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Habit Forming

 Posted by at 12:52 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 272017
 

My daughter-in-law, Geli, says that if you do something 24 days in a row it becomes a habit, and if you do it for 40 days it becomes a lifestyle. I have heard that before, and I’ve also heard it’s a myth. I’m not sure which is true, but if the 24 day thing has any validity to it, I’m close to forming a habit. And unlike most of my habits, this is actually a good one.



I shared with you a while back that in an effort to lose weight, I’ve cut out almost all of my junk food intake and I started using a NordicTrack treadmill. As I said then, starting out at the slowest pace, about ten minutes was all I could do before getting winded, but within a couple of days I was able to up the speed a bit and do 20 minutes twice a day, and from there I started doing two half-mile sessions a day, gradually working up the speed.

For the last four days I’ve been doing a one-mile session in the morning at a fast walk, and either a half mile or another full mile in the evening before I get ready for bed. And the crazy thing is, I’m actually beginning to enjoy it! I put my iPod on, play some Jimmy Buffett or Billy Joel, and away I go. And while it’s just a drop in the bucket, I have lost 12 pounds in the last two weeks. Of course, I really need to lose about 10 times that much, but what the heck, it’s a start.

I’ve been busy laying out the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, and so far I have 25 of 44 pages done. So things are coming together right on schedule. Terry spent much of yesterday getting files organized on her old iMac and copying them to Dropbox in preparation for setting up her new HP laptop. The iMac has turned in such a clunker that it’s really frustrating her trying to get it to work long enough to retrieve the files. Fortunately, the biggest majority of them are also backed up to an external hard drive, which will make things a little easier.



It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Slow Falling, book six in my friend George Weir’s excellent Bill Travis 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 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 – These days my wild oats are mostly enjoyed with prunes and all-bran.

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A Daytona Day

 Posted by at 1:21 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 262017
 

Most of my time lately has been spent working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal so I can get it sent out to our subscribers on time. But I had to put that aside yesterday for a Daytona day. I had a follow-up appointment at the VA Medical Center in Daytona Beach, and […]

Log House

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 252017
 

Note: This story appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of the Gypsy Journal. Who hasn’t dreamed of living in a rustic log cabin perched on the shore of a clear, cold mountain lake at one time or another? It sounds almost as much fun as living in an RV, doesn’t it? While touring St. Augustine, […]

I Hope That’s Over

 Posted by at 1:21 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 242017
 

When I logged onto my computer yesterday morning I was greeted by three messages from readers who also read my buddy Greg White’s daily blog, Our RV Adventures, wanting to know if Greg was okay because they could not access his blog. Two of them just said there was no blog, while the third said […]

It’s Not Hay Fever

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 232017
 

A lot of people in Florida are walking around with red, burning eyes, and I think the stock in the company that makes Kleenex has gone up dramatically. But it’s not hay fever or some other seasonal allergy, it’s because of smoke. There are currently more than 100 wildfires burning in the state, one just […]

Apr 222017
 

My father never had a music lesson in his life and he couldn’t read music, but he could play anything with keys or strings. And I don’t mean just pluck away and make noise, the man could really play. Hand him a fiddle (Dad was never sophisticated enough to play a violin), a guitar, a […]

More Potpourri

 Posted by at 1:11 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 212017
 

Definition of potpourri – 1: a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent. 2: a miscellaneous collection. The second definition above pretty much describes today’s blog. Another collection of miscellaneous thoughts and info that I’ll share, because I really don’t have anything else to talk […]

Apr 202017
 

I have shared some of this information before, but after yesterday’s blog about summer RV trip planning I got quite a few emails and text messages from readers wanting to know how those free-spirited RVers I talked about found places to park overnight without planning ahead, so I thought we would talk about that today. […]

Apr 192017
 

With winter behind us and the busy travel season fast approaching, I know a lot of RVers are starting to think about where they are going to go this summer. So today I thought I would talk a little bit about RV trip planning. There are many ways to plan your RV travels. Some people […]

Sleep On It

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 182017
 

Before I do anything else today, I want to wish my granddaughter Destiny happy birthday. Grandpa and Grandma Terry miss you sweetheart, but we will be seeing you again soon. So save up lots of hugs and kisses for us. Thank you to the people who posted comments or sent emails in response to yesterday’s […]