In a pinch one can use the oven to heat the kitchen and then have a fan to send that warm/hot air into others rooms, like the living room for instance. It's been determined, after a photo I posted to Facebook showing how fast the oven loses heat with the door cracked (couple hundred degrees in 10 minutes), that more than likely the oven needs to have the thermostat replaced. So I'll call the landlord and ask him to send a maintenance person to check it out. Hopefully the cold weather won't stay around too much longer, even though we're in Texas, February is said to be one of the colder months. I'm hoping not, but.. Whether it is or not, the oven should still work correctly.
We didn't have a refrigerator for a few weeks, so we used a cooler and just replaced the ice every couple of days. Well, that got old and we got a little financial help from a relative, so I ordered us a mini fridge-freezer online from Wal*Mart that's been pretty good for us. Because the freezer is tiny though, there's only room for a small ice tray that came with the fridge-freezer and a coulple of 1 pound chubs of hamburger. I want to get a full-size fridge with a full-size freezer so that I can buy other kinds of frozen food. Food like steaks, pork chops, packages of frozen hamburgers, and maybe some of those evil, frozen, microwavable corndogs.
Anyway, we're settling in pretty well into a much smaller town (6000) than we were in in Austin, TX (850,000+). I think the slower lifestyle and people that waive from there cars, or walking, and also saying "hi" in stores, is good for me. Not only are small town people friendlier than the city people in Austin, but there are so fewer, that the energy is also less, which is doing me good.
The only things I miss from Austin is my daughter, her boyfriend, his parents, and one other friend. But they're only an hour's drive away, so I can visit often. So it's all good. The move has been good for me, me thinks.
That's all I've got for now. Rather it's all I can think of to write at the moment. I said I would write, and now I have. I'll try and be more talkative now that we've pretty much settled in.