Several people have asked me how we are handling our first full summer here in Florida, and if the heat and humidity are getting to us. We are actually doing quite well. Every day it gets into the upper 80s or low 90s and humidity is somewhere about the same, but it’s a wet heat. You know, like that dry heat they have in Arizona. I don’t care how dry it is, it’s dry inside an oven, too, but I don’t want to live in one. So instead, we live in a sauna and get thunderstorms every afternoon.
Having lived in the deserts of Arizona and now here, there’s really no difference in one’s lifestyle. In either place, if you have anything you need to do outside, you do it early in the morning before it gets too hot, and the rest of the day you stay inside your air-conditioned house unless you need to get into your air-conditioned car and drive to the air-conditioned grocery store, or wherever else you need to go.
We spent most of the summer before we bought this place hanging out at Elkhart Campground in Indiana, a place where we stayed often during our fulltime RVing years. Knowing that we wanted to settle down in this area, I carefully monitored the weather reports for both places every day. It really wasn’t that different. Usually it was a few degrees cooler (very few) and the humidity was a few (very few) points lower in Indiana, but not by much. Just like we do here, that summer we stayed in the air-conditioned motorhome during the heat of the day, only going out when we had to, in which we got into our air-conditioned car and drove to the air-conditioned store and… you see where I’m going. Given the two places, I’d rather be here than in Indiana. Come wintertime up there, people will be staying inside because of the cold, and down here I’ll be out on my boat or at the beach.
I have received emails and messages from quite a few folks asking how my back is doing. After visits to the chiropractor on Friday, Monday, and again yesterday, it’s a lot better. I still have some residual pain when I move the wrong way, but I’m not using my cane and I’m not taking any pain pills. And for the last couple of nights I’ve been able to sleep in our bed instead of sitting up in my recliner. So that’s a big improvement.
Because I hate taking pain meds, I have been looking into alternatives like CBD oil and even medical marijuana, which is legal here in Florida if you have a prescription from a doctor. Actually, you can’t buy marijuana here, you’re buying oils with the extract in them. I’ve never been one to use any kind of drugs, not even pot, but I do know a lot of people who have been greatly helped by it, so I’m not ruling anything out at this point. Ideally, I need to fix the problem, not just put a Band-Aid over the pain, and I’m looking at my options there, too.
It’s hard for me to write when my head is foggy from pain pills and lack of sleep, so I find myself behind schedule on my new John Lee Quarrels book. I had hoped to have it out by the end of the month, or by early September at the latest, and I’m really going to have to put my nose to the grindstone if I plan to meet that deadline.
In other book news, I should have the proofs for the print editions of Mullets And Man Buns and Big Lake Fugitive sometime today, or tomorrow at the latest. Once I go over them to make sure everything is okay and give CreateSpace, which is Amazon’s print book division, then they will be available for sale within a day or so.
Also, I have signed a contract with Tantor Media, a division of Recorded Books, the largest independent publisher of audiobooks around, for the audiobook rights to the first four books in the John Lee Quarrels series. I retain all rights to print and e-books, all they are taking on are the audiobooks, which are a hassle for me to deal with since finding good narrators is hard to do and very time-consuming. They tell me production will probably take a month to six weeks. I’ll keep you updated on the progress.
Thought For The Day – You don’t always get what you wish for. You get what you work for.