I had planned on watering our citrus trees and perennial peanut plants yesterday, but sometime early in the morning, we had a pretty good rain and woke up to big puddles in the street, so that saved me one chore.
However, it gave us another one to deal with. My Bennington pontoon boat has three stowable upright braces that can be set on the deck and then extended into special receptacles in the boat cover. I guess this is supposed to protect the upholstery from the sun’s ultraviolet rays and keep things dry. It seems to do a good job in sun protection, but after the hard rain we had it was sagging under the weight of the water that had accumulated on the cover. So Terry unsnapped the cover at the back of the boat and opened the gate and crawled inside. Then she pushed upward on the cover from the inside, forcing the water off. And there sure was a lot of it!
While we were doing that, our neighbor Jesse Bolton from across the street came over to chat for a few minutes, and when he went back to some project he was working on we went inside. I spent most of the day writing and making corrections in my new book, and printed out several more chapters for Terry to proofread. Then I made corrections to the previous chapters I had received back from Judy Rinehimer and Roberta Jenson, my second and third proofreaders.
While I was busy doing that, Miss Terry was busy creating. She finished three Shetland wool blankets that she wove for our daughter Tiffany and her family. Three blankets down, and three more to go. As many projects as I have seen Terry take off of her loom, I’m still in awe of the beautiful things she makes.
With that done, she packed three turban style headbands she had knitted for daughter Tiffany and a book order to go to the post office today.
Due to the pandemic, we try not to go out very much, just trips to the grocery store and doctors’ appointments when necessary. But today, we will be driving out to the Volusia County Fairgrounds to get our first COVID-19 Moderna vaccines. We are really looking forward to that, and getting the follow-up ones four weeks from now. Of course, that doesn’t mean we are going to start running around without masks, and ignoring social distancing and other common sense precautions. Someone asked me why I’m going to wear a mask if we get a vaccine. Because nothing is foolproof, and we all know that. That’s why our cars have airbags and seatbelts even though they’ve got brakes. As any experienced pilot will tell you, there is safety in redundancy
Congratulations Ronald Zack, winner of our drawing for an autographed copy of Big Lake Blizzard, the fourth book in my Big Lake mystery series. This is the last one of the first printing of this book with the original cover. We had 69 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon!
Thought For The Day – I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island but turned out to be an optical Aleutian.