Hooray! I have heat. The leaks have been repaired, and shortly after Thanksgiving, they will bring down the furnace (new last winter) down from the other house.
I have 5 days off from Thanksgiving through the following Monday, and I can finish the painting. But for now we are living here, and enjoying the old place...especially Romeo, who seems to love to throw himself down on the floor and roll around like a puppy.