Auntie Tabitha called me to tell me that she would visit for nearly two weeks.
I was both excited and terrified at the same time.
I was excited because it meant spending time with her and doing fun things. We even had a hike planned, but on the other hand, I was terrified. She was hell-bent on setting me up on dates because she claimed I worked too much and did not have a social life. Auntie Tabitha was almost right, but I would never admit it in her presence. The day she arrived, there was an HVAC professional from homeowner solutions. He had come to perform a heat pump service. Before I got the HVAC, Tabitha suggested I get a dual-fuel system just like the one she replaced her electric furnace with, but since I lived in a warmer climate, the heating contractor had suggested duct-free heating equipment. Auntie Tabitha met the heating technician on the driveway as she was coming in while he was going to the HVAC supplier truck. From the window, I saw my aunt talking to him and knowing her, and I was confident that it had nothing to do with quality heating or a furnace/heater tune-up. A week later, I was seated across the table with the same tech from the local heating business that my aunt thought was charming from the few seconds she talked to him on my driveway. Later that evening, my aunt was waiting by the door so that I could tell her how my date went. Auntie Tabitha can be meddlesome, but thanks to her, I had a lovely date, and we had planned for another date, and it had nothing to do with heating devices or indoor comfort.