Thank you to everybody who purchased a copy of my new book, Big Lake Celebration, told their family and friends about it, and shared links on Facebook. It’s off to a very good start. Just six hours after it went live on Sunday evening it was ranked #5,088 on Amazon, and by yesterday afternoon it was at #3,480. When you think of all the hundreds of thousands of books on Amazon (actually, one figure has it is high as 3.4 million), that’s pretty awesome.
And the book already has its first five-star review! Reviews are very important to authors, and I appreciate every one I get.
With that out of the way, I parked myself at my computer yesterday morning and got back to work on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal. I worked straight through until about 8 p.m., when I stopped to get a bite to eat, then Terry and I played a couple of games of darts, and I was back at it and worked until midnight. I hate missing a deadline and really want to get it out as soon as possible. I appreciate everybody’s patience.
While I was doing that, Terry was working on a backlog of bookkeeping, and updating our mailing list. Between moving into the new house and getting settled in, and then having company, we both got behind. As we were eating dinner we were talking about the fact that she still hasn’t been able to put a project on her new loom, and my boat hasn’t seen the water since we took it on a test ride the day we purchased it. We asked ourselves how we ever found time to do everything while we were living and traveling in the motorhome. Hopefully, once I get the new issue of the Gypsy Journal out and Terry gets caught up her backlog, we will finally have time to enjoy all the reasons we moved here.
Pretty much anywhere you go in Florida you’re going to deal with mosquitos and no-see-ums, which are tiny little flying insects that you don’t know have bitten you until after the fact. They leave an ugly welt that festers and begins to itch, and lasts for days. I wanted to give you a yea and nay on two different products I mentioned a while back to combat them. One is Avon SKIN-SO-SOFT Bug Guard PLUS lotion. We slather it on whenever we go down to the water or are doing anything outside, and it works great. We have not had one bite while we were wearing it.
In fact, it’s so good that even though we are only partway through the first bottle I ordered from Amazon, I went back online and ordered a three-pack so we have some in the garage and in both vehicles.
Not so good are the Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard towelettes. I’m not impressed with them at all. They’re good for about two hours at most, and before you know it you become a cafeteria for the bloodthirsty flying critters around here.
Our buddy Jim Lewis spent a couple of weeks with us and liked the area so much that he purchased a place just a block or so away! How cool is that? Jim has been living in Mission, Texas the last couple of years and has some terrible respiratory problems that have been made worse due to allergies to things there. It was so bad that he was on oxygen for a while, and taking medication daily.
But this area is supposed to have some of the best air in the country, and seeing the dramatic transformation in Jim makes me believe that is true. He didn’t need his oxygen or his medication all the while he was here. He was walking around all over the place without a problem, and even helped us move a big heavy dresser without gasping for breath. (Which is more than I can say for myself.)
We are looking forward to having Jim as a neighbor, he’s a good guy. And it will be nice to have somebody we know close enough to look after our place when we are off traveling in our motorhome.
We don’t normally carry for sale ads in the blog, but I have been advertising Jim’s park model back in Mission. Here it is again. If you looking for a really nice, clean snowbird roost in the Rio Grande Valley, it’s a heck of a deal.
Are you looking for an affordable winter roost in a friendly, active adult RV resort in the Rio Grande Valley? Check out this very clean one bedroom, one bath park model in Pleasant Valley RV Resort in Mission, Texas. It is move-in ready, with all appliances and furniture included. Features include hardwood floors, a carport, a new metal roof, a new air conditioner, and the low annual lot rent is paid through April. All this for just $23,000. For more information, call (928) 367-4336.
Congratulations Bill Grimwood, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Ken Rossignol’s Pirate Trials: Famous Murderous Pirates Book Series: THE LIVES AND ADVENTURES of FAMOUS and SUNDRY PIRATES. We had 48 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon!
Thought For The Day – An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.