The temperature at midnight was a little warmer than we like for sleeping but still OK. The humidity was high, however, and everything felt slightly damp. There was a high likelihood of rain before sunrise but we left the windows and roof vents open and all three exhaust fans running. We have air conditioners but they are noisy and use a lot of electricity so we do not use them unless we have to. Mostly, however, we like fresh air and tend to resist closing up the coach.
We were both asleep by 11:30 PM last night and I was up a 6:50 AM this morning. I fed the cats and then watched a TV program on WUFT’s Create channel called Florida Crossroads. It was on Florida’s Black Heritage Trail and featured some of the off-the-beaten-path museums and historically black communities in the state. As the program pointed out at the beginning “If you head down I-75 to Disney World and other Florida attractions you won’t see these places.” We do not have any plans to follow this trail but the show reminded me that every state has a history that is preserved in out-of-the-way places and it takes time and desire to seek them out.
Linda got up about half way through the programs so I watched the last 15 minutes of the show and then turned off the TV. The rain increased from a light drizzle to a light rain and Linda pulled up the weather radar on her iPad. Moisture was streaming northeast from the Gulf in our general direction so I closed the ceiling vent/fan in the bedroom. It is over the foot of the bed so if water gets in the bedding gets wet. I left the other two vent/fans open and exhausting on medium speed as no water seemed to be coming in. They are both directly above vinyl tile flooring so if water did get in it would be easy to clean up.
I made a very full pot of coffee, using up the last of our first batch of Sweet Seattle Dreams beans (Seattle Blend and Sweet Dreams decaf blend, both from Teeko’s Coffee and Tea back home). The Kindle edition of Dr. Michael Greger’s new book, How Not to Die, was available so Linda initiated downloading it to our various devices. We both opened the Kindle apps on our iPads and finished downloading it to our devices.
We had English muffins and split a grapefruit for breakfast. Once we were dressed and the kitchen was cleaned up Linda packed up Madeline’s Christmas stocking, took it to the Post Office, and mailed it. While she was there she bought holiday stamps including the postage needed to get our Year in Review holiday letter to friends in Ontario.
With the Habitat For Humanity and Webasto Burner Service articles wrapped up (for now) I felt like taking a break from computer-based work but there was too much that still needed to be done. At the top of the list was finalizing plans to get together with Bruce and Linda, John and Marian, and Al this week or next. That was all being done by e-mail so it was spread out through the day but I eventually got the visits planned.
I need to work on the FMCA FTH and GLCC websites, and at some point I need to start writing, or at least outlining, new articles based on the work we did to the interior of our motorcoach this past summer and fall. But the task rising to the top of my list is the blog, now over four months behind. First, however, I installed the Twenty Sixteen WordPress Theme on our personal site (this one) just to have a look. It’s a nice, clean, blog oriented theme, with features that make it more responsive with respect to sizing images on different devices but I did not switch the site over at this time.
I spent the rest of the morning copying blog post drafts from e-mails to Word docs and then editing the ones from August to get them ready to upload. I was able to upload posts for August 3 through 8, including a gallery post of the refrigerator swap at Chuck’s shop on the 8th. I spent the rest of the day selecting and processing photos for the rest of August.
Our storage ottoman was scheduled for delivery by 8 PM last night but the office closed at 5 PM and it wasn’t here by then. Amazon notified us that it was delivered today so Linda retrieved it from the office when she made a quick trip to the Grocery Depot for ingredients to make polenta for dinner.
With more light rain forecast for this evening we went for a late afternoon walk. We got to the northwest corner of the resort and were hailed by Elliot and Jamie who we met at the campfire on Saturday evening. This is their first winter at Williston Crossings and they are enjoying it, especially the variety and frequency of available activities. We started to get a few raindrops while we were chatting with them and headed back to the rig at a quick pace. It was misting by the time we got there but we did not get very wet.
Linda started working on dinner by making the polenta and putting it in the refrigerator to firm up. I turned on the TV for background noise and doodled on my iPad. Linda set out our salads and then we had a 20 minute break before the polenta was ready. She served it with Puttanesca sauce that included cayenne pepper and had a nice kick. After dinner we watched our usual Tuesday evening TV programs, all of them season finales, and then went to bed.