in the record low temperatures and for once I am not dreaming of a white Christmas!