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Apr 242014

We’ve had a wonderful time here at my daughter Tiffany’s place but it’s time to say goodbye. The road is calling and we must answer.

I’ve always said that the hardest part of the fulltime RV lifestyle is saying goodbye to the people we love. But the greatest part is that we get to come back again, and again, and again. And you can bet that we’re looking forward to getting back here next summer. By then we’ll really be ready for another granddaughter fix!

Hopefully the high winds that were here yesterday and are predicted again for tomorrow will give us the break the weatherman promised for our trip today. We plan to take U.S. Highway 60 east into New Mexico and at Socorro we’ll jump onto Interstate 25 for about 42 miles before US 60 splits off to the east again, and get back on the two lane road. I’m shooting for Fort Sumner, which is 380 miles.

Several people have invited us to stop for a visit as we pass through their area and while we appreciate it, we won’t have the time. We have to be in Elkhart, Indiana next week, which is about 1700 miles, so we’ll be in what I call “get there mode.” Just racking up the miles and not playing tourist along the way. I know that’s not the way most RVers prefer to travel, but for working RVers like us it’s just part of the job. Compared to some of our friends who are vendors working the RV rally circuit, this isn’t any big deal. Back when we taught at Life on Wheels, 500 mile days were not unusual for us. I’m glad we’re not doing that any more!

A few days ago I shared that a representative from Thomas & Mercer, Amazon’s imprint for mysteries and thrillers, had made me an offer for the rights to Dog’s Run, my latest mystery novel. A few readers have asked me if I accepted it, and at this point we don’t have an agreement. Their first offer was either a lowball effort or they think I was born yesterday. I told them thanks, but no thanks, and they may or may not up the ante. The ball’s in their court. Somebody made the comment that it must be quite an ego boost to have Amazon courting me, and I said that the real ego boost is having them court me and being in a place in my writing career to say no.

Speaking of books, in less than the first 24 hours, 125 blog readers have entered this week’s Free Drawing for an audiobook of Big Lake Blizzard, the fourth book in my Big Lake mystery series, set right here in the beautiful White Mountains of Arizona. All you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link 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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Apr 232014

Yesterday I wrote about how much we love the fulltime RV lifestyle, but it’s not for everybody and we have seen a lot of fulltimers come and go over the years. Some dropped out because once they were out on the road away from family and friends they realized that it just wasn’t for them, [...]

Almost Done

 Posted by at 2:58 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 222014

I’m almost done with the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, and as soon as Miss Terry gives me her recipe column I’ll be ready to print it out for her to proofread. Then I’ll ship it off to our printer sometime this evening and they’ll check it out one more time. I’m always glad [...]

All Work And No Play

 Posted by at 4:03 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 212014

I lost a lot of time while we were with our friends Jim and Shar during her last days, so I’m behind schedule on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal. So the last few days I’ve been pretty much chained to my desk, making up for lost time. But you know what they say [...]

Lost River Cave

 Posted by at 3:03 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 202014

Since I have been spending most of my time working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, I have dusted off a story from our July-August, 2004 issue. But first I want to wish happy birthday to two very special ladies, my cousins Beverly McKiddy and Berni Frees. I hope you both have a [...]

Apr 192014

Yesterday started with the grandkids swarming in to give us hugs and kisses. Can you think of a better way to start the day? I sure can’t! I’ve been working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, which has been a slow process because the kids love hanging out with us, and it’s hard [...]

Apr 182014

We have another birthday to celebrate this week. Granddaughter Destiny turns seven today. I know I used this picture just a few days ago, but it’s my favorite one of her. I just love that expression on her face. She’s always coming up with something to say that blows me away. Several people have asked [...]

Pony Pedicure

 Posted by at 3:03 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 172014

A little after eight yesterday morning a farrier came over to trim the horses hooves, and even though it was at least two hours before my normal wakeup time, I was out of bed and ready to watch. I mean, how many times do you get the opportunity to see a pony pedicure? We have [...]

Never Enough Hours

 Posted by at 3:01 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 162014

It seems like there are never enough hours in a day to accomplish everything I want to do. Yesterday was a good example. We started the day visiting with Tiffany, who comes out to the motorhome every morning for coffee with Terry. It was Tiffany’s birthday, so I had to tease her about getting older, [...]

Apr 152014

I want to start the day by wishing my daughter Tiffany happy birthday. Wow, was it really 32 years ago I first held that beautiful little girl? Where did the years go? Today she’s a grown lady with kids of her own. But you know what? Dad still loves holding her. Tiffany, I love you [...]