Do you remember all of those problems I talked about in yesterday’s blog? I wrote about how my computer kept wanting to do updates, and then when I made the PDF of the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, the file size was too big, then I had problems getting it uploaded to our Web server, and then I had problems with Mail Chimp trying to get the link sent out to our subscribers.
Well, apparently the gremlins never sleep. Yesterday morning I sent out notices to our digital subscribers who are due for renewal, and almost immediately I started getting messages back that when they went to the renewal page and clicked on the buttons for a one or two year renewal, nothing happened. Now what?
I fought with it for a while and quickly realized that it was beyond my ability to figure out, so I called Greg White to ask for his help. But I had forgotten that Greg worked all night gate guarding, and was asleep. So it was late in the day by the time I talked to him. He jumped right on it and had the problem fixed pretty quickly. So if you tried to renew and couldn’t make the buttons work yesterday, please try again. And thanks Greg, you’re always there when I need you. Well, sometimes you’re asleep. When you wake up you’re ready to get the job done!
Yesterday afternoon we went to the County tax office in New Smyrna Beach and filed the Homestead exemption for our house. It has to be filed between January and March, and it was pretty simple. All we had to do was fill out a form, show our drivers licenses, and it was done. No fee, no waiting in long lines, just two friendly ladies at the counter happy to make our lives easier. And I’m sure glad we did it, because after looking things up, the lady who handled our paperwork told us we will save about $1,500 a year on our property taxes from now on. How cool is that?
When we were done with that, we drove down to the beach and paid $25 for an annual beach driving permit, which is good anywhere in Volusia County. Without the permit, it costs $10 a day to drive and park on the beach. Like every government employee we have dealt with here, the young lady who handled that was friendly and efficient, and even put the windshield sticker on the Explorer for us.
I figured what the heck, we’ve got a beach driving permit, we might as well drive down the beach. So we did! It was a beautiful day and a lot of people were out enjoying the sun. I couldn’t help but thinking that while I was looking at girls in skimpy bikinis and thongs, and my buddy Rocky Frees up in Muskegon, Michigan is shoveling snow.
How skimpy were those bikinis? Let me just say that there were enough distractions that after driving down the beach for a while I missed the next exit ramp. Yes, life is very, very good!
Lowe’s was supposed to send out an independent service technician to look at our stove this afternoon, but late yesterday he called to say that there was a scheduling conflict and he wouldn’t be able to get to us until Wednesday. I’m glad the problem is just the oven light and that the rest of the stove still works. I could easily starve to death between now and Wednesday. A few weeks ago I wrote about how good Lowe’s is in their discounts for veterans, but they’re losing a whole bunch of brownie points with me with the way they are handling this. We’ll see how it plays out.
Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is the newly released Forever Series boxed set by my dear friend Mona Ingram. It includes a total of eight stand-alone romance novellas. Each book tells the story of a woman at a crossroads in her life. They contain no graphic sex, but instead focus on the woman’s journey and how it leads to love. The set retails for $9.99, but you could win one free! To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – The human body is 60% water. So really, we’re just cucumbers with anxiety.