Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Just because I’m a hard worker doesn’t mean my furnace has to be, except when it’s colder outside than my ex-lover’s heart.

Vacuuming in the laundry room, I decided to check the furnace filter, even though it had only been in place for three and a half months. When I pulled it out, I was shocked! It was a thick, deep gray, like my mood when the dog wakes me up in the middle of the night. It looked as if the cat was stuck to the filter, but I think it was kitty litter dirt.

The kitty litter box, in which I pour the cheapest clay litter, sits right next to the furnace. With both cats in the house at night rather than in the garage during this frigid winter, and the scratching they do to propel the clay, well, dust has to fly, like a dog digging a hole for his bone.

Tips: Make sure you know the air-flow direction on your furnace. I found filters at Home Depot to be less expensive than at my favorite grocery store. And don’t forget to change all your other filters: air purifier, vehicle’s air and oil filters, and your people filter.

And, friends, if you must smoke, use filters. No, please don’t smoke—someone loves you. Honest.

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  1. r u seriusly trying to cell the cat?

  2. Instead of a filter, I wear a flannel vest when I go to sleep in my room. The cat comes in the middle of the night and curls up on my chest, transferring fur. In the morning I brush off before I make coffee.

    I like a good cigar, but they smell nasty, so I am condemned to smoke them outside in my car. I often see the police driving past patrolling, but they haven't stopped to question me yet, even when I have the engine running and the interior light on so I can read in the dark in the snow.


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