I had a pipe burst yesterday - a trouble pipe... had it repaired a few times, but it's lasted 9+ years, so I couldn't remember which of the many many many valves on the many many many pipes running along the basement ceiling actually turned off that section. I thought I had it, then nope, then yes, then no... so I turned off the water main. because of that, I had to shut off the furnace, can't have that running without water... anyway, it took about 3 hours and handyman and I had it fixed. I am so grateful he was around. while I waited for him to arrive, I zipped to the hardware store and got the flex pipe, the shark bite coupler's and pipe cutter as well as the flex pipe remover tool, just in case... I still have stuff to put back, but it's all dry and cleaned up.
my house may have a few old drafty windows, but it is very well insulated. during the 3.5 hours that the furnace was off, the house only dropped from 68 to 60. upstairs was still probably 65.
it's weirdly warm this morning. not raining yet, but we did get a bit of slush overnight.
MC, that many chicks will go through 50 lbs in ~ 3-4 weeks. has shelf life of 3 months, so... you're good with one 50 lb bag at a time since you stocked up on all those big bags not long ago, unless you have room, and can store an extra...