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!”
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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