Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Changing The Weather

For those of you who believe that you can’t change the weather, I’ve discovered a way to do it.  Here’s what happened.  Last Saturday it was in the 90s at our Roshara cabin.  High humidity.  Sticky.  Sweat a lot weather.  Son-in-law, Paul, a handyman extraordinaire, spent more than an hour stuffing our little window air conditioner into place.  Finally, when he plugged it in late morning, the temperature in the cabin was in the middle 80s.  At four in the afternoon, the temperature in the cabin was still in the middle 80s.

Sometime during the winter, when the air conditioner rested on our porch, it had died.  Quietly, without fuss it left us, in spirit if not in body for the thing still weighed nearly 50 pounds.   What to do?  The temperature outside continued in the low 90s.

My brother, Donald and I drove to Stevens Point, where I bought a replacement.  A healthy, longer life machine—I’m hoping.  This time Donald and I worked for an hour removing the dead machine and replacing the new one, following the “some assembly required” directions.  Donald is also quite a skilled “fix it” guy.  (Admission—about the only thing I can fix, is the order of words in a paragraph.)

 We turned on the machine.  It worked.  But here is where the weather changing business occurred.  It wasn’t an hour after the new air conditioner was in place that the temperature outside began dropping.  This morning it was 56 degrees.  No air conditioner needed.

How to squelch hot weather—buy a new air conditioner.  You may never need to use it, but the action was obviously necessary to convince the weather to change.

THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Who says you can’t change the weather?

Special Announcement:  No new blogs for the next two weeks.  On vacation.

Upcoming Events:

June 28, 11:00 a.m.  Larry Meiller Show. Wis. Public Radio.  Discussion of Roshara Journal and Telling Your Story (New Books)

June 28, 7:00 p.m. Book Discussion-with Steve Apps.  Mystery to Me Book Store, Madison.  Event at HotelRed, 1501 Monroe St., Madison, WI—parking at hotel. Roshara Journal and Telling Your Story (New Books)

July 19, 11:00 a.m., Farm Technology Days, Snudden Farms, Lake Geneva, Walworth County. History of Wisconsin Agriculture.

August 9, 6:30 p.m. Winnebago County Historical Society.  Oshkosh Library.  History of Wisconsin Agriculture.

August 12 9-4, Writing Workshop, The Clearing, Door County.

August 20, 10:30-11:30 am.  Waupaca Annual Arts on the Square. 

Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fundraiser for them): 

The library now has available signed copies of Jerry’s DVDs:
 Emmy Winner, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps (based on The Quiet Season book.)
 Jerry Apps a Farm Story (based on Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm books.)

 The Land with Jerry Apps, (based on the book Whispers and Shadows.)
Also available are several of Jerry’s signed books including: Jerry’s newest novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County. and Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.
Contact the library for prices and special package deals.
Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division Street
Wild Rose, WI 54984

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