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And The Madness Begins

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 272015

It’s Black Friday, let the madness begin! This is the official start of the Christmas shopping season, and my official boycott of all big box stores until all of the nonsense is over. Until January 1st I do everything I can to avoid the crowds and insanity driven by American consumerism. It has nothing to do with the true meaning of the holiday season, it’s all about mega-profits for mega-companies.

We had a quiet Thanksgiving at home. I tried to get some writing done, napped on the couch, and watched TV while Terry was making a delicious dinner that I’m afraid I just could not do justice to.

One side effect of my recent medical issues is that I have no appetite at all. In fact, I’ve lost 20 pounds since I got out of the hospital ten days ago. If I had known it was this easy to lose weight I’d have gotten sick a long time ago! Hopefully my appointment at the VA hospital today will give us some information on what’s going on and life can get back to normal.

It needs to get back to normal because I’ve got a lot of work to do and I’m behind schedule. I had hoped to have my new book, Black Friday, out by now, and I have several chapters of the audiobook of Big Lake Burning waiting to be reviewed. And it’s time to start working on the next issue of the Gypsy Journal. If I don’t start earning my keep, Miss Terry may kick me to the curb. And who could blame her?

Last year this blog got over 770,000 visitors. While the biggest majority of readers are RVers or wannabe RVers, I also have a surprising number of regular readers who are armchair travelers, fans of my Big Lake mystery series, or who just seem to enjoy my daily prattle.

I get a lot of e-mails from people who want to start an RV blog, asking me how much money they can make with one. If you plan to start blogging to make money, you’re doing it for the wrong reasons. Yes, this blog is an important part of our income stream and it does make a profit but trust me, there are a lot of easier ways to make a buck. My friend Nina Fussing of the popular Wheeling it blog recently published an excellent look at blogging titled The Darker Side of Blogging that any potential blogger should read before they take on a blog.

Over 140 people have already entered our latest Free Drawing, and I’m not surprised, because this week’s prize is an autographed copy of Terry’s excellent cookbook, Miss Terry’s Kitchen. 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.

Miss Terrys Kitchen

Thought For The Day – I’m not a procrastinator, I just prefer doing all of my work in a deadline-induced panic.

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We Made It To Tucson

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 262015

Before I get started today, I want to wish all of you Happy Thanksgiving. Whether you’re sharing the day with family back home or with friends in an RV park somewhere, I hope you have a wonderful day full of happiness and good food. We were up early yesterday morning, a habit that we really […]

Nov 252015

I had another rough night Monday night, so when we got out of bed at 7:30 yesterday morning I wasn’t ready to start the day. But we had to get some miles put behind us, so I only sniveled a little bit as I got dressed and we started getting ready to hit the road. […]

And Away We Go

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 242015

The first order of business yesterday morning was to call the VA hospital in Tucson to see when I can get in for a follow-up to my hospital stay here in Temecula, California. It being a holiday week, I didn’t think they’d be able to do anything for me very quickly. But after I spoke […]

Not Doing Much

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 232015

Except for going up to the hot tub and soaking for a little bit most evenings, we have not been doing much. I have spent a lot of time just sitting on the couch reading, occasionally logging onto the Internet to check email or things on Facebook, and watching television. I really haven’t had much […]

Nov 222015

We’ve stayed at a lot of campgrounds in our 16+ years of fulltime RV travel, some really nice places and some not so nice. There are campgrounds that we return to on a regular basis, and others where one stop was more than enough. RVers often ask us what our favorite campgrounds are. Sometimes I […]

One Step At A Time

 Posted by at 12:01 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 212015

Yesterday was a better day than the day before, thanks in part to the Codeine I took, starting at midnight. It allowed me to get some sleep and took a lot of my back pain away. Except for checking email a couple of times and dealing with four or five that were pressing, visiting with […]

A Lot Of Pain

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 202015

Thanks to everybody who sent messages and blog posts saying you were glad I was out of the hospital. I’d like to say that I’m feeling better now that I’m home, but I’m actually worse as far as pain levels go. When I was discharged from the hospital in Temecula they would not give me […]