Nick Russell

Just Ballast

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 242014
 

The most productive thing I did yesterday was to just add ballast to planet Earth to help it maintain its orbit in space. If a traffic cop would have come along and marked me with chalk, I’m sure I would have been towed away because I didn’t move for hours. I’m surprised Terry didn’t hold a mirror under my nose to check to see if I was even breathing.

I wasn’t sick, I just had a bad case of lazy. Usually I try to do something to earn my keep every day, but not yesterday. It was all I could do to drag my portly posterior out of bed and into an upright position.

Miss Terry, on the other hand, was busy all day long. She’s like the Energizer Bunny, she just keeps going and going. Between making me a delicious breakfast, doing paperwork part of the day, and making a wonderful fried chicken dinner, and doing a couple of loads of laundry, she also put the finishing touches on her latest shawl, fresh off the loom.

Here’s a close-up that shows the detail in the pattern.

In mid-afternoon John and Norma Howe stopped by for a visit and to purchase a copy of our Guide To Free Campgrounds & Overnight Parking Places. Jon and Norma are fulltime RVers who are workamping here at Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort. They are planning to replace their Mandalay motorhome’s original TVs with flat screens and were impressed with the way we did ours and the additional storage space the conversion gives us. We enjoyed their visit and hope to see them again while we’re here.

Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small Ohio town in 1951. If I had to name one of my books as my favorite, it would be this one. To enter, all you have to do is click on the 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.

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If you like RV travel and you like mystery stories, check out Soul of the Forest, the first book in J.A. Harpers’ Bird Treks mystery series revolving around fulltime RVers Maggie and Ben Graham. The second book in the series is Spirit of the Joshua. The author, Jenise Harper, is a fulltimer herself, traveling in a 2001 Blue Bird motorhome.

And if you enjoy stories about the occult, ghosts and such, be sure to download my friend James Rozoff’s new book The Association, book 3 in his The Amazing Morse series. It’s free today on Amazon. And folks, please leave a review when you read a book mentioned here. It really does help an author market books when you do.

Thought For The Day – My conspiracy theory can beat up your conspiracy theory.

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Oct 232014
 

Miss Terry says I am head over heels in love with the beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia but I think that’s an exaggeration. Enthralled? Yes. Enamored? Sure. But head over heels? Yeah, that’s an exaggeration. A tiny exaggeration maybe, but an exaggeration none the less.

But even if I am, who could blame me? What’s not to love in this historic city? Settled in 1733, Savannah has seen wars, wealth, poverty, drama and comedy in her history, and like the classy Southern lady she is, she has handled it all with grace and dignity. With its beautiful park-like squares shaded by live oaks and magnolias, its historic waterfront, and streets lined with beautiful mansions, I don’t think anybody could help but be impressed.

During the Civil War, when Union General William Tecumseh Sherman arrived in Savannah after burning Atlanta and everything in his path on his "March to the Sea," he was so impressed by its beauty that he could not destroy it. In December, 1864, he sent a telegram to President Lincoln, offering him the city as a Christmas present.

We could not be this close to Savannah and not visit, so yesterday we spent the day playing tourist. Our fist stop was the Visitor Center to pick up a map, and while we were there a nice gentleman named Mike Chiles introduced himself and told me he was a regular blog reader. Mike and his wife Patricia are from Prattville, Alabama and have been on an extended RV trip the last few months, visiting a lot of fun places. Check out his blog, and if you’re a NASCAR fan, I know there are some pictures there you are going to enjoy.

After visiting with Mike and Patricia for a few minutes we set off to explore Savannah, just wandering around the streets admiring the grand old homes that have been so carefully restored. This handsome brick mansion is the Mercer House and belonged to General Hugh Mercer, the great-grandfather of singer/songwriter Johnny Mercer, and was made famous in the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. If you have not read this classic by John Berendt, check it out. It really gives you a feel for Savannah.

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Savannah is laid out around 21 squares, small shaded islands where people can relax on a park bench and admire historic statues, chat with a friend, or just watch the world go by.

Jphnson Square

The riverfront, with some of the oldest commercial buildings in Savannah, is a popular place with tourists and residents alike. The old cotton warehouses and ship outfitters now house shops, galleries, and restaurants.

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The whole city is an artists’ and photographers’ delight.

Balconies

Eventually we left Savannah and drove a few miles to Tybee Island. The beaches were not nearly as crowded as on Hilton Head Island, but the people who were there all seemed to be having a good time.

Tybee Island beach 2

Tybee Island beach 3

Tybee Island beach

The beach here has suffered a lot of erosion and this dredge is sucking up sand from the ocean floor that will be used to restore the beach.

Tybee Island dredge

We wandered out on the pier, which has a nice pavilion and is free to the public. There were a few fishermen, but nobody seemed to be getting any action.

Fishermen

The last time we were in this area we ate at The Crab Shack with Greg and Jan White and Peggy Krepelka and Dave Koehler. It was one of the most fantastic meals we ever had and we’ve looked forward to going back ever since.

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They have several alligators in a pool at the entrance, and we had to stop and watch them for a while. A sign said they were born in captivity and will live in an exhibit for the rest of their lives, and also warned people that it is both illegal and dangerous to feed wild alligators. You might think that would go without saying, but again, we’re talking about people.

Gator face on

Two gators

Gator sunning

We sat outside, with a nice view of Chimney Creek.

River view from table

Nothing is fried at The Crab Shack, which is usually my first choice for seafood, but that’s okay. The last time we were there we had the Captain’s Sampler for two, a low country boil that included Alaskan king crab, stone crab, shrimp, mussels, crawfish, sausage, corn and potatoes. And by the way, this picture was taken after we each took our first helping! It tasted even better than it looks, and there’s no way we could finish it all, but we sure had fun trying. Smile

Crab Shack boil

By the time we got back to Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort, after a stop at Barnes & Noble and WalMart, we were both worn out. But it was worth it for the memories we made on a beautiful day in a beautiful city. And I think Miss Terry was right after all; I am head over heels in love with Savannah.

Don’t forget to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small Ohio town in 1951. If I had to name one of my books as my favorite, it would be this one. To enter, all you have to do is click on the Free Drawings 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.

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Thought For The Day – I don’t know why people change churches; what difference does it make which one you stay home from on Sunday?

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Getting A Lot Done

 Posted by at 12:12 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 222014
 

I have had a lot of blog readers asking me what I suggest they do for internet access now that Verizon has acquired Millenicom’s accounts and it seems to be out of the internet business. I don’t really know what to advise anybody because at this point the entire industry seems to be in a state of flux. As I understand it, both Verizon and AT&T are offering double data deals through the end of this month. It might be a good idea to check them out. Chris and Cherie at Technomadia are much better informed than I am on all of this, and have an article on their website titled October Mobile Internet Cellular Shake-Up that you should check out.

We planned to go to Savannah yesterday and play tourist, but about 2 a.m. it started raining and continued all night long. This surprised us because the weather report was for clear skies for the next 7 – 10 days. When we got up yesterday morning the weatherman was saying he had no idea where the storm came from or if it was going to linger, so we postponed our trip until today.

Since we always have plenty to do, a last minute change of plans wasn’t a problem. Terry spent the day finishing her latest weaving project and I kept busy formatting the print edition of Big Lake Scandal. My cover artist, Elizabeth Mackey, finished the print cover last night, and today I will upload it to CreateSpace, Amazon’s book printing division.

In response to so many of your requests, I also enrolled Big Lake Scandal and Bad Nick in Amazon’s Select and Kindle Unlimited programs. It’s a great deal for readers who are Amazon Prime members or members of Kindle Unlimited; you can read all of my books for free! If you don’t belong to Kindle Unlimited, check it out. Your first 30 days are free and you can cancel if it doesn’t meet your needs. It’s also a good deal for authors. Whenever somebody downloads one of my books and reads at least ten percent of it, I get paid a commission. It’s not as much as for an outright sale, but it all adds up. I would really appreciate it if you would help spread the word.

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to start a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small Ohio town in 1951. If I had to name one of my books as my favorite, it would be this one. To enter, all you have to do is click on the Free Drawings 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.

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If you enjoy the outdoors and like a good chuckle, check out Ben Rehder’s Fun & Game Wardens. In my days as a small town newspaper publisher I did several ride-alongs with the local game wardens and they shared many stories with me. Ben’s book is a fun, true to life read that reflects those stories and the things I saw on those ride-alongs. Buy this book, I’m sure you’ll like it as much as I did.

Thought For The Day – When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money. – Susan Heller

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Hilton Head Beach Day

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 212014
 

When we spent a week in Key West, Florida a few years back, we were disappointed to find that even though it’s an island, access to the water was limited to a few narrow beaches and they were crowded with people elbow to elbow. So we didn’t know what to expect when we went to the beach here on Hilton Head Island yesterday. We were pleasantly surprised.

While all of the beach is public, access is often private and controlled by resorts and condos. However, the Town of Hilton Head Island provides beach access at several locations. We spent the afternoon at Coligny Beach, parking the Explorer in the free parking lot and walking a short distance along a nice boardwalk to the beach.

Boardwalk to beach

On the street side of the beach there are clean modern restrooms, changing booths like these, and showers to wash the sand off.

Changing room

The beach was wide, clean, and seemed to stretch on forever.

Hilton Head beach view 2

Beach water

And though there were people out enjoying the sun and the water, it wasn’t crowded. Everybody had lots of space.

Hilton Head beach umbrella

Hilton Head beach view

There are a lot of beachfront condos and such, and given the cost of real estate here, I think a nice ocean view unit would set you back more than my limited budget would allow. That’s the great thing about being a fulltime RVer – when I go to a resort I take my house with me!

Hilton Head condos

It was in the mid-70s and a lot of people were out in the water. Some folks take their lawn chairs and set them right in the water. Can you think of a better place to read your Kindle? The next time we go to the beach we may take our Strongback Chairs with us.

All of that sunshine and sea air can work up an appetite, so when we left the beach we walked to Anglers Beach Market Grill, a nice little restaurant with both inside seating and outside on a deck at tables shaded by umbrellas. Somebody recommended their low country boil, but it’s no longer on the menu. So instead, I had a seafood combo with fried shrimp and scallops and blackened fish and it was all very good. Miss Terry had crab and shrimp salad on an English muffin with sliced beefsteak tomato and melted cheddar cheese and she liked it. The service was fast and friendly, and we’ll definitely go back.

As I mentioned yesterday, our hosts told us they won’t be here to use their site at Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort until early November and said we were welcome to stay longer, so yesterday I stopped at the office and extended for another week. That will have us leaving the 30th and I think our next stop will be St. Augustine, Florida for a few days. We had planned to stop at the Passport America campground in Hardeeville, South Carolina, just a few miles from Savannah, but their rates have gone up more than I’m willing to pay for what they have to offer. We can easily drive into Savannah from here and play tourist. Of course, with us you never know what to expect, since we never know what to expect. At any moment we might shake up the Jello and go in in another direction if the mood strikes. That’s the freedom of our lifestyle.

Thought For The Day – Opportunity may only knock once, but temptation bangs on the door every day.

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Oct 202014
 

Yesterday afternoon I finished the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and then Terry spent several hours giving it a final proofing before I uploaded it to the printer’s web server last night. We have a few days to relax before it gets shipped back to us, so is it time to play yet? I sure hope so, I’ve been chained to my desk for too long.

I think today we’ll spend some time exploring Hilton Head Island. There’s no way we can be this close to a beach and not go check it out, right? Although it’s cooled down noticeably, so there probably won’t be many skimpy bikinis to see. Not that I’d notice anyway, being a married man and all.

We originally planned to be here at Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort for a week, but yesterday our hosts sent a message that they won’t be here until early November, so I think we’ll stay longer. I can’t think of a nicer place to hang out for a while, can you?

Anybody who knows me is well aware that I’m not a techy kind of guy, so my author friend Stephen Arseneault has been helping me tweak the keywords and categories for my books on Amazon and it has shown an immediate impact. Life is good! Thanks for all of your help Stephen. It’s much appreciated.

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Well, it would be if I could get over my darned identity crisis and figure out who I really am. As another author pal of mine, Bobbi Holmes, who writes the popular Haunting Danielle mystery series, asks in her blog Will the real Nick Russell please stand up. Actually, I contacted this fellow last winter and tried to straighten up his misinformation, and as I wrote in a blog post then titled Delusions of Grandeur, he quickly put me in my place. I write fiction for a living, but you can’t make this stuff up!

Congratulations to Nancy Scigliano, this week’s winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Suzie O’Connell’s Mountain Angel. We had 83 entries in the drawing. Stay tuned, because another one starts soon.

Yesterday I got an e-mail about a new mobile app called GoMechanic, which is advertised to be able to find a dealership or mobile RV mechanic anywhere in the United States, within a (50) mile radius of where you are GPS located. The information with it says that there are over 10,000 service providers listed for everything from detailing to oil changes, tire replacement, window tinting, locksmithing, etc. It’s available free for Android and on iTunes. Check it out.

Thought For The Day – A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Almost Done

 Posted by at 12:01 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 192014
 

Except for our trip here from Morehead City, I’ve spent the last few days working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and it’s almost done. All that’s left is to drop in Terry’s recipe column and for her to give it a final proofread.

I think our readers are really going to enjoy this issue. It’s packed with plenty of interesting stories, including Ulysses S. Grant’s boyhood home, Loveland Castle in Ohio, the Derry Church Session House, the Shoe House, the Conrad Weiser Homestead, a stop by stop description of the Gettysburg Battlefield auto tour route, a feature on Roadside America, the tale of a haunted bridge, and profiles of abolitionist Sojourner Truth and Robert Wadlow, the gentle giant of Alton, Illinois. And that doesn’t include our regular items like letters from our readers and some of Terry’s great recipes. If you haven’t subscribed yet, click here or the link at the bottom of this page and we’ll get you on our mailing list.

Between proofing stories as I cranked them out and helping me get the exposure on the photos right, Terry was busy with a new weaving project. And she still found time to make one of her delicious pizzas for dinner! Actually two, a white pizza with pepperoni for me and regular pizza with lots of veggies for her. And we have enough left over for another dinner!

There is a lot to see and do here on Hilton Head Island, so once we get the new issue finished and uploaded to our printer’s web server, it will be time to get out and play. We are lighthouse aficionados, so seeing the Harbour Town Lighthouse is high on our list. Though it’s relatively new (opened in 1970), it’s a popular landmark. And how can we be on an island and not go to the beach? And I suspect that sooner or later we will be forced to sample some of the local seafood, just to say we did. Yeah, it’s a tough gig, but somebody has to do it.

Here’s a bit of Hilton Head trivia for you. When the famous American Revolution warship USS Constitution, popularly known as Old Ironsides, was rebuilt in 1997, they used wood from Hilton Head live oak trees that were felled during construction of the Cross Island Parkway. Now remember, if you win a gazillion dollars on Jeopardy with that information, I want my cut!

Today is your last chance to enter this week’s Free Drawing for an audiobook of my friend Suzie O’Connell’s Mountain Angel, the first book in her popular Northstar Angels romance series. To enter, all you have to do is click on the 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 this evening.

Mountain Angel

Thought For The Day – Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything. – Charles Kuralt

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Oct 182014
 

We were pretty worn out from waking up early and our nearly 400 mile trip Thursday, so we slept soundly our first night here at Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort. I’d have liked to have slept in a little bit yesterday morning, but was awakened to the sound of a maintenance guy trimming the brush around our RV site this morning. But what the heck, a place this big takes a lot of work to keep it looking good.

And it really does look good, from the well-groomed entry to the interior roads to the campsites.

Hilton Head Resort sign

Hilton Head road 2

Hilton Head road

This is a member-owned resort and the sites are very nice.

Hilton Head RV site 2

Hilton Head RV site 3

Hilton Head RV site

Here is the site we are parked on, which is owned by friends of ours. Once I get the new issue of the Gypsy Journal finished, I plan to spend some time under that umbrella just watching the world go by.

Winnie at Hilton Head

The resort has every amenity you could ever want, from a large temperature controlled pool to a heated spa, lounge, fully-equipped exercise room, modern laundry facilities, luxury tile and marble bath facilities with private shower rooms, six tennis courts, a basketball court, shuffleboard, miles of paved bike and walking paths, and a dog park. All this and it’s just a short walk or bike ride to the beach! Can you tell I like this place?

Something else I like is food, but you all knew that, right? I’m not a sushi kind of guy, but when I hear about a good Chinese buffet I’m right there. So when I found Vari Asian Seafood & Sushi Buffet on Yelp, I was looking forward to trying it. We arrived a few minutes after 5 on Friday afternoon and there were only two other customers, never a good sign. But we decided to give it a try anyway and were very glad we did. The hot and sour soup was very tasty, the fried rice was excellent, and everything else on the buffet table was very good. Service was fast and friendly. It’s well worth a return trip.

Have you entered this week’s Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of my friend Suzie O’Connell’s Mountain Angel, the first book in her popular Northstar Angels romance series. To enter, all you have to do is click on the 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.

Mountain Angel

If you are a science fiction fan, I’ve got some good news for you. My friend Stephen Arseneault just released OMEGA Exile, the first book in his new Omega series, which is a follow-up series to his popular eight-book AMP series. Check it out on Amazon

Thought For The Day – Be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in. – Andrew Zimmern

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Oct 172014
 

First of all, I want to thank everybody for your birthday greetings on the blog, by e-mail and on Facebook. You all make me feel very special. And speaking of birthdays and special people, today is our friend Elaine Loscher’s birthday. It’s never polite to ask a lady her age, but I’m pretty sure Elaine is almost old enough to buy a drink. And since she’s married to my buddy Mike, who could blame her if she did? Smile

We woke up earlier than usual yesterday morning because we had a lot of miles to cover. By 9:15 we were on the road, which I think may be a record for us. We usually leave somewhere around the crack of noon.

We took U.S. Highway 17 south to Wilmington, most of it excellent divided four-lane highway, and after navigating through a snarl of narrow construction zones we got onto U.S. Highway 74 and followed it west to Whiteville, where we picked up U.S. 76 and took it into South Carolina. It ranged between nice four-lane highway to rather narrow two-lane road in a few short sections, and we had to slow down for a couple of small towns, but it was an easy ride. At Florence we got onto Interstate 95 for 156 miles, the longest we’ve driven on an interstate in a couple of months. We left the superslab and took U.S. 278 east to Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort, arriving at 5:10 p.m. with 396 miles behind us.

This is our first time to Hilton head, and I have to say that we are very impressed with what we’ve seen of the resort so far. We were scheduled to arrive here on Wednesday, but due to the bad weather I had called and spoke to a very nice lady named Tracy and told her I needed to move up our reservation by a day, at least, until the storm had passed. Yesterday morning when I called to tell her we were on our way, Tracy said the office closed at 5 p.m., and that she would call about 3 to see how our trip was going. When she did, I told her that we were on our way but would arrive a little after closing time. She said no problem and that she would keep the office open until we arrived. How nice!

Tracy greeted us and got us checked in and then we were escorted to our site. This is a very nice place and everybody we have met has been super friendly. Driving to our site folks waved and said hello, and once we were parked a nice couple named Joey and Leslie were walking by and stopped and chatted with us for a while. None of the snootiness we’ve experienced at some upscale RV resorts.

By the time we got the utilities hooked up, the rooftop satellite TV dish aimed, and the motorhome set up it was dark, so we did not see much of the resort, but what we saw, we liked. I’ll have some pictures in tomorrow’s blog.

Big news out of Elkhart, Indiana. My buddy Al Hesselbart, historian for the RV Museum has announced his retirement. Al has talked about retirement for a while now, but since he’s the world’s acknowledged expert on the history of the RV industry, he was having too much fun playing with the antique RVs at the museum and sharing his wealth of knowledge with anyone who came through the door. He has been an excellent resource for anybody researching the RV world, and his book The Dumb Things Sold…Just like that is interesting reading for anybody who has ever set foot inside a recreational vehicle. Al tells me he plans to spend time traveling in his vintage Newell motorhome and chasing fish from Michigan to Florida. Congratulations on your retirement, Al. I look forward to casting a line with you one of these days, buddy.

Al Hesselbart

And more big news, this time on wireless internet access for RVers. Yesterday, Millenicom announced that Verizon is acquiring all Millenicom customer accounts. Technomadia’s Cherie Ve Ard, writing on the RV Mobile Internet Resource Center, said that Verizon will be contacting Millenicom’s customers to tell them what their plan options will be. Where does that leave Mellinicom customers who have used their service to save money on wireless internet? Cherie says nobody knows at this point. The RV Mobile Internet Resource Center has an interesting report online titled Cellular Data ‘Wars’ – Guide to Picking Your Plans that you might find interesting.

Have you entered this week’s Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of my friend Suzie O’Connell’s Mountain Angel, the first book in her popular Northstar Angels romance series. To enter, all you have to do is click on the 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.

Mountain Angel

Thought For The Day – If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. – Bertrand Russell

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Oct 162014
 

If we look like we are sporting nice suntans the next time you see us, take a closer look because it’s not what it seems. What you are actually seeing is rust. Yeah, it rained that much yesterday.

The storm that has been raging across the country had lost a lot of its momentum by the time it reached Morehead City, but it still had plenty of rain with it. Lots and lots of rain. It started coming down a little after midnight and continued all day yesterday. It was pounding so hard on the roof of our motorhome that when my daughter-in-law Geli called from Alabama to wish me happy birthday, we didn’t even hear the phone ring!

Except for a quick trip to the post office and to pick up a few things at the store, we spent the day at home and I worked on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal while Terry was busy with bookkeeping and making me a delicious dinner of anchovy garlic aioli. Yummy! And for dessert, she made a chocolate birthday cake with chocolate cream frosting! Double yummy!

Birthday Cake

By 9 p.m. the storm had passed on out to sea, leaving puddles everywhere. I know because I stepped in one and soaked my shoe and foot with cold water.

Today we will be back on the road, headed for Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort in South Carolina. Friends have an RV lot there and have offered us the use of it for a while and we’re looking forward to checking it out. It’s almost 400 miles, and if we get an early start we should be able to make it. For the most part we’ve been limiting our traveling days to under 200 miles for the last couple of months, but I want to get there and get set up so I can concentrate on finishing the new issue of the paper to get it to our printer by our Monday deadline.

Hopefully, once that’s done we will have some time to explore Hilton Head. We may even get some kite flying done. Terry hasn’t had her new Revolution EXP in the air yet, and I think it’s about time, don’t you?

Have you entered this week’s Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of my friend Suzie O’Connell’s Mountain Angel, the first book in her popular Northstar Angels romance series. 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.

Mountain Angel

Thought For The Day – You have to experience the darkness before you can appreciate the light.

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Oct 152014
 

We had planned to leave Morehead City today and continue our southward journey, but a nasty storm system tracking through the country is bringing lots of wind and rain to this region of the coast, so we’re going to stay here until it passes through. It’s part of that flexibility that all fulltime RVers have to pack with them when they hit the road.

We’ve known a few who couldn’t do that; they traveled on tight self-imposed schedules and when some breakdown or weather delay threw off their timelines they could not adapt. Folks like that don’t last long out here.

It’s just as well. I’ll take advantage of the downtime to get more done on the new issue of the paper so I can have it to our printer next Monday. That’s pretty much what I did all day yesterday, while Terry caught up on her paperwork and got a couple of orders ready to mail out.

RV fires are terrible things, but they do happen. That’s why I always tell people to be sure to attend one of Mac McCoy’s fire safety seminars at RV rallies. We had two small fires in our bus conversion, and both times Terry was able to quickly extinguish them before they got any bigger. Yesterday, longtime reader Jim Hamm sent me this picture of a friend’s motorhome that caught fire in Kingman, Arizona. It looks like it started in the generator compartment. Fortunately, Jim said his friends escaped without harm.

Motorhome fire Kingman Jim Hamm

Last week’s BookBub promotion for Big Lake was very successful, with almost 75,000 free copies downloaded. I’m seeing a noticeable increase in sales of the other four books in the Big Lake series and some very nice reviews.

Don’t mess with authors! My cousin Nora Knople in Ohio sent me a picture of this shirt. I need about six of them, if Omar the Tentmaker can crank up production.

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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to start a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of my friend Suzie O’Connell’s Mountain Angel, the first book in her popular Northstar Angels romance series. To enter, all you have to do is click on the 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.

Mountain Angel

Another of my author pals, Cleve Sylcox, is currently offering his mystery Death, In Gravely Falls: Sometimes, Justice Isn’t Enough free on Amazon. Fictional Gravely Falls, Colorado sits on the outskirts of ski country with beautiful views, wonderful landscapes… and murder. Check it out and leave a review.

Thought For The Day – Everything is changing. People are taking comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke. – Will Rogers

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