A “Warm” Story


On June 30th, the company that services our air conditioner came by to perform a “maintenance check.” All appeared to be working satisfactorily and we thought we were prepared for the predicted hot summer months. 

The next week, as the weather did indeed begin to warm up, we felt comfortable knowing our A/C was in good working order.

WRONG! As the outside temperatures began to climb, so did the temperature readings in our home.

It didn’t take long for us to see/feel that the system was not performing as it should and we quickly placed a call for service. The technician arrived on July 8th and after examining the unit, advised us we had a Freon leak* — and the coils would need to be replaced. This was not a “minor” repair (translated: $$$$), but what else could we do but agree?  

Then we got the really bad news.

It was going to take anywhere from 10 days to two weeks before the repairs could be done as the company had to order the necessary part. With frustration and a bit of annoyance, we agreed to move forward. 

So from July 8th until July 27th, we sweltered in temperatures that ranged from 95°F to 100°F (35°-38°C). Fortunately, the other-half has an A/C unit in his workshop (and a computer), so he spent most of his days there. We also own a motorhome (with air conditioning), so I took my laptop and notebooks and spent my days in it. And we both slept there at night.  

This doesn’t mean it was all a “piece of cake.” Our usual and normal routine tasks were all out-of-whack, including the care and feeding of our two dogs. Fortunately, they were able to spend their days in the workshop and their nights with us in the motorhome. And since they trust us completely, they adjusted well.

FINALLY, on Wednesday (the 27th), the repairs were completed and we rejoiced knowing our lives would now return to normal.


The unit performed perfectly the remaining part of that day and overnight. But the next day as the outside temperatures started to climb, I noticed the readings on the thermostat were also climbing.

To make this long story not quite so long … we were extremely fortunate that the repair guy was able to come back on Saturday, the 30th.

Curiously, after thoroughly checking everything (and then some), he was unable to locate the exact reason for the A/C failure. In any event, he was able to return the unit back to working condition.

So FINALLY … we are once again enjoying a cool home. 

— End of my “Warm” Story —

I hope. 🤞


*A bit of history — ever since we moved here, we’ve had problems with the A/C –and each time we were told it needed Freon. Ordinarily, this would mean a leak, but none of the techs ever mentioned this. It was not until this latest episode that someone finally made the determination.
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“Subjectively Believes”

I just read an article that talked about the defense strategy that Trump’s team of lawyers would use if he were criminally charged.

Although the article itself is related to a suit being filed against CNN, the “defense” being offered is relevant to any charges that might be filed against Trump. In fact, it …

signals a strategy that is likely to be a central defense should he ever face criminal charges related to his role in attempts to cling to power despite losing his 2020 reelection bid.

What was particularly eye-catching were the words the legal team used in their email to CNN:

CNN’s portrayal of Trump was inaccurate because Trump “subjectively believes” there was election fraud in the 2020 presidential election. (My emphasis)

The article goes on to say that one of the strategies available to Trump’s lawyers would be …

to argue that he genuinely believed there was election fraud and didn’t have the intent to commit a criminal act.

“Subjectively Believes” … ???

Now think about those two words. Can you imagine situations in your own life when this combination of words might come in really handy?


Just as a refresher — from Dictionary.com:


Generally speaking, subjective is used to describe something that exists in the mind of a person or that pertains to viewpoints of an individual person.

Sometimes, subjective means about the same thing as personal. Everyone’s experience of an event is subjective, because each person’s circumstances and background are unique, leading to different interpretations.

Objective most commonly means not influenced by an individual’s personal viewpoint—unbiased (or at least attempting to be unbiased). It’s often used to describe things like observations, decisions, or reports that are based on an unbiased analysis.

Something that’s truly objective has nothing to do with a person’s own feelings or views—it just deals with facts. When someone says “Objectively speaking,” they’re indicating that they’re going to give an unbiased assessment—not one based on their personal preferences.

Fingers Crossed

A simple  graphic illustration of a hand with fingers crossed
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Scottie of Scottiesplaytime.com recently shared this video on his blog and some of you may have seen it there. I’m posting it here because I feel the message is powerful and to-the-point. Yes, it’s all been said before, but repetition has been known to be an impetus to action.

Although I know most of my regular readers will agree with what this Navy Veteran has to say, I’m hoping that maybe … just maybe … a rabid gun supporter will visit and something in the message will “get through.”

Fingers crossed.

If …

In response to an EXCELLENT post recently written by the “Ohio Realist” at OnTheFenceVoters.com, Keith, who is another regular blogger, wrote a comment that I felt needed wider exposure.

Keith has been both a Republican and a Democrat … and is now an Independent because (as he shares on his “About” page), he was “disillusioned by the extreme points of view of both parties.” He now describes himself as a “moderate left thinker.”

In many instances, I have found his political views are quite similar to my own.

In any event, the following is not his entire response to the referenced post but it is the portion that most impressed me. Perhaps you will identify with his words as well.


Quite simply, if addressing climate change more dramatically is a concern, do not vote for a Republican. If civil and women’s rights are an issue, do not vote for a Republican. If doing something about health care costs and access is an issue, do not vote for a Republican. If job creation and retraining are issues, do not vote for Republican (note jobs created under the same number of Democrat White Houses as Republican ones since 1922 have been twice the numbers as under GOP ones). If integrity matters do not vote for a Republican as the party is aligned against its truth tellers and support the white paint can carrying whitewashers telling us things did not happen and the former president did not lose an election he lost.

Democrats are not perfect. Never have been. But, we must vote for people who are at least talking about issues and not contrived and exaggerated ones.