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My “Narrow Range”

Okay, I admit it. I’m a delicate flower. Trust me, this hasn’t made life easier for me. Quite the opposite, in fact.

It is a recent discussion–after the summer weather of 80+ and upwards has arrived here in Texas–between my Beloved Husband and I that I have minimal heat or cold tolerance. There. I admitted it. I have a narrow range.

I drive a wonderful, fast, agile yellow convertible roadster and I put the top up on it when the temperature rises above 80. That’s my marker. I can actually tolerate a little higher if the sun isn’t out. When it gets hotter, however, I start to sweat and become generally cranky and uncomfortable. Beloved Husband tolerates both greater and lesser temperature than me, so he finds my narrow range to be amusing.

I’ve often commented that I put the top down on my car more often in the winter months–not harsh here, but still nippy at 70+ mph–than in the summer. Come late May and the top goes up and stays that way until pretty much middle September or early October.

The inside of my wonderful car is naturally compact, but I’ve stored in it my visor–black with S2000 embroidered in yellow-and my Beloved Husband’s hat. In addition, I have short leather gloves(for chilly, but not cold weather) , long leather gauntlets that extend mid-forearm (for cold weather), knit gloves on the passenger side for when I’m not wrangling the steering wheel, a small lap blanket and both clear close-fitting glasses with side shields and extra sun glasses.

I’m prepared and I drive quite comfortably with the heater blowing on high. (I don’t, however, drop the top and blow air conditioning on myself as my Beloved Ph.D. Doc daughter once did. There are limits.)

In addition, I keep windshield cleaner pads and a dust rag in a special compartment that I didn’t discover for a year after owning my first S2000(when another S2000 driver showed it to me). In the smallish trunk, I keep both a sweatshirt and a wind jacket, just in case the weather changes when I’m out.

I am constantly amused at how startled other drivers are to see a woman–particularly not a young woman–driving this car. I believe one police officer even let me off from a speeding ticket because he found it so funny. I don’t race other drivers, no matter how much they try to induce me to do this–and they do–but I’ve been known to flex my car’s muscles once in a while when other drivers fail to respect the car.

Ahem.

I also “blow out the pipes” once a week, always in a safe location as not to run anyone over. Imagine my delight when an earnest young Honda mechanic at a dealership came out of the back just to inform me that this is a car that can’t always be driven sedately and actually needs to be cleared out every now and then.

Believe me, I’ve taken this to heart…

 

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Healthy Romance? Oh, Yeah.

Hi, my name is Carol Rose and I believe in healthy romantic relationships. I write romances about functional, working relationships and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I have two careers and one is as a professional therapist who helps couples/singles with relationship issues. I’m also the author of over 25 romances and I see no conflict with… Continue Reading

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Laughing in Love

My Beloved Husband kissed me goodbye as we both left for work (mind you we work on opposite sides of a small building) and whispered “I know what we can do tonight!” This was said with tender excitement and I quickly asked with a faster heart pace what he had in mind. The dude then held up… Continue Reading

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Book Review–Isla and The Happily-Ever-After by Stephanie Perkins

As a writer of romantic fiction, I’m always looking for something great to read. I’ve read a Stephanie Perkins’ book before and enjoyed both the quality of her writing and her characters. I purchased Isla and The Happily-Ever-After having read and enjoyed the sample. This story follows teenaged Isla into the boarding school world of… Continue Reading

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Getting My Ducks In A Row…Or At Least In The Same Pond

As this implies, I’m gathering everything, trying to close plot holes and make sure necessary scenes are in place.  You might have seen the statement on-line about not having one’s ducks in a row, but that they’re in the same pond? That’s me. I’m gathering those suckers one by one. This involves story boards, input… Continue Reading

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We All Need Fun!

Fun is what gives us energy and joy and brightens our days. We need infusions of happiness into our worlds and this can come in many ways. It is important to realize, though, that fun is as individual as our fingerprints or the irises of our eyes. Lots of people–my Ph.D. Doc daughter included–find this… Continue Reading

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New Language; Same Me–Writing Amish Romance

So, here I slog away writing my first series of Amish Christian Romances and I’m having fun doing it, despite the challenges of using words from a different language and writing stories in a different culture. It may seem that having written 25+ books of steamy contemporary romance, this Amish gig would be very foreign. It’s not.… Continue Reading

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Book Review: The Magic Of Christmas by Trisha Ashley

I write steamy contemporary romance and contemporary Amish romance, but I enjoy reading all kinds of things. Several years ago, I ran across Trisha Ashley’s Chocolate Wishes and enjoyed it, so looked forward to dipping into another of her works. The Magic of Christmas is charming in many ways. Ms. Ashley writes about cooking with… Continue Reading

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Trying Not To Bully

I’m trying not be a road bully. I drive a little yellow Honda S2000 roadster that can tear past most vehicles in a flash. It’s agile and incredibly fast and I love it almost as much as my beloved mate and my two daughters. My eldest daughter calls it–and the black S2000 that preceded it–my “spirit… Continue Reading

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My Trauma–Wearing The Wrong Skin

I totally get that most of you don’t get the way I feel about my car. I love it. I love driving it. It is agile and fast. Far more of both than am I. Than I’ve ever been. It’s also incredibly beautiful (to me anyway). Since the engine seized up (traumatically for my ER Doc… Continue Reading

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