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I Broke Florida

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 232014
 

I have a not undeserved reputation for bringing bad weather with me wherever I go. Did you ever see that old movie The Rainmaker? Burt Lancaster was conning drought-stricken farmers, promising to make it rain, a promise he could not deliver on. I don’t charge a penny, but I’m starting to think maybe I could do that gig in reverse, charging places who want good weather for me to to stay away.

A few years ago on the first day of one of our Gypsy Journal rallies in Yuma, Arizona, we got the town’s regular annual rainfall in one day. And I’ve done it other places, too. A lot of places. And now it looks like I broke Florida, too.

John Huggins insisted that the weather has been perfect here in Bradenton, with no rain since August. But the sky turned cloudy the day we got here at Pleasant Lake RV Resort, and it doesn’t look like it’s over yet. The forecast is calling for thunderstorms again today, and for the next four days. Seriously, I got to town and John and Kathy packed up their car and made a beeline for Maryland.

I hear folks all across the Sunshine State are taking up a collection now to get me to go to Texas for the winter. If I play this right, I may be able to pay my Winnebago off in a season or two.

Except for a persistent cough, I’m pretty much over the nasty cold that laid me low for a week, but now poor Miss Terry has it. When you live in the close quarters of an RV you share everything, good and bad. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving.

I’ve taken advantage of the last few days to get a lot of writing done, both on my next Big Lake book and the next issue of the Gypsy Journal. Terry started a new project on her loom a few days ago, but she’s been so out of it that she hasn’t been able to get much accomplished since then. Hopefully this thing will run its course soon and she’ll get to feeling better.

Today is your last chance to enter this week’s Free Drawing for an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small Ohio town in 1951. It’s narrated by Eric G. Dove, one of the best storytellers in the industry. Many people tell me this is my best book ever, and I have to admit that it’s my favorite. 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.

Thought For The Day – Sometimes the thoughts in my head get bored and go for a stroll out my mouth. This is never a good thing.

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Almost Overlooked

 Posted by at 12:33 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 222014
 

I’m always surprised at how many neat places get overlooked because they are in the shadow of more well-known attractions and visitors never hear about them. So today I thought I’d share some interesting stops you shouldn’t miss on your way to the big attraction down the road. Gettysburg – We have paid many visits [...]

Nov 212014
 

With Christmas coming our way, I thought today I’d share some ideas for inexpensive stocking stuffers every RVer can use. They’re great for gift exchanges, showing your appreciation for the guy in the next site who helped you with some repair around your rig, and even for friends living in sticks and bricks houses who [...]

Nov 202014
 

It was so cold here on Florida’s west coast yesterday that I saw a teenager with his pants pulled all the way up! I think our high was only about 62, and yes, I know that compared to the rest of the country, that’s a heat wave. But I’m not in the rest of the [...]

Good News, Bad News

 Posted by at 12:44 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 192014
 

Well, the good news is that I felt a lot better yesterday. So good that I managed to spend several hours working on my new Big Lake book. By the time I knocked off last night I’d written about 1,500 words. The bad news is that Terry is coughing and has a sore throat and [...]

Nov 182014
 

That’s been my routine for the last few days and I don’t see it ending anytime soon, based upon the way I feel. But believe me, I’m more than ready for it to be over. And worse, Miss Terry now has a scratchy throat and has sneezed a few times. I really hope she’s not [...]

You Named It What?

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 172014
 

Some of you have used our links to go to Amazon for your Christmas shopping and we really appreciate it. We get a small commission on every purchase you make, which helps keep us in diesel and pay our internet fees. I’ve been fighting a nasty cold for the last few days, so except for [...]

Holidays On The Road

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 162014
 

We are almost halfway through our fifteenth year of fulltime RVing which means that we have spent a lot of holidays on the road. Most of them really aren’t family events, except for the two coming up, Thanksgiving and Christmas. But for many RVers, they can be challenging. Of course it’s easy if your family [...]

One Night’s Sleep

 Posted by at 12:19 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 152014
 

Just one night’s sleep. That’s all I ask for. I think if I could get a solid six to eight hours of sleep I’d feel a whole lot better. The last two nights I’ve been up and down all night long, coughing and sneezing. I may drink a quart of Nyquil before I go to [...]

Not Much Accomplished

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 142014
 

I didn’t get much accomplished yesterday because the night before I started feeling crappy and by morning I felt like somebody had worked me over with a baseball bat. So except for running an errand with John Huggins it was pretty much a lost day. The one thing I did get accomplished was to go [...]