Low rider is the one to meet, yeah

Steve made us power pancakes for breakfast, with strawberries, mmm, and I’m allowing myself a second cup of coffee while I balance the checkbook.
In respect of the called-for 92F/33C temperatures on the day, I have preemptively closed the curtains, to the dismay of the resident felines. Well, except for Scrabble. Scrabble knows how to get inside the curtains and sit on the sill. The Silly Fluffs also know how to do this, and if their gruntle grows sufficiently, they will use this knowledge. For the moment, however, I am being Tasked with the complaint that the Comfy Sun Places. . .have no sun.
The heat pumps do a really good job of keeping the house cool, and I am increasingly glad that we decided to damn the torpedoes last year and get them installed, rather than waiting until this year, when we could have theoretically “afforded” them.
Our bow to the holiday is to have the Food of Our People for lunch — hot dogs and various salads — but mostly this is a working day, there being work to be done.
Everybody have a good Thursday, and we’ll see you on the flip-side.
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6 thoughts on “Low rider is the one to meet, yeah”

  1. Heat pumps are great for cooling especially in a humid climate. Just curious but what auxillary heat did you choose? With your winters that will be an absolute necessity. We use a lot of cheap natural gas out in New Mexico but I doubt that is an option for you.

  2. Er. The heat pumps are an auxiliary cooling system. We’ve been living in Maine for 30ish years and the first priority for any house is how well it holds the heat. Maine houses aren’t built to be cool, and they’re certainly not built with air conditioning — historically hasn’t been needed. This has changed, so the heat pumps are primarily air conditioners and the house is seriously heated, from late Fall through Spring, if we have one, by baseboard hot water. We just put in a new super-efficient oil furnace, the one that came with having outlived its planned lifetime and needing repairs in excess of what a new installation cost.

  3. Interesting, oil heat is about the only system I have not worked with although gas boilers are not uncommon for hot water heating for motels and some commercial buildings here. AC is a necessity though. New equipment is really a great deal more efficient than older stuff needed to be. It makes replacement a winning financial investment if much repair is needed.

  4. Ugh. The one thing I’m *not* looking forward to about my visit to Maine in a few weeks: the heat. No heat pump in the 100-yr-old (almost) log cabin on the lake. I can’t tolerate heat anymore, but my grandkids will love it, no doubt, and hopefully we can spend most of our time in the water.

  5. i am curious why i can’t pre-order a kindle version of the next book coming out in the liaden universe. is there a reason, or is a silly mistake on amazon’s part? thank you for your time!

  6. This is completely above my pay grade, as an author. However. what I understand is, because our publisher, Baen Books offers, and has for years offered, something called an “eARC” directly, and months before the finished book/ebook is published, Amazon cannot/will not/does not allow preorders of the ebook edition of upcoming novels. It’s a publisher/Amazon thing.

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