blood-letting and our new AC

IMG_1344Okay, friends; you know me; if it’s happening in my life, then I’m blogging about it. It’s quite cathartic, really, talking with all you fine folk about what’s going on. This discipline helps me process, it’s my way of clearing the air – and it’s cheaper than therapy.

So thanks, y’all, I honestly appreciate what we have going on.

Today’s big thing is HVAC. We may have moved to this incredibly beautiful state where we have four seasons, and month after month of windows-wide-open fresh air in the house… but summer is going to be here in a hurry. In consequence efficient, functioning air-conditioning is a must.

So yesterday, when the technician came for our “get-ready-for-summer” overhaul, there wasn’t much we could do in the way of avoidance when he pointed out the litany of issues with the current system. At more than 15 years old, poorly designed, incorrectly installed, and breaking down on many levels, he said he wouldn’t in good conscience take any money for repair-work he couldn’t guarantee would do anything to help.

So we sat down with the design guy, and came up with a plan for new everything. Ouch. Mega-ouch. Probably could have built a porch ouch.

IMG_1341And, by the way, our old water heater was also rusted out at the bottom, so they’re installing a new one of those while they’re at it!

That’s what’s happening today. Three trucks at our house so far and counting. There’s going to be a lot of coming and going over the next few hours, but it will be good to have a reliable system and know we’re running something that’s a little friendlier to the environment.

FUNNY! Yesterday, just a few minutes after the design guy had left and I’d signed all the papers, the phone rang. It was the Red Cross.

“I’m calling to remind you it’s time to give blood again,” she said.

IMG_1335“You’re about a half hour too late,” I replied. “Somebody else got the drop on you; I’m fresh out.”

She hung up on me. Really, some people need to get a sense of humor. It’s sure helping me today.


(You can find inspirational books by author Derek Maul by clicking on this link: Derek Maul’s Amazon Author Page)


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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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