After taking care of the morning’s email, I spent part of the day writing and got in another 3,000 or so words in my new John Lee Quarrels book. Fans of the series keep asking me when it will be ready, and all I can say is that I’m working on it. Books are like babies; they come out when they’re ready to and it’s not a good idea to try to push them out before their time. But I think when it does come out, it will be worth the wait.
The wait is over for the audiobook of Big Lake Honeymoon. It went live on Audible.com yesterday and you can order it at this link. It will be available on iTunes and Amazon within the next few days.
I knocked off writing a little after 1 P.M. to help Miss Terry install a window air conditioning unit in our garage. As you may know, our garage is a huge 1100 square foot metal building that we recently had spray foamed to provide insulation, since it gets very hot in there during the summertime. We like to play darts and have a dartboard hanging in the garage, but when the temperature gets up into the 80s it’s not very much fun. The insulation helped a lot, and we hoped that putting in an air conditioner would make even more of a difference.
We went with a Frigidaire 8,000 BTU unit, which is supposed to be able to cool down a 350 square foot room quite well. Yes, the garage is a lot bigger than that, but we don’t need it to be ice cold in there, just a little more comfortable. Neither of us had ever installed a window unit before, but you all know Miss Terry can do just about anything when she sets her mind to it. And it was actually pretty easy.
It was 81° inside the garage at 2 P.M. when we finished the installation and turned the AC unit on. We put one of our huge fans on a table about four feet in front of it to pull the cool air deeper into the garage. Within an hour or so the temperature had dropped a full degree, and when we went out to check later in the evening, it was somewhere around 74° in the garage. Not bad at all. Of course, I don’t know what that’s going to do to our electric bill, but we won’t be running it all the time. This is just an experiment to see how much difference it makes.
We have a second one of these air-conditioners, a 6,000 BTU unit, that we bought to help keep the house livable during power outages. And since we are only a couple of months away from the start of hurricane season, it may get a workout this summer. We plan to order a pair of Honda EU2200i 2200 watt generators from Amazon to provide power when we need it. These are well-known units to RVers and are popular for how quiet they are and the fact that they are bulletproof.
Besides being able to build or repair just about anything, you all know that Terry is also an excellent cook. Many of you who have bought her cookbook, Miss Terry’s Kitchen, have told us how much your family appreciates the recipes she included in it.
Last night’s dinner was her delicious, made from scratch pizza. Now, I will tell you something. I’m a pizza guy. I’ve eaten pizza from New York City all the way to Chicago, and everywhere else in the country, and nobody’s pizza has ever been as good as Miss Terry’s. I think anybody who’s ever been fortunate enough to sit down at our table and share one with us will tell you the same thing. She actually made three pizzas yesterday, one all pepperoni for me, and two more with veggies and all kind of things I wouldn’t consider putting in my mouth for herself and our friend Jim Lewis. I’m glad they like all that rabbit food on their pizza, it means more pepperoni for me!
And for dessert, how about this amazing berry cheesecake? Does your AC installation guy feed you this well?
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Thought For The Day – All those opposed to speeding tickets please raise your right foot.