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Open House: Winter Worries in the House

For some reason, when I was growing up, my house always seemed to fall apart in the Winter, which was the time when I was at home and indoors the most. The pipes burst. The creosote in the chimney caused chimney fires. The heater died after 20 years of working without a hitch. The plowman thought it was funny to plow all of the snow in front of our garage doors, with the cars parked inside. Really, nothing can go right when the temperature drops.

So, for this week's Open House, I want to hear about all of your Winter worries. Is the heating repairman your best friend these days? Are your floorboards creaky and contracting with the cold weather? Is there a squirrel storing nuts in your pipes? (Trust me, it has happened.) Are your neighbors less than diligent about keeping up with their outdoor maintenance? Tell me all about your past or current headaches by leaving a comment below. Next week I'll compile our CasaSugar complications, and we can all whine collectively. Hopefully, we'll be able to pinpoint what ails us the most and find a way to tackle our issues with the force of an army of readers!

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