Sunbelt My Butt!

 Posted by at 2:01 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 242013

Who said Arizona was in the Sunbelt, a place where retirees and snowbirds could while away the winter months in warm comfort? Whoever they were, they lied!

It’s been a cold, wet, windy weekend here at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson and I’m freezing! I think if I started driving right now and kept the pedal to the metal I could be in the Florida Keys by Wednesday night. And believe me, I’m tempted!

I’ve spent the last two days holed up inside writing. I got a couple of stories done for the next issue of the Gypsy Journal, posted a Bad Nick blog that got people fired up, and did some work on my next Big Lake mystery. Miss Terry made me some more chocolate chip cookies and I think I can hold out until the weather clears. But cabin fever is really setting in. I’ll be glad to get out and breathe some fresh air.

Terry was busy setting her loom up for a new weaving project, this one is going to be a scarf for one of our granddaughters. She’s got two more to go after this one. I know some little girls who are going to be warm this Christmas!

Terry new project

Terry new project 3

Apparently I wasn’t the only person stuck inside, because I got an unusually large number of e-mails yesterday, and even after deleting all of the forwards without opening them, I still had quite a few to answer. Besides people asking for my opinion on solar panels (an expensive supplement to a generator at best), about trying to make a living on the road with a multi-level marketing scheme they wanted me to get involved in (no thanks), and one from a couple who say they can’t live comfortably in their paid off RV with a $3,700 monthly income (I sure could), there was one that really made me sad because it’s a story I’ve heard many times over the years. It was from a lady who had been a student at two Life on Wheels sessions, telling me that she and her husband had postponed their plan to go fulltiming three times due to family problems, and now that all of that had been resolved, they were just about ready to hit the road when he had a massive stroke and now they will never get to live their dream. I am so glad that Terry and I took the plunge in our mid-40s, even though a lot of folks thought we were crazy. It wasn’t always easy, but neither of us would trade one minute of it for anything in the world.

At our last Gypsy Journal rally in Yuma, Judy Howard gave me a copy of her book COAST TO COAST WITH A CAT AND A GHOST and I started to read it, but for some reason I never got around to finishing it. I guess the rally was going on and it got put aside. The other day I downloaded it to my Kindle and just finished it. What a wonderful story! Do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy today.

Speaking of books, and I always seem to be, this is your last chance to enter this week’s Free Drawing for an audiobook of Big Lake, the first book in my Big Lake mystery series. All you have to do is click this Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section below. Only one entry per person per drawing please! The winner will be chosen at random this evening.

Thought For The Day – If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a worldwide shortage of fishing poles.

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  13 Responses to “Sunbelt My Butt!”

  1. Nick, just to make you feel better (maybe) your cold weather has made it to Florida also. We’re looking for a high of 65 today in Bushnell. Time for long sleeves and long pants dammit.

  2. Sorry, Al, I can’t feel very sorry for you. Our temperature here in Bremerton, WA is a chlly 36 degrees.

  3. 22 in Sunny Lancaste , Pa

  4. So cold the “R” froze of the Lancaster

  5. So cold the “R” froze of the Lancaster

    But then you will have this

  6. How quick you forget how often it rains in the Keys, How big the bugs are there, and how inflated the prices are. AND how Lucky you are to have a cookie chef on those rainy days. My cookies come from a Wal-Mart box. And I am the only cook around here. My companion is in heaven. You very LUCKY man !

  7. Simply gorgeous Miss Terry!!!!! I see the weaving is going well!!!

  8. I feel your frustration with the weather but for me this is perfect time to rehab from my knee replacement. Nice part about here as you know is it will get better. I also would like to head for the Keys which might happen Feb. a few days ago you mentioned your sea eagles, on your recommendation we bought a couple and have not had a chance to use them here in Az. Anytime you and Miss Terry would like to take a cruise let us know we would like to tag along. We have checked out a couple close places. Cannot wait to get them out. As usual we really enjoy the blog, Bad Nick was interesting this week.

  9. Then I won’t brag too much that it has been hot as Hell here in the FL Keys were I have been running the weed eater all day in the hot sun!!! I am glad I am taking a marketing class right now as that gives me incentive to continue developing my own on-line business selling physical products I buy cheap & sell for a decent profit. No MLM’s for me, LOL. Have a great week & I am sure it will warm up there soon!

  10. What’s this?
    Your sunbelt is around your butt?
    Couldn’t help it.

  11. Well, I am sure Florida is warmer than we are…but today was terribly cold for here. It got to only 39 degrees with a horridly cold wind that felt like it was blown over snow. And we are in the south too!! Maybe you better run over to CA for a spell if you want warm!!

    Tell Ms Terry she is doing incredibly well for doing this such a short time!! I do not know how but her pattern looks anything but easy!! I would think those who receive her work will be most happy with them…what a great way to spend time!! I am SO anxious to get back to my crafting, sewing, crocheting, etc.

  12. Vicki, I believe that would make it a moonbelt 🙂

  13. Good come back & much more politically correct 😉 lol

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