A Wasted Day

 Posted by at 1:15 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 112012

Yesterday was a totally wasted day. The phone rang about 9 A.M. and it was the manager of Patio Gardens, the mobile home park where we always stay when visiting Miss Terry’s parents in East Mesa. The park has half a dozen RV sites and we have stayed in the same site the last three years. When I called earlier in the week to tell her we were coming, I told her I wasn’t sure exactly when we would arrive because I was still waiting to hear what would happen with the VA Hospital in Tucson. She said no problem, and I told her we would take the site we always stay in if it was empty.

When we got here Thursday afternoon, the manager was out of the park and the office was closed, so we pulled into our regular site and hooked up. The manager still wasn’t back, so we went to visit Terry’s parents. Later on we stopped by the office again and the manager’s trailer, which is two doors down, and she still wasn’t back. Okay, no big deal, they knew we were coming.

But when she called yesterday morning she was in a tizzy, saying our “new trailer” was much too big for the site and we had to move. Not only would we have to move, we had to move right now! I went over to the office to see what the problem was, and she said I hadn’t told her what day we were coming, and that our new trailer was much too big for the site we were in. She also said that the site was rented to somebody else who would be there the same day. I told her we don’t have a trailer, we have motorhome, and it’s the same one we’ve had in that same RV site on our previous visits and it had always fit before, so I didn’t understand what the problem was.

She went back and forth for a while and eventually Terry and I decided that if we had to move anyway, we’d drive around and see what else we could find. As it turned out there was nothing in the area at a reasonable rate so we came back and paid for two weeks and moved to the new site. Of course, the person who just had to have our original site never showed up. Anyway, that pretty much wasted the morning.

I said a few days ago that I had either allergies or a cold, and in the last couple of days it’s really been kicking my butt. I have a lot of work to get done but I just had no energy at all, so once we had the motorhome moved and hooked up, I laid down on the couch and napped for most of the afternoon. I seldom get so sick I can’t work, but it seems like every year or so my body just says “we’re taking a vacation whether you like it or not” and knocks me off my feet. About 4 P.M. I finally got in gear and we had a bite to eat and then drove to Terry’s parents house and visited with them for couple of hours. They are really enjoying having their oldest daughter home for a while.

We got back to our Winnebago about 8:30 P.M. and I still didn’t feel like doing much of anything. I answered a few e-mails and some questions about our upcoming Gypsy Journal Rally in Yuma, watched a little bit of TV, and wrote the blog. All in all, it was pretty much a wasted day and I didn’t accomplish anything. Which means I really need to buckle down and get to work today no matter how I feel.

Nook e-book reader owners have been asking if my newest mystery, Big Lake Lynching, is available for the Nook. No, not yet. I uploaded the files to Smashwords.com but sometimes it takes them a while to get everything set up and online. Sometime in the next week or two they’ll get there, so please be patient. Sales of Big Lake Lynching have been good, approximately 50 copies a day. Quite a number of blog readers have written to tell me that they enjoyed the book, and I would really appreciate it if you would go to Amazon and leave a review for me. Reviews really help sell books and move them up in the rankings. They are the best gift you can give an author.

Since we released the original Big Lake as a printed book a couple of weeks ago, sales have been good for it, too. Here is a picture of faithful blog reader Terry McKnight holding his copy of Big Like. Terry said he ordered it as soon as it became available. If you are coming to our Yuma rally and want a printed copy, please let me know, and we’ll have one waiting for you.

Terry McKnight Big Lake

Today is my father-in-law Pete Weber’s birthday. Pete’s a wonderful man and I’m proud to have him as a father-in-law. At age 82 he’s in better shape than most men half his age and can outwork me any day of the week. Of course that doesn’t take much! 🙂 Happy birthday, Pete. This evening we’re having a family get-together at a Mexican restaurant for dinner to celebrate both of Terry’s parents’ birthdays; Bess’ 80th birthday on the 2nd and Pete’s 82nd today. I’m glad we could be here to share it with them and Terry’s sisters.

Thought For The Day – People like you are the reason people like me need therapy.

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Nick Russell

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  8 Responses to “A Wasted Day”

  1. There is NO wasted day, there is always a purpose even if we think we did not “cover” and make the most of it.
    Best regards

  2. After following your blod now for a goog while,I have come to the comclution that if it isn’t Terry that needs a vacation,it YOU.
    Please,as a fan,and after Yuma,shut it all off and relax,,
    Your worring me

  3. You ever think that maybe the lady at the RV park was a little ‘confused’, and that the person she was holding the site for, and that didn’t show up, was YOU?

  4. Thanks for the good news about getting Big Lake Lynching loaded up to Smashwords. I’ ve been looking forward to reading the new book! Take care of yourself, Nick; good health is the only true wealth any of us have in this life.

  5. Sorry for the allergies, etc. As busy as you guys are, it’s hard to imagine you being slowed down or even stopping for any length of time. I do think that Mark’s idea is a good one though, ever thought about not doing ANYTHING for just a couple of days? Whadya do when you’re on vacation?

    Take care of yourself and have a good rally!

  6. Nick, did they change the dose on any of your medications? if so check with them about a possible drug reaction. We sure hope you get feeling better soon, listen to your body it is telling you to cut back some and try to relax. We love you guys and still hope to see you in Yuma

  7. This is a little late, but I know you are TTN. Countryside is an affiliate at $3 a night for TTN members. We have stayed there the last five or six years under TTN. It is a nice park and really reasonable. You should consider it for your next visit to AJ.

  8. Ellen,
    It depends on your TT membership. We tried to get in there the last two years, and were quoted $145 a week, when they added in resort fees, taxes, etc.

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