Meanwhile, the big propane bottle needed to be refilled. Lisa left it tied to the hand truck, but she asked me to go ahead and go get it refilled without her. It was pretty cold out there; around -8°C. So I bundled up and rolled the cart down to Hanneman Service and got the bottle refilled. I also took the opportunity to give Bob Hanneman (the owner) a box of nice cookies that Lisa and I got from Cost Plus World Market. I know the traditional day for such gifts would have been December 26, but we needed the propane bottle now, so I gave it to him today. His business (which includes being the local AAA service) basically puts him on 24/7 call, and he's always been nice to me and Lisa, so we're happy to do a good turn for him.
So now I get the long holiday weekend, and on Monday I get most of the day off, although there's one hour of work that I need to do at 4:30 AM that day before saying goodbye for the rest of the day.