We have some fun questions from you. I will try to do it justice. ::girds her loins::
Will there be a blog serial this year? Waiting for “magic Friday” when Ilona posts the serial update is the best feeling!
I told you, those who attend the chat will get to read the first chapter early.
Ilona wrote in in the blog that she has issues with her hands, where it was painful for her to type. Has that been resolved or is she still having to deal with it?
Thank you for worrying about me. Unfortunately the damage is kind of permanent. I now have to be extra vigilant, because the other day I took a cast iron pan out of the oven, and the right hand just gave out. I type a lot less, and I use a keyboard with soft keys.
If that’s how you work, why do you guys always do your interview on the other side?
Harriet is referring to our seat positions being reversed during Zoom. Usually we work with me sitting on the right side and Gordon sitting at the desk to my left. For Zoom we switch seats. Harriet, it’s this way, because he keeps trying to slide out of the screenshot. He can’t slide to the left, because the elliptical is there. Periodically I have to pull him back into the frame. It’s not just the fans. He did it the other day when our agent facetimed us.
Are you still thinking about moving to Florida?
Well, honestly I would like to. I really love the water. Gordon does too. Given a choice, my husband would spend his days in the water and when he was out of it, he would sit on the porch facing the water, drink iced tea or beer, and read werewolf and bigfoot books. Also megalodon shark books.
The problem is that the pandemic brought the need for a secure base into a sharp focus. If something happens, and the kids need to come back to the house to shelter in place, we need to make sure there are plenty of rooms. Our house in Texas is like a little compound. We have a couple of acres. We have diversified so we have wood heat if we need it and propane to cook on. Our communal well is separate from the city, so when their water service failed, ours still ran. We had to boil water, but that was okay.
By the way, my cooktop died a sad death. It was over 20 years old and the parts for it couldn’t be obtained. We bought a new cooktop, but it’s natural gas. I don’t know why. We ordered the propane one. We could convert it with a kit, but all the kits are backordered till March. Instead they are bringing the new propane cooktop and will swap it. Meanwhile, I am terrified to damage this new cooktop in some way. I am cooking with all my burners on low.
Please excuse the cooktop interlude. It is clearly a source of some mild anxiety.
What I am trying to say is that the house is located in a relatively safe part of the country. We get hail and an occasional tornado. Fires occur but they are rare, not like in Pacific Northwest, which seems to be annually on fire. We are not in danger of a flood. If we are buying a house in Florida, we are risking hurricanes. While the house construction has come a long way, a hurricane can easily damage even the most sturdy house, but it’s not even the immediate damage. It’s what will follow: days without electricity and water. We drove through Lake Charles after a hurricane. There was no Lake Charles left.
Suppose we have to evacuate. Kid 1 will likely have her own household at that point, which leaves us with 2 dogs and three cats. I am hoping she will take the tarantula with her. Where are we going with that many animals? What hotel would take us? Do we travel with a litterbox? The logistics of it seem complicated.
So I don’t know. Maybe we will find a lake somewhere. Maybe we will end up buying a small house in Florida somewhere and keeping this place. I would like the sea but I would also like four seasons. Jeaniene Frost moved to Maryland and she loves it. Maybe we will go up north a bit.
That was such a Southern things to say, haha. Up north. ::clutches imaginary pearls:: Maybe all the way to Virginia. ::dies::
I don’t know. Maybe we will throw caution to the wind and move to Spain. Mediterranean is truly lovely. It does burn occasionally as well, though. Maybe we will stay put. Although it is bloody hot and we’re both getting a bit tired of it.
Now I have a question for you. What’s the strangest Christmas, holiday, or birthday gift you have ever gotten?