It’s been in the mid-80s here in central Florida for the last couple of weeks, which the weatherman has been calling unseasonably warm. But a cold front is supposed to be coming in this weekend and they are predicting temperatures to fall into the mid-to-upper 70s by the first of the week. That will be nice.
Yesterday was another stay-at-home day for us. Miss Terry put a new project on her loom and started weaving it. It’s going to be a scarf, and it’s absolutely beautiful. In fact, it’s so nice I told her she should keep this one for herself.
Quite a few readers have asked if she’s going to be selling any of her work. Up to this point she has been busy making gifts for family and friends, but we were talking about it today and she may put a couple of items in our vendor booth at the Escapade RV rally in Vermont this summer and see if there’s any interest.
I spent the last two days formatting the print versions of Big Lake Honeymoon, Big Lake Reckoning, and Black Friday, and yesterday afternoon I got them uploaded to Create Space, Amazon’s print book division. They should be available for sale in a week or so.
With that out of the way, I decided that while Big Lake Brewpub is in final proofreading, I would go ahead and start my next book, Return To Dog’s Run. The original Dog’s Run mystery took place in 1951, and the sequel will be set 15 years later and cover what happened to Police Chief Lester Smeal’s son and daughter, and to Penny Reider, the sister of the murder victim in that story. All three of them have legacies to live up to or live down and I’ll be interested to see how they handle it.
Somebody asked me how I come up with so many characters for my stories and I told him what I always say, I just listen to what the voices in my head tell me. What the heck? I enjoy it, and it keeps me off the streets and out of the bingo halls.
When I went up to the campground store yesterday to check to see if our mail had arrived, I stopped at Dave and Jean Damon’s Landmark fifth wheel to see how Dave is doing after his hip surgery a few days ago. I’m happy to say that his recovery seems to be well on the way. With Jean taking good care of him, I’m sure Dave will be up and about before too long.
Dave and Jean used to be popular vendors at many RV rallies, Dave selling 303 Protectant and Jean doing massages. She’s had both myself and Miss Terry on her table more than once and does an excellent job. One of these days when Dave is back on his feet I have to have her work us both over again.
Driving back to our RV site, I stopped twice to say hello to people we’ve met over the years. Being part of the fulltime RV lifestyle means you are a member of a huge mobile community of people and it’s not uncommon to be here in Florida, or in Arizona, or wherever, and bump into somebody you met two years ago and a 1,000 miles away. You never have to feel lonely out here, there’s always a smiling face waiting to greet you wherever you go.
Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of my buddy George Wier’s excellent small town mystery, Murder In Elysium. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – Math made simple: If you have $20 and your wife has $5, she has $25.