So far the reviews are pretty good, a 4.2* average on Amazon and 4.25* on Goodreads. I'm very happy that most seem to like it. Really it's not too bad for a book I mostly intended as something my grandkids could read unlike most of what I write. There's no foul language or violence, very much a G rated fantasy, and I'm quite pleased that Hall & Muscato signed it last November. It would be cool to see it as a film I'll admit.
A couple of weeks ago I went through sticker shock when I
looked at the propane bill. $3.35 per gallon and normally it's half that. This weeks bill was at $3.30 per gallon. I'm
projecting even higher prices next winter. I've seen the monthly average jump the last four years around $40 per month despite using slightly less propane. Now I really want to do something about it more than I've done before.
There's one project that I hadn't done yet but I've been
planning on for the last three years. It's probably the simplest one. I'm going to yank up the subfloor and
suspend insulation between the joists starting with the bedroom. If you aren't aware the majority of mobile homes have a wrap underneath that you don't want to cut into. It's supposed to block the cold that comes in. Adding another
layer of R-19 won't hurt anything. In fact I'm figuring the first year that
project will pay for itself.
It's going to be quit the job I think. I'll have to remove
the carpet and then cut into the floor so I can pry the underlayment up. I'm
thinking nylon cordage stretched underneath the stringers every couple of feet
will hold up the insulation.
I should be able to add some R-13 over the kitchen and
living room also. I'll only have to reinforce the suspended ceiling a bit to
carry the added weight.
I'm thinking to insulate the entire will cost about $600 and
there will be a few incidentals here and there like fasteners and construction
adhesive. That should also eliminate the floor creaking if I'm not mistaken and my guess is the monthly average for propane should drop around $40. If I think of it I'll post pictures of the insulating projects. BTW, the price increase is happening in spite of an increase in drilling. It affects natural gas and propane equally. http://www.alternet.org/environment/frigid-temps-send-natural-gas-prices-skyrocketing-despite-fracking-boom