Nick’s Blog

RV Fuel Prices

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 202014
 

I don’t think any of us are sorry to see fuel prices getting lower and lower these days. Gasoline here in the Orlando area is averaging about $2.45 a gallon and we saw diesel for $3.11 the other day. I wouldn’t complain a bit if they stabilized right where they are for the next decade or two.

A while back I was looking at some notes from our first year on the road, back in 1999, when we saw gas prices go up from 99¢ a gallon to $1.07 and wondered how long we could enjoy our new fulltime lifestyle if they continued to climb like that. In my mind back then, at $1.25 a gallon we’d have to do some serious thinking about our future as fulltime RVers. Yeah, those were the good old days for sure. Since then we’ve paid almost $5 a gallon a time or two. Those were the not so good days.

Yesterday Jim McManus sent me this gas tax map from an Exxon-Mobile blog last February, showing combined local, state and federal tax rates in each state. As you can see, where you purchase fuel can have a big impact on the cost. That’s why websites like Gas Buddy and Diesel Boss are so important to RVers. Sometimes waiting until you cross a state border to refuel can save you $20 or more on a tank full.

For example, according to this map, the difference in taxes between Florida and Alabama is about 15¢ a gallon. Guess where we’ll be filling up when we leave here in late January?

Gas tax map

Yesterday was a good writing day. Except for a couple of potty breaks and dinner, I pretty much never left my desk, and by the end of the day I had done 5,302 words in my next Big Lake mystery.

While I was busy with all of that, Miss Terry was busy planning her next weaving project. She had a bunch of patterns laid out on her desk and cones of yarn on the bed. I’m not sure what this one’s going to be, but I know that whatever it is, it’s going to be beautiful. They always are.

Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of Crazy Days in Big Lake, the third book in my Big Lake mystery series. Here’s a five star review the book just received from Sue Blumenfeld, “I really tried hard to pay attention to the details so I wouldn’t be surprised in the end. Once again, Nick Russell had me fooled with a surprise ending. This series is very easy to read and even easier to get addicted to.” 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 Sunday evening.

Crazy Days test final

Thought For The Day – Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.

Check Out Nick’s E-Books In Our E-Book Store

Click Here For Back Issues Of The Gypsy Journal

Click Here To Subscribe To The Gypsy Journal

I Broke My Own Rule

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 192014
 

Yesterday afternoon I broke my own self-imposed rule not to enter a big box store between Thanksgiving and the middle of January. To me, nothing spoils the Christmas spirit like fighting for a parking space so I can go into a store and fight a crowd of people to find stuff I really don’t need, [...]

It’s Official

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 182014
 

When I was a teenager a friend told me that I was never a kid, that I was born old. Looking back, he may have been right because many of my friends were adults even back then. (As opposed to now, when so many of my friends seem to be in their second childhood. ) [...]

Back At It

 Posted by at 12:01 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 172014
 

After a month away from it between being sick, replacing the refrigerator, and then putting the new issue of the Gypsy Journal together, I finally got back to my new book yesterday and managed to knock out close to 2,500 words. Things are moving right along and it feels good to be back in Big [...]

Dec 162014
 

Did I ever tell you that I’m married to the most beautiful, talented, and wonderful woman in the world? Yes, I’m a very lucky man. But I’m not the only lucky person around. Look at this beautiful shawl that Miss Terry just finished. This wasn’t as complicated as some of the patterns Terry has created, [...]

That’s 94!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 152014
 

Much of the last week has been spent getting the new issue of the Gypsy Journal ready to go to press. I finished it yesterday afternoon and then Terry spent several hours proofing it before I uploaded it to our printer’s web server. It always feels good to get another issue behind us. This is [...]

Change Is A Constant

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

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus got it right when he said, “Change is the only constant in life.” And nobody knows that better than RVers. Everywhere we go there are new places to explore, new people to meet, and new foods to discover. Even chain stores are different from one place to another. For example, some [...]

Seat Heat

 Posted by at 12:13 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 132014
 

We were here at the Orlando Thousand Trails preserve a few yeas ago when we bought our Ford Explorer. It came with every option available the year it was built, and driving back to the campground I was playing with all the buttons and gizmos to see what they did. After I while I realized [...]

Samsung’s First Trip

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 122014
 

With our month at Pleasant Lake RV Resort in Bradenton finished, yesterday it was time to hit the road. We were up by 7:30 and puttered around the motorhome for a little bit before getting things ready to go. Whenever we’re going to be traveling, Terry puts the passenger and driver’s seats in the proper [...]

Dec 112014
 

I’m not sure how it happens, but it does. We can arrive at a campground and Miss Terry can back me into our RV site on the first try and it goes smooth as silk… if nobody is there to see it. But let there be half a dozen people standing around watching, and it [...]