You can tell it’s summertime in Florida because doctors are warning people to drink plenty of water and stay inside until November 2nd. No, seriously, it’s so hot that I have been leaving the toilet seat up just to get those icy stares from Miss Terry when she splashes down in the middle of the night. And it’s not just here. When I talked to my son Travis up in Alabama yesterday, he told me that it’s so hot there that his chickens are laying hard-boiled eggs. Now that’s hot!
We have been dealing with the heat the only way a couple of old farts like us can by staying inside as much as possible, running our air conditioner 24/7, and keeping fans going in all rooms to facilitate air movement.
At least here on the coast we get a little bit of sea breeze coming in off the ocean, and it always seems at least 5° to 10° or so cooler than it is just a few miles inland. Even down at our dock on the Intracoastal Waterway, which is only 800 yards from the house, it always seems a little bit more comfortable.
Anytime I start sniveling about our long, hot, humid summers, I remember that while we were trying to decide whether or not to buy a house here when we hung up the keys and left the fulltime RV lifestyle, we spent the summer at Elkhart Campground in Elkhart, Indiana. I checked the weather every day online in both Elkhart and New Smyrna Beach, and it was always about 5° to 7° hotter in Florida, and the humidity was 5% to 10% higher. But whether it’s 85° in Indiana, with 65% humidity, or 90° in Florida, with 70% humidity, what does it really matter? I’m not going outside in either one if I can avoid it!
Of course, the crazy thing is that people who live in Indiana pay no attention to the summer heat because that’s playtime for them. They’re out on the water in their boats, fishing and riding jet skis and things like that, taking advantage of the opportunity to get out of the house because they know that during the long, cold winter that’s coming they’re going to be stuck inside. Everything in life is a toss-up.
The good news is that I have been able to get quite a bit of work done while avoiding the heat. I am about 1/3 of the way through Pucker Factor, my next John Lee Quarrels book, and it’s moving right along. Several people have asked me when the print edition of The Hard Years, the fourth book in my Tinder Street family saga, will be available. It is being formatted now, and I hope to have it back any day. Then it will be a simple matter of getting the print cover formatted and uploading it to Amazon. With any luck at all, it should be ready to go in a week or so. I know a lot of you have been waiting for it to come out, and I appreciate your patience.
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. Thanks for the picture, Lucille Tillotson.
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Thought For The Day – I need to get my life together and back on track. This heat has made me realize I can’t go to Hell.