Nick Russell

Oct 122018
 

This may come as a surprise to some of you, but my beautiful, demure wife has a fetish. Well, to be honest with you, she has a bunch of fetishes. Okay, get your collective minds out of the gutter, that’s not what I mean. These are a different kind of fetish.

People have asked what we are going to put in the old type drawers that we recently hung in the hallway, and we really didn’t know when we first hung them there. But part of that problem has been solved now. When we first got together Terry had a collection of Native American fetishes, which are small carvings of animals and other things originally created to serve a ceremonial purpose in their culture.

They have been packed away since we started fulltime RVing, and the other day she dug them out and put them in some of the compartments of one of the type cases. I think they look pretty cool.

Somebody suggested that I put my police badges in one of the type cases, but most of the compartments in the type cases are too small and I don’t want to cut them up or modify them. I ordered a different display case for the badges, which arrived yesterday. I’ll show you a picture that once I get them arranged and get it hung on a wall somewhere.

We started yesterday with a doctor’s appointment for Terry, then we spent the rest of the day and evening with our buddies Greg and Jan White. We were talking about the days back when our friendship first began. We had met them a couple of times at rallies, including one of our Gypsy Journal rallies at the fairgrounds in Celina, Ohio. After the rally was over we returned to Elkhart Campground in Indiana, and just by the luck of the draw wound up parked in the next row in front of them. Greg had mentioned that he was good at fixing stuff, so when the water heater on our Winnebago Ultimate Advantage died on a cold, rainy morning I went knocking on his door asking for help. Standing in a puddle of rainwater holding an umbrella over Greg while he knelt in the water fixing the problem, and realizing he was having a good time doing it, I knew I had found a friend for life. Or at least a patsy I could exploit for a long, long time. And trust me, I have!

So it should be no surprise to you that I have plenty of chores for Greg to help me with while they are in the area. He dived into some of them yesterday, fixing computer problems for us, and I’ve got plenty more for him to do before they head back to Texas a week from today. But that will have to wait for a while, because they are heading down towards Fort Lauderdale for a couple of days to visit with a friend there. Yeah, I know, it’s kind of selfish to put their wants and needs in front of mine, but that’s the way Greg is. What can I say?

On another note, have you ever wanted to start your RV related business that you can operate from your home or take on the road with you? If so, here’s something that you might be interested in. I have a complete set of 15 RV awning repair DVDs along with instruction the manual. Here is everything you need to know to launch your own RV awning installation and repair business. Titles of the DVDs include How To Start Your Own RV Awning Repair Business, RV Patio Awning Diagnostics, How To Install An RV Patio Awning, How To Replace RV Awnings, How To Install An RV Window Awning, How To Repair And Customize RV Awning Fabrics, How To Replace RV Awning Fabrics, RV Awning Hardware Repair, How To Repair Hardware On An RV With Awning Attached, How To Repair RV Awning Torsion Springs, RV Awning Torsion Assembly, RV Slide Topper Installation Replacement And Adjustment, How To Install An RV Add-On Room, How To Install A Cargo Trailer RV Awning, How To install An RV Awning On A Horse Trailer, and a bonus DVD on Specialty Vehicles and more. This instruction course cost $350 new, will sell all for $125, shipping included. Some kind of oil or other liquid got onto the box I had them stored in and the plastic outside sleeves on the cases for the DVDs were affected by it, but the cases and the DVDs themselves are fine, as is the book. If you are interested, contact me at editor@gypsyjournal.net

Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for a campground rating, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day.

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 (first and last) 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 – Silence is golden. Duct tape is silver.

Sad But Happy

 Posted by at 1:16 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 112018
 

Yesterday was a combination of sadness and happiness for us. Watching the news coverage of Hurricane Michael devastating the Florida Panhandle before moving into Georgia and causing even more damage was a terribly sad thing to see. Having dealt with two major hurricanes of our own in the last two years, we know the pain those impacted by the storm are feeling and our prayers are with them.



And yet, it was a happy day because we got to hang out with our friends Greg and Jan White. How can you not have fun when you’re spending time with buddies like them?

We gave them a tour of our house when they arrived, then showed them around our little manufactured home community. I guess they liked it. At least they didn’t say they hated it.

Jan wanted to see some manatee. No problem, you want manatee? We’ve got manatee! Lots and lots of manatee. There is a short, narrow canal that comes off the Indian River (Intercoastal Waterway) a couple of blocks from our house and it is always full of these gentle giants. They were really putting on a show for us yesterday, flipping their tails out of the water, poking their snouts up to breathe, showing their backs, and a couple even rolled over, making quite a splash. The problem with photographing any kind of wildlife is that they don’t always stay still and cooperate. They’re too busy doing their thing to worry about you and your camera. Even so, Terry got several pictures, including this one.

Then we went down to the fishing pier, where Jan got to see dolphins, something else that she wanted to do while she was here. There were a couple of lone dolphins and some pods of three to four animals together. While we were there we saw something that was a first for us. A large yacht was coming downriver and a dolphin was right at the bow, playing in the waves made as the boat cut through the water. A couple of times I thought it was going to get run over, but it didn’t. Unfortunately, they were going so fast that by the time Terry got her camera up and focused they were gone, so no pictures of that. But Greg got one and you can see it on his blog at this link.

But I did get this picture of Terry and Jan standing on the pier. They are better looking than boats and dolphins, anyway.

Done with that, we drove into New Smyrna Beach and gave them the grand tour, then drove a couple of miles down the beach. There were not many people out because of the weather, I guess. The beach was littered with kelp and the waves looked angry out there.

Greg and Jan like barbecue and they have never been to Dustin’s, a local favorite of ours, so that is where we went for dinner. No doubt about it, I know they liked that. All in all, a fun day with great friends. And we get to have more fun again today!



It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for a campground rating, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day.

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 (first and last) 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 – If a deaf person had to go court, would it still be called a hearing?

We Are Safe

 Posted by at 12:20 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 102018
 

Thank you to everyone who has expressed concern about us with Hurricane Michael moving through the Gulf of Mexico. We are safe on the other side of the state and don’t expect anything more than possibly some heavy rain from it. All models show the storm coming ashore on the Florida Panhandle and then turning to the east a considerable distance north of us. For those who are in the hurricane’s path, get someplace safe and stay there until things clear up.



Our friends Greg and Jan White would never let some silly old hurricane prevent them from visiting. They had expected to be at their RV park in Mims, down near Titusville, sometime around noon or 1 o’clock yesterday. But there was a bad accident on Interstate 95 north of Daytona Beach that blocked the freeway and they pretty much sat still for almost two hours. That put them behind schedule, so once they were parked and settled in I called and suggested that instead of them having to drive another 25 miles or so up here to see us, maybe we should drive down and meet them at Dixie Crossroads for dinner. Greg said that sounded like a good idea, so that’s what we did, arriving sometime just after 5 PM.

It sure was good to see them when we arrived at the restaurant. It’s been way too long! After hugs all the way around we ordered dinner and made up for lost time while we ate. And of course, once we were done eating we sat and talked a while longer.

In all the years that we have known Greg and Jan, and all the miles we have traveled together, and all the meals we have shared, an incredibly strong friendship has developed. After we parted company and were driving home, Terry commented that even though it’s been over a year since we last saw them, it felt like it was just yesterday. The conversations, the banter, the fun always picks up right where it left off. We’re looking forward to spending a lot more time with them while they are in the area.



On another note, have you ever wanted to start an RV related business that you can operate from your home or take on the road with you? If so, here’s something that you might be interested in. I have a complete set of 15 RV awning repair DVDs along with the instruction manual. Here is everything you need to know to launch your own RV awning installation and repair business. Titles of the DVDs include How To Start Your Own RV Awning Repair Business, RV Patio Awning Diagnostics, How To Install An RV Patio Awning, How To Replace RV Awnings, How To Install An RV Window Awning, How To Repair And Customize RV Awning Fabrics, How To Replace RV Awning Fabrics, RV Awning Hardware Repair, How To Repair Hardware On An RV With Awning Attached, How To Repair RV Awning Torsion Springs, RV Awning Torsion Assembly, RV Slide Topper Installation Replacement And Adjustment, How To Install An RV Add-On Room, How To Install A Cargo Trailer RV Awning, How To install An RV Awning On A Horse Trailer, and a bonus DVD on Specialty Vehicles and more. This instruction course cost $350 new, but I will sell all for $125, shipping included. Some kind of oil or other liquid got onto the box I had them stored in and the plastic outside sleeves on the cases for the DVDs were affected by it, but the cases and the DVDs themselves are fine, as is the book.

And finally, in the interest of public safety, I thought I should warn you all to be very careful on the roads. Not only is school back in session everywhere, but my 16-year-old granddaughter Hailey recently acquired her driver’s license. She is back in our old hometown of Show Low, Arizona and we are here on the Florida coast, but I’m still looking both ways when I pull out of the driveway, just in case. I told her mother I thought this bumper sticker would be appropriate for Hailey’s car.

Thought For The Day – I’m doing crunches twice a day now. Captain in the morning and Nestle at night.

Oct 092018
 

Whenever we can, we get off the interstate highways and travel the back roads of America. I’ve always said that a Grand Slam at a Denny’s in Paducah, Kentucky isn’t going to be any different than one at a Denny’s in Tucson, Arizona. And face it, just about every interstate highway exit in the country has the same generic fast food places, fuel stops, and big-box stores.



If you want see the real America, forget the interstates, the back roads are where it’s at. That’s where you’ll find the little small town cafés where the waitress calls you honey, pats you on the shoulder when she takes your order, and advises you not to order the pork chop sandwich today, because they are not very good. And on those back roads you’ll find all kinds of adventures and interesting places you never knew existed.

We were driving down US Highway 52 when we took a detour to check out the sleepy little riverfront town of New Richmond, Ohio. Little did we know what a hidden gem we were going to find just off the highway! Settled in the early 1800s, New Richmond was a hotbed of abolitionist activity in the years before and during the Civil War, and an important stop on the Underground Railroad. Things are little quieter around New Richmond these days, except for August, when the community hosts its annual Cardboard Boat Regatta on the Ohio River.

Yes, you heard that right, the folks in New Richmond race cardboard boats on the mighty Ohio. And if that’s not enough to make you want to go there, the town is also home to the World’s Only Cardboard Boat Racing Museum. Housed in a small building that looks like it might have once been a gas station, the museum displays an amazing collection of boats made out of cardboard. 

The annual regatta, which celebrated its 26th year this last August, is a fun filled event and the boats are as eclectic and creative as the imaginations of those who build them. And yes they are cardboard. As one of the volunteers at the museum told us, it’s amazing what you can do with cardboard and paint.

These boats resemble kayaks to a certain extent but compared to some of the things we saw the museum, they are pretty Plain Jane.

Especially compared to a boat built to look like a giant shoe.

Or this one, that looks like a coffee cup and saucer, sponsored by a local business.

This one was really cool, a cardboard hot rod boat. I could never think of something that creative.

This is the one that really got our attention! The Island Queen sidewheeler is a reproduction of one of two steamboats, built in 1896 and 1925 respectively, that had the same name and carried passenger and freight on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. How cool is that?

Other boats at the museum include a Batman boat, a ten-foot guitar, a school bus, the S.S. Minnow of Gilligan’s Island fame, a steam locomotive, a Jeep, a John Deere tractor, a Viking ship, and a swan.

The guys working at the museum were very friendly and happy to answer all our questions. They even invited us to come back next year to watch the regatta from the museum. We just might have to take them up on it! The annual race is held the 3rd Saturday of August during the New Richmond RiverDays Celebration.



The World’s Only Cardboard Boat Racing Museum not only displays cardboard boats, it also offers classes in building cardboard boats and student tours to learn about the boats. Whenever you are in Southeast Ohio, it’s really worth your time to stop.

The museum is located at 311 Front Street in New Richmond and is open Tuesdays from 3-6 p.m. and weekends from 9:30 to 4:30. The parking lot is small, but there’s not much traffic on Front Street and you should have no problems parking an RV on the street nearby. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcome to help support the museum.

For more information, visit the museum’s website at http://www.cardboardboatmuseum.com/.

Thought For The Day – Does anyone know where I can sign up for the lessons I should have learned by now?

No, Thanks. I’m Good

 Posted by at 12:09 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 082018
 

A while back I wrote a blog post about a visit to my doctor and them giving me a chart with a food pyramid on it. I said then that the problem with that was that everything I like is on the wrong side of the pyramid, and the stuff I don’t like is what they recommend. What kind of fun is that?



You might not believe it for a guy as fat as I am, but I’m actually a very picky eater. You might think that makes me hard to cook for but is actually very easy; I eat fried dead meat. But I’m also just as happy to have grilled dead meat, baked dead meat, or roasted dead meat. Basically, if it’s meat and it’s dead, I will eat it.

And don’t worry about vegetables and side dishes and things like that. You’re wasting my time and yours. Outside of a very few exceptions, I don’t eat vegetables. Nope, don’t want them, not going to eat them. Part of that is because I’m finicky and part of it is because I’m terribly allergic to onions, which are vegetables. The way I see it, it’s kind of a family feud thing. If your cousin hurts me, I don’t like you, either. It’s one of those guilt by association things.

I will make an exception for things like potatoes, since you can make French fries from them, and Miss Terry makes me eat at least a serving of corn or peas with most meals. Okay, I can handle that, but let’s not get all crazy and start throwing broccoli or Brussels sprouts or anything like that in my direction.

And I’m not one for exotic food. Sushi? Never going to happen. Fried rice is about as exotic as I get.

Over the years we’ve seen some oddball things on restaurant menus and store shelves, and I wonder if anybody ever actually tries them. For example, when we were at Jungle Jim’s, a huge grocery store in the Cincinnati area that stocks foods from all over the world, we saw Spotted Dick sponge pudding. Seriously, who would eat that stuff?

The other night a friend of mine sent me a picture of a store shelf displaying cans of pork brains with milk gravy. When I said that thing above about if it’s meat and it’s dead I will eat it, I have to draw the line somewhere, and that seems like a good place to do it.

Obviously, this all presents challenges for Miss Terry, because she’s the world’s greatest cook and she loves trying new things. That’s fine, baby, just don’t try them out on me. Right now, Terry is adjusting to something called the Fodmap diet, which her doctor recommended to see if it would help her with her IBS. She is not nearly as picky as I am when it comes to food, but so far, she’s not a big fan. Not because of the foods it recommends, but rather because of all the good stuff she loves that it says she should not be eating. Why is it that everything we love is either fattening, illegal, or immoral?



Moving away from food for a moment (which is about as far away as I ever want to get from food), while it may be hard to believe it here in Florida where temperatures are in the upper 80s, winter is coming. My daughter Tiffany had snow at her place in Show Low, Arizona yesterday. Bundle up, kid, I think you’ll see a lot more of it before Spring.

Congratulations Steven Tiefel, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Big Lake Blizzard, the fourth book in my Big Lake mystery series. We had 74 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

Thought For The Day – I played hide and seek today. I was winning, too, until the cops let the K9 off its leash!

Oct 072018
 

Note: In the last week I have had three different people ask me about Tarpon Springs, the historic Greek fishing town on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Yes, we have been there several times, it’s one of our favorite places in Florida. Rather than answer the same questions again, here is a repost of a blog from a few years ago about a day trip we took to this charming seaside town.



Yesterday we took a day trip to Tarpon Springs, the Greek sponge fishing town made famous in the 1953 Robert Wagner movie Beneath The 12-Mile Reef. We first visited this interesting town on a trip to Florida several years ago and loved the waterfront area, with its little shops, great restaurants, and friendly people. We have wanted to get back ever since.

It was only 60 miles from the Escapees Sumter Oaks campground to Tarpon Springs, but it took us 90 minutes to get there because traffic was heavy most of the way. It had been overcast all day long, and started to rain a few miles from our destination, but it stopped by the time we arrived.

On our last visit, we were able to park on a side street near the waterfront, but this time around there were No Parking signs everywhere, and the parking lots cost $2 or $3, which isn’t bad for all day. But I still prefer free. I guess we could have parked further away from the waterfront and ridden the trolley, but we didn’t see it until we had made it half way down the street on foot.

The few short blocks of Dodecanese Boulevard are lined with shops where you can buy everything from souvenirs to trinkets, essential oils, custom made soaps, seashells, and clothing. Many of the shops have inventory on display on the sidewalk, giving the place a kind of bazaar atmosphere.

And sponges. There are sponges for sale everywhere you look, which I guess makes sense, since Tarpon Springs is the Sponge Capitol of the World.

We had a good time, stopping to check out many of the shops, and chatting with the clerks, who were all friendly.

And who can go to Tarpon Springs without a stop at one of the Greek bakeries and restaurants? We remembered Hellas Restaurant from our first visit, and especially their delicious pastries.

They have everything from mouth-watering baklava, to cheesecake, to cookies and pies. We each had a piece of chocolate dipped baklava that was so rich that it almost made your teeth ache.

Terry found a couple of shops with some spices she has been looking for, which made her happy. One place, The Spicemans Kitchen, even had a sea salt blend made with ghost chilies, which we were tempted to get for our buddy Greg White, who loves hot stuff; the hotter the better.



There were quite a few sponge boats lined up on the docks, many of them with sponges hung up to dry, or docked at the waterfront warehouses and repair shops, getting ready for their next day of work.

This statue honors the sponge fishermen who have been lost at sea over the years.

We returned to the campground worn out from a long day of sightseeing in one of our favorite places. We will definitely go back again!

If you want to know about other fun and interesting Florida destinations, get a copy of my book Overlooked Florida, available in both print and e-book format on Amazon.

Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Big Lake Blizzard, the fourth book in my Big Lake mystery 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 (first and last) 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.

Thought For The Day – Silence is golden. Unless you have kids. Then silence is suspicious.

Just Hanging

 Posted by at 12:51 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 062018
 

Yesterday was another busy day for us, even though we were just hanging out at home. And when I say hanging, I mean that in more ways than one.



I mentioned the other day that our friends Greg and Jan White are coming to visit, and somebody asked if they would be parking their motorhome at our house and staying in it, or if they are staying in our guest bedroom. Neither, actually. Greg and I are a little too old for sleepovers, and I think if we were to spend the night under the same roof, we would have to first post a surety bond and then file some kind of an environmental impact statement. You know how the bureaucrats love their red tape.

They are going to be staying at a campground in the Titusville/Mims area, about 25 miles from us, and we will get together several days while they’re in the area. Jan lived in Titusville and Greg was working a summer job there when they met many moons ago and they have some other friends here in Florida they want to touch base with, as well.

In anticipation of their arrival, I have been putting together a pile of stuff left over from our RVing days that I don’t use anymore and I’m going to try to get Greg to take with him when they leave. I’m not sure if he wants all of it, but one thing I do know he wanted was an extra Spartan motorhome hubcap. These things are huge, and I knew exactly where it was in the garage. Or at least I thought I did. As it turns out, I was wrong. I used to always wonder how we could lose things when we lived in a 320 square foot motorhome, but we did on a regular basis. So imagine what it’s like in house this big. After a couple of hours of searching, we finally found the hubcap in the storage loft above the garage floor, and I added it to Greg’s pile.

Now to the other kind of hanging that we were doing yesterday. I mentioned a while back that when we took our road trip up to the Cincinnati, Ohio area, I picked up a second antique wall phone, which has been sitting in the garage since we got home. And a while back I found two very neat old wooden type cases from the days of letterpress printing. We decided to hang them in the short hallway in the front part of the house.

We all know that Miss Terry is the handyman in our family, so she did all of the real work. My job was basically to stand around and look pretty, and hand her things when she needed them. Oh, and to hold the heavy phone against the wall while she mounted it in place.

Here are two views to give you an idea what they looked like when we were done hanging everything.

We are not sure what we are going to put in the type cases yet. I have a small collection of police badges that I occasionally add to, but most of the slots in the type cases are not big enough for that, and the way the cases are hung, the orientation wouldn’t work out very well either. But eventually we’ll figure something out.




I also sent out my free author’s newsletter yesterday. If you subscribe to the newsletter and didn’t get yours, check your spam folder. Because the email comes with an attachment, sometimes they end up there automatically, depending on your mail program’s settings. And if you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please send me your email address and I’ll add you to the list.

Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Big Lake Blizzard, the fourth book in my Big Lake mystery 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 (first and last) 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 – I just bought one of those real life sex dolls, and she’s so realistic that she just wants us to be friends.

Oct 052018
 

Before I do anything else, I want to wish my buddy Greg White happy birthday. Years ago Miss Terry read something that said more Americans were born on October 5th than any other day. I think that’s because they all just wanted to copycat Greg because he gets to hang out with me. But that may be my ego at work.



We were teaching for Life on Wheels when we first met Greg and his pretty wife Jan, who came as students. Because people seem to think we look alike just because we have white beards and are bald, they kept coming up to him between classes and giving him money for subscriptions to the Gypsy Journal. Nice guy that he is, Greg passed their addresses on to me. But I’m not sure I ever saw the money.

Since then we have traveled together, gotten into some mischief together, shared some adventures, Greg and Jan helped us at our Gypsy Journal RV rallies, and he has fixed everything in, on, and around my vehicles, never once grumbling out loud. It’s probably just as well that I can’t read his mind, though. Trust me, the few glimpses I’ve had inside the big guy’s head convinced me that nobody really wants to go there.

Happy birthday, my brother from another mother. We’re looking forward to seeing you guys in a few days.

Thank you to everybody who purchased my new book Strawberry Slugbug, to those who told their friends about it, and to those who shared links to the book’s page on Amazon. Thanks to all of you, it’s doing very well in terms of sales and it’s already received its first five-star review.

We kept busy yesterday getting a lot of little chores done around the house. The first order of business was to move the regular trailer for my pontoon boat from the big concrete parking apron in front of our house over to our little community storage yard. I wanted to get it there before now, but had to wait until they rearranged some things to make space available. It came with the boat, but I have only used it twice, once to bring the boat home from the dealer, and the second time was to put it in the water for the first time. When we brought it out of the water I put it on my other trailer, the scissor trailer, which cranks down low enough to allow us to put the boat in our garage. It sits too high on the original trailer to fit through the door.

Then I spent a couple of hours making some changes to the new book that managed to slip through the first three proofreaders somehow. I’m never sure how that happens, but it does, no matter how many sets of eyes read a book before I publish it. Just about every author I know says they have the same thing happen to their books. Personally, I think little gremlins invade my computer at night and make last-minute changes just to mess with my head.

When that task was finished I had a couple of little things I wanted to get done in the garage, including hanging a remote control for our roll-up garage screen door, cleaning the filter in the window air conditioner in the garage, and some other busywork.

While I was doing that, Miss Terry was busy painting one last section of wall in the kitchen that didn’t get done when she originally did the painting, because she ran out of paint and had to wait to get some more. This involved taking the doors off of several kitchen cabinets and then putting them back on when she was finished painting. It really looks nice.



By the time we wrapped everything up it was close to 7 PM and I didn’t think Terry would feel like cooking after everything she had been doing. So I ran down to the Joy Luck Chinese restaurant in the Publix shopping center and picked up takeout. This is the second time we have ordered food there and both times it has been delicious. Usually I can’t eat a full order of their fried rice, but I must have been extra hungry this time around because I had no problem polishing it off.

Today we’ve got a few more little things we want to do here at home before Greg and Jan show up next week. Because we know once they get to Florida it’s going to be playtime and we won’t get much accomplished. Well, we will get a lot of playing accomplished. That’s something, right?

Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Big Lake Blizzard, the fourth book in my Big Lake mystery 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 (first and last) 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 – My wife accused me of being immature, so I told her to get out of my blanket fort.