We love our home here on Florida’s central coast. We really do. We’ve got plenty of room for all of our activities, from Terry’s huge weaving room to my snug little office, a garage that is large enough to hold all of our toys and then some, and we are just minutes from the beach. What’s not to love?
Well, the heat, that’s what. Don’t get me wrong, we knew it was going to be hot and humid here in the summertime, and that’s okay. We were prepared for that. And truth be told, the summers here really aren’t all that much worse than the summers in the Midwest, where we used to spend a lot of our time.
We spent most of our last summer as fulltime RVers at Elkhart Campground in Indiana. We were strongly considering purchasing this place, so every day all summer long I compared the weather there and here. It was usually a few degrees hotter here, and the humidity was 5% to 10% higher. But really, if you’re talking 85° and 80% humidity in Indiana versus 90° and 85% humidity here, what’s the big difference? In either place, I wasn’t going to spend a lot of time doing things outside during the middle of the day. It’s no different than living in a cold climate, where you spend months of the year staying inside as much as possible.
But enough already! I’ve got friends in Montana who have already had snow this year, and it’s still at 90° here. Now, I don’t want anything to do with snow ever again, but isn’t there a happy median somewhere? We’ve been here in Florida many times in October in years past and the weather’s been pretty decent. I sure wish it would get there now. Did you know you can get cabin fever in hot climates just as easily as you can in cold?
The good news is, since it’s been too hot to go out and play, Miss Terry has been getting a lot of weaving done while I’ve been writing. So we both have been productive. I’ve been knocking out anywhere between 3,000 and 6,000 words a day on my new John Lee Quarrels book and yesterday I hit 64,000 for a total word count. I should be able to finish it up by the end of the week so Terry can start the editing and proofing process.
I also have the formatting and cover finished for the print version of Big Lake Tragedy and will be submitting it to Create Space, Amazon’s print division, today. It’s been out as an e-book for a while now, and for those of you who prefer the print version, it should be available by early next week.
Today I do have to take some time away from my desk to run into New Smyrna Beach and renew the registrations for our vehicles and my boat. In Florida, everything comes due on your birthday, which is Sunday. It’s kind of nice to get it all out of the way at once, but at the same time, when things are staggered it’s not quite so hard on the old budget.
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