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It’s A Wet Heat

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
May 262016
 

We lived in the White Mountains of northern Arizona before we hit the road as fulltime RVers but before that Terry and I both lived in the desert. Desert rats will tell you that, sure it’s 120°, but it’s a dry heat due to the low humidity. My response has always been that it’s dry inside of an oven, too, but I don’t want to live there!



Here in Florida, it’s just the opposite. It’s a wet heat. The temperature has been in the mid to upper 80s, with humidity in the 70% range. And as the summer goes on it will get both warmer and more humid. But the interesting thing to us is that so far it’s really not been bad. A couple of hours during midday it’s pretty warm, but this close to the ocean (our campground is probably two or three miles from the beach) there’s always a breeze that keeps it comfortable.

The other day we were down on the Sunglow Fishing Pier watching the guys wetting their lines, and according to the weather app on my Samsung smart phone it was 85°. But the breeze kept it very nice.

Guys on pier small

However, if you get very far inland, even fifteen miles or so, there is a noticeable difference. So I guess the moral to this story is, if you’re going to live in Florida, live by the beach.



We’ve done a lot of looking around this winter, searching for a forever home if we ever hang up the keys, and we’ve pretty much narrowed it down to the stretch of Atlantic coast between New Smyrna Beach and Saint Augustine. In fact, we thought we found “the place” in Edgewater this week, but closer inspection revealed that it’s probably not right for us. And that’s okay, we are in no hurry, we’re just looking toward the future.

Last week, I wrote about a local business called Terry’s Jewelry Repair & Design that fixed Miss Terry’s broken necklace while we waited. Last year she lost the stone from an antique opal ring I bought her and was really upset. While we were in Nevada we found a shop that could replace it with a different stone, which had a small chip in it, but at least she could wear the ring. Months later she actually found the original stone so Tuesday we went back to the jewelry shop and asked what it would cost to get the replacement stone removed and the original one put back in.

The owner said it would take about three days, so we left it with him. Yesterday they called to say the ring was ready to pick up, and he did an excellent job on it. Besides removing the opal that was in it and resetting the original stone, he cleaned the ring up so it looks like new. All that, and such fast turnaround, for just $15! Terry walked out of there with a big smile on her face.

Ring

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Sneak Thief, the fourth book in my friend Carol Ann Newsome’s excellent Dog Park 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.

Sneak Thief

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May 242016
 

Note: This is a repeat of a blog previously published. The internet can be a great tool for travel planning. Anytime we are visiting a new area, I spend some time online doing a bit of research and it’s amazing how many interesting places we find within an easy ride of our campground. Here are some […]

May 232016
 

Technology is a wonderful thing, especially if you’re an author. With a computer and an Internet connection I have access to information about anything in the world without ever leaving my home. All I’ve got to do is a quick Internet search and I can find out how to make buttermilk pancakes, how many people […]

May 222016
 

We needed to get out and have some fun yesterday, and boy did we get that accomplished, times two! We started the day with our usual routine of answering emails and checking a couple of our favorite blogs. Then we drove over to the Canaveral National Seashore in New Smyrna Beach. The place is a natural […]

May 212016
 

Yesterday was another rainy day but we didn’t mind because we didn’t have plans to do anything anyway. I was busy writing and got another 5,200 words done in my new book. I’m just a few words shy of 56,000 total and I’m hoping to wrap this one up and have it ready to go […]

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 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
May 202016
 

I couldn’t help but chuckle when friends who are on an RV trip to Alaska reported that Canadian inspectors at the border crossing found some undeclared booze they had hidden in their motorhome and confiscated it. Not because of their misadventure and the 4+ hours they spent getting their RV torn apart, but that anybody […]

May 192016
 

If you are history nuts like we are, what’s better than going to see a 275 year old fort? How about going to see a 275 year old fort and getting a free pontoon boat ride in the process? I love my job! The rain came down all night Tuesday night but yesterday dawned with […]

May 182016
 

I really shouldn’t be allowed to leave the house without adult supervision. It never ends well when I do. As I wrote in yesterday’s blog, I was meeting my friend author Stephen Arseneault for lunch yesterday. We had agreed to meet at Dustin’s Bar-B-Q, which is only a mile or two from the campground. I […]

May 172016
 

Terry and I love animals and always have. I’m partial to German shepherds and have been owned by several fine ones over the years. When we got together Terry had two dogs, an Australian Shepherd and a Siberian Husky, as well as several cats. When we hit the road we found new homes for all […]