I’m Still Here!

This picture has nothing whatsoever to do with my post. I just wanted to look at some place COOL.
I’d like to be rolling around in the snow right this minute!

So sorry to have been absent for almost two weeks! My granddaughter was here for a week, and we were out taking eco-boat tours, and visiting drive-through wildlife sanctuaries, and doing lots of crafts. Just having fun. And then…dum, dum, duuuuuuum…I returned to my house after driving her back to Gainesville, onlyΒ to discover my a/c wasn’t cooling well. By the next day, “not cooling well” would have been a happy phrase, because it had then stopped, altogether. It was 100 degrees here that day, and my husband, who knows a/c repair pretty darn well, since he’s Chief Engineer for a property management company in Orlando, was in OHIO. I’ve already complained ad nauseum about my misery, being a person who hasn’t been cool since 1972, in every sense of the word, so I’ll spare you some of the details. I suffered GREATLY waiting on him to come home, believe me.

We were without air for six days, during a point where the outdoor temps ranged between 94 and 98 every day, with the occasional 100 degree scorcher thrown in, just to remind us that Mother Nature can play dirty pool when she wants to. Thankfully, when Mark got home Wednesday night, he pulled our emergency window a/c (used for camping and/or lengthy power outages in hurricane season, along with our portable generator) out of the shed,Β and installed it in the bedroom. It was heaven to sleep comfortably again, and to know I had a little hidey-hole to run to when I started feeling heat stroke levels of discomfort coming on. Bless his heart, he did all this in the dead of night, after a long trip, too. (I’m sure he figured anything was better than listening to me moan and groan). He ordered a new fan motor the next day, installed it after work Friday, and voila! COLD AIR in my house once more. All is right in the world. And even better, the part was $175, the labor was free. So an $800 to $900 repair for a fraction of the cost.

Yay for people who can fix things. Not me. I’m afraid I’m not mechanical at all. If it has more moving parts than a spoon, I’m in trouble. 😦

At any rate, I’m playing catch-up now. Didn’t lift a finger for nearly a week, since it was simply too hot to move. But I promise to read the new posts and get some interesting tidbits up here this week. And I’m putting together a little challenge for you guys, just for fun. Because…spare time on your hands, right? πŸ˜€ Will get back to you on that, soon. Strictly voluntary stuff, naturally.

Hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend, celebrating Independence Day, or just enjoying your time off.Β 

Must get back to laundry. Haven’t made a very big dent in the pile, yet. Carry on, folks. As you were! *going away now, repeating my favorite line from the movie Dogma: “No pleasure, no rapture, no exquisite SIN greater than…central air.”

Aint it the truth?

17 thoughts on “I’m Still Here!

  1. Wow no AC is terrible. Sorry. Glad your husband could fix it. Only as a child did AC freeze me out. I mean I went outside to get warm! We never had AC until I was in high school.


    • Well, there’s heat…and then, there’s…heat! And ohmygawd, it’s been blinkin’ awful here this last couple of weeks. No way I could actually live here without a/c. Just not doable at all.

      I’m dreaming about a little cabin on a wooded piece of mountain property, just like in Wake-Robin Ridge. I dream about that cabin, with the stream running through the back yard and the gardens along the side, a LOT. Must be why I wrote the book. I’ve been away from the Blue Ridge waaaaay too long. Need my fix of mountain air, even though it can get pretty warm there, too. Nothing like this, though. And it doesn’t start in March and last until December, either.

      Now you’ve done it. I’m dreaming about autumn in the Blue Ridge, and it’s all your fault. (That’s my story, an’ I’m stickin’ to it!) πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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        • Ha! Good plan, if you don’t mind hanging out with a Granny! πŸ˜€ I love mountains…all of them…though I love the Appalachians most of all. (Did you know it’s the oldest mountain chain on earth? Hence the eroded, rolling shapes to the range). I’ve been to the Rockies, the Poconos, all over Pennsylvania, and through a bit of upstate N.Y. but never have been to any part of New England. Yet! But there’s always tomorrow! πŸ˜€ Who knows? Maybe a trip that way is in the cards one of these days. Right before my trip to Scotland.

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  2. i don’t envy you one bit. Temps hit just over the 100 mark last week here in the UK, fortunately only for one day – phew!
    And even better, that was the day I flew north to the Highlands – it’s soooo much nicer up here, even though unusually warm and I actually got sunburned one day – we really don’t expect to need sun tan lotion up here!
    BTW love that photo πŸ˜€

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      • Good grief. I can’t imagine it being that hot in the UK! So glad it didn’t last. At least I’m usually prepared for it this time of year. Glad you got to the Highlands, though. Right after I go meet Sue Coletta in New Hampshire, I’ll come see you and we’ll go see Callum in Scotland. Yay!! Road trip!! (And ocean trip, or airplane trip, or horseback. I know you do that! πŸ˜€ )

        I don’t go to the mailbox without Total Eclipse sunblock, so I’ll be safe wherever we go. Sweep out the guest room. Hahahahaha.

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        • I’ll start planning right away for your arrival…
          And make sure you come straight to Scotland – there are warnings of another heat wave on the way for England – yes, it does get that hot at times, just infrequently. Thank goodness.

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          • Deal! I’ll meet you there. Men in kilts! Highland cattle. Lochs. Men in kilts. Standing stones. Castles. Men in kilts. Oh. Sorry. Got carried away, there. I like men not in kilts, too. Ermm. Better stop now. This is entirely inappropriate for a granny of my advanced years! Sorry!

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            • Haha, you’re never too old to appreciate a man in a kilt. Why, I was just doing that very thing yesterday while having a leisurely lunch in a cafe. Not trying to make you jealous, or anything πŸ˜‰

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              • And you didn’t succeed, either. (MUCH!) What is it about men in kilts, I wonder? My husband with a bath towel around his waist just isn’t the same! *sigh*

                *going off to think about men in kilts again. And Highland games. And men in kilts.*
                (You get my drift.)

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      • Thank you. Great when life starts to get back to normal again. But I’m always behind, anyway. I have only 12 days to put together an entire Self-Publishing Workshop for Beginners. Gleep. I’m going to have to put in some long hours getting it set up. But I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.


          • No, but I do have to get my PowerPoint presentation set up, and my handouts printed. I want to share a bunch of resources with these folks, and be able to answer their questions with at least a modicum of intelligence. (I’ll have to fake that part!) I’ll try to make it fun for them all, and inspire them to just go for it. But I do have to give them something solid they can work from.

            It’ll be close, but I think I can get it done. I had OBS last week, and couldn’t work. (Overheated Brain Syndrome). All my thoughts came out like boiled library paste…nothing at all worth saving. SO glad I’m cool and collected, now. (*snort*)


            • I hear you. I put together my first ever power point presentation yesterday for a webinar I am due to give later this month and it took some thinking to get things in order. Fingers crossed your a/c keeps functioning!


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