The other day the weatherman from News Channel 6 in Orlando said that Winter is over and Spring is officially here. But you couldn’t prove that by me yesterday.
A cold front came through Central Florida, bringing rain and wind with it and keeping the temperature down in the low 60s all day long. On gloomy days like that, I’m glad I don’t have to work for a living, and instead can spend my days sitting at the computer writing books.
Sometime during the afternoon, the power blipped off two or three times and came right back on. I sure was glad we have our Tripp Lite battery backup power supplies on my computer and printer and our two televisions. It makes life a lot easier when you don’t have to lose your work due to something like that.
My friend Jim called and said there was no power at his house just a block or two away. Another neighbor said that two transformers had blown. Within an hour or so, Florida Power & Light was here with a couple of big trucks trying to restore electricity to everybody. Jim and another friend both said it was cold in their houses. I told him it could have been worse. It could have happened on one of our 90 degree days with high humidity. He didn’t seem to take much comfort in that.
I got another 3,000 words or so written in my new Tinder Street book yesterday and printed out some new chapters for Miss Terry to proof. Once she’s got that done I will make her corrections, and then they will make the rounds to my other two proofreaders, Judy and Roberta.
For a while now I have been looking forward to a road trip, and today we are going to take one, traveling a little over 100 miles south of here to visit our friend Chris Yust in Lake Wales. Chris and her husband Charles were familiar sights on the RV rally circuit with us, promoting their insurance business, and we have known them for what seems like forever. Unfortunately we lost Charles suddenly, a little over a year ago and have not been able to visit Chris since then due to Covid. Now that we all have our vaccines out of the way, it’s time.
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Thought For The Day – Remember, the only thing standing between you and your dreams is your appearance, lack of talent, and general personality.