Monday, February 23, 2015

Winter Moves in Overnight with a Texas Style Ice Storm

Two o'clock this morning our heater stopped working. Wouldn't you know it? Last week we had temperatures in the seventies, but today we're in the twenties.

I'm not complaining, though, compared to our counterparts in the northeast that had an Arctic blast of deep freezing snow, we've had a mild winter. This is, after all, Texas. If we don't like the weather we can be sure it will change in a couple of days.

The birds were delighted to have an ample supply of bird food and were making a feast of it all morning. I was able to catch a few of them at the buffet.

They were taking turns at the bird feeder with Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal, a few sparrows, a dove and one stray blackbird who seemed to have lost his flock.

The best shot was when Mr. Cardinal decided to hop on the ground and scout for fallen corn.

When the Internet decided to take a short break this morning as well, I decided it was a good day to do some baking.

We purchased one of those huge bags of triple washed broccoli crowns from Costco last week.

After serving it a a couple of times steamed, it was time to put the rest of it to good use in a broccoli and ham Quiche. This was the perfect day to use the oven.

Here's how the Quiche came out. We had this for lunch today. Yum.

It turns out the HVAC compressor unit just needed to defrost a bit. Jane at Ross Air Conditioning, the service company that has taken care of us for over twenty years told us to turn it off for a few minutes.

After we turned it back on, we were delighted to get warm air out of the vents once again. Their company was iced in by the weather as well, so it's a good thing the heater is working. It's a nice warm feeling...

Back to bird watching.

Monday, February 9, 2015

A Novel Idea Whose Time Has Come

It's been put off for long enough. The time has come to finish editing the novel that has plagued my brain for the past ten years. The story grew chapter by chapter as it was released on Hub Pages during the term of its inception

Thanks to the generosity of my friends who encouraged me week by week as the plot moved forward, the story came to a final conclusion last year. To those who helped in noting loose ends, unanswered questions and redundancies, I extend my deepest gratitude. Your comments were instrumental in refining the final product.

I've begun to delete the chapters online that reveal the main issues and the ending. Surprisingly, some of the earlier chapters still get a little traffic. I'm hoping it's not from plagiarists.  Anyhow, the time has come to choose a cover and I'm working on narrowing down my choices from some of the photos I used to illustrate the hubs.

This one is among the finalists. Do you think it will work?