Is Winter Over Yet?

 Posted by at 1:27 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 112017

That cold front the weatherman had been promising us arrived with a vengeance over the weekend, with overnight temperatures down into the mid to upper 30s. Now, if you live in some godforsaken place like Michigan or Minnesota, that probably seems like a balmy spring day to you. But I’m not there. I’m here on the central coast of Florida and about to launch into a world-class snivel if things don’t warm up quickly. Please tell me winter is over.

It didn’t help matters that the heater side of our new air-conditioning unit did not work Saturday night. We set the thermostat for 68° when we went to bed, and when I woke for a potty trip about 5 AM and checked it, it was 59° inside our place. What’s that all about?

We just had the unit installed in early September, so I called Davis Brothers, the company we bought it from, and even though it was Sunday they had someone here within an hour or so. And the problem is what I suspected. When they first installed the unit I was told we needed to upgrade the original wiring for the AC, because what we had running to the old unit was insufficient for the new one. It would carry the load of the air conditioner, but not the heater. With everything going on with Hurricane Irma, it took a while for an electrician to get to us and run the new circuit. Than it took a while for an inspector to come out from the county and approve the job. Somewhere along the line, somebody dropped the ball and they forgot to have someone come out and connect the heat side of the unit. Once the tech did that and made a small adjustment to our digital thermostat, we had heat. I like having heat!

Most of the day yesterday was spent with Terry giving my new book, Big Lake Snowdaze, a final read through to check for anything that might have slipped by in the proofreading process. And sure enough, she found a few little things and I made changes to them before formatting it to get it ready to upload to Amazon. You can download your copy at this link.

In this most recent visit to our little mountain town, during a polar bear plunge into the lake during the town’s first annual winter celebration, they find the nude body of a woman floating in the cold water. And only in a place like Big Lake would the sheriff’s response be, “And I thought the worst thing that could possibly happen this weekend was when the mayor killed Santa Claus!”

A lot of you do your online shopping by clicking this Amazon link or the Amazon Search box at the top right sidebar of this blog. We appreciate that because when you purchase an item on Amazon any time of the year from one of our links, we earn a small commission, which helps us offset the cost of publishing the blog.

Congratulations Tom Van de Bussche, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Hands of Onyx, book 2 in the Sav’ine series by Stacy Bender. We had 37 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

Thought For The Day – I love Christmas. I receive a lot of wonderful presents I can’t wait to exchange. – Henny Youngman

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  8 Responses to “Is Winter Over Yet?”

  1. Is ice fishing on mosquito lagoon on your bucket list ??
    Well stick around adventurous guy it won’t be long before you will be drinking hot chocolate ?? and singing Christmas carols ?? while ice-skating up and down the river?

  2. Just downloaded a copy of Big Lake Snowdaze. If I read your books through Kindle Unlimited how do you get paid? I’m thinking about joining.

  3. We’ve got you beat – no furnace yet (being shipped from Michigan) and it was 48 in/30 out) this morning. We can out snivel you. 🙂

  4. Good heavens … that’s the temperature I keep my house at ALL the time!! Come on Nick … buck up!!! As my mom would say, PUT ON A SWEATSHIRT!!

  5. Just bought my copy….Big Lake series is my favorite. Keep writing.

  6. I am in that wonderful place called Michigan, and that wonderful white stuff only appears when it’s cold, so I’ll take it! Glad you got your heat going.

  7. As a 50 year resident of the area (Ormond Beach) I can tell you this – we always have a cold spell around the middle of December then it gets warm again and Christmas is usually balmy. But! I know your reputation for causing weather changes so I’m looking forward to a white Christmas this year! Our coldest weather is usually in February so I’m expecting a heat wave. Enjoy our beautiful winter.

    Glad you got your heat fixed, I like to keep my house warm but sometimes it seems its warmer outside than inside!

  8. Barry, authors get paid per page read on Kindle Unlimited. The more pages of an author’s books get read in the course of a month, the bigger their payout.

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