Main job right now is cutting up firewood as this is our main heating source. We've already gone through about 4 cords and will have to order more. Mona taught Liam and Ava how to use the wood stove, so everyone but me takes turns keeping a fire going, which requires someone monitoring it during the night. But spring's beauty makes up for all winter woes. Our church's septic tank for the parsonage just collapsed. But it was long overdue for being rebuilt, but it is real costly. I thought we have built a new one back in mid 90's, but learned it was done in early 80s. We keep running hot water down out lines to keep the ice cleared out and for our pump's water line into the house it is 4 feet down. Last time it froze up was in late 90s, froze up three times that winter. A real cold one that year. Lowest we've seen so far is minus 20 degrees, so getting this snow today is helpful. But on a sunny day, even when its cold, this valley's new snow on the hills and mountains just glow. Full moon makes it quite beautiful.
Ava is finishing up the last chapter for my story, "Rookie", then I'll do a check over and rush it to my publisher. He's working on the cover for it. "Rookie" is about my first year as a civilian police officer in rural Alaska. A town of 3500 people, even more in the summer and fishing and crabbing season, I could believe the amount of cases I worked and number of arrests I made. I use a lot of my actual cases in the story, including the ambush we escaped from, the attempted jail break by actual Tong Assassins who had murder warrants out on them. Dillingham was a lively town where bootlegging and homemade stills occured all too often, and several murders. The summer finishes off with a major fishing strike where homes, boats were burned and bar brawls usually had 15 to as many as thirty people involved. I learned a lot there and survived a stabbing.
I do hope you will enjoy this book and the series that follows involving my years in law enforcement. Our son, John Leroy Casselman actually started his police career in Dillingham and from what he shared with me the town had not changed much. BUT- 75% of the people living threre were fantastic. It was the 25% that kept us busy. Lots of overtime.
That's it for right now, my dogs would like my attention now. God Bless to everyone. BILL