The weatherman had been predicting a cooling trend with heavy winds across Arizona yesterday and he sure didn’t lie! The breeze was stiff all morning, and about noon it really began to pick up. I was glad we didn’t have our big patio awning out!
The wind increased all afternoon and the news was reporting sustained winds of 35-40 miles per hour, with gusts up to 60. News footage warned of dust storms and showed pictures of eighteen wheelers blown over on their sides. I’m glad I wasn’t out on the highway in my motorhome! Nothing blew over here at Patio Gardens, but the palm trees were really bouncing around!
It was worse further north, where they not only had wind, but snow! I’m glad we haven’t gone up to Show Low to see my daughter and her family yet! This kid don’t do snow any more!
Terry left with her mom about 8 a.m. to pick up her dad at the Mayo Clinic hospital, but there was a delay and they didn’t get home until 5 p.m. Pete sure is glad to be home, and we’re glad to have him there!
I spent most of the day writing and got several articles done for the new issue of the Gypsy Journal. I need to learn some self-discipline. After every issue is done, I vow that I will write one or two stories a week for the next one so that there won’t be a big rush at deadline time, but I get busy with other projects and never get around to doing it.
I did take a few short breaks to check and respond to my e-mail and to listen to a few new audio book auditions. One e-mail was from a fellow genealogist who found me on Ancestry.com. A while back I submitted a DNA sample to Amazon and every so often I get updates saying somebody else has a match that could make us third or fourth cousins, and this fellow was one of them. It’s strange, I’ve had a couple of dozen folks contact me like this seeking family history information, which I am happy to supply. But I’ve only had one ever respond in kind with their info. Does this mean that once they get my stuff they decide I’m the black sheep of the family and want to avoid me?
Another e-mail was from a 62 year old blog reader and wannabe fulltimer who is faced with a dilemma. He said that between his retirement and Social Security, if he applies to start drawing it now, he and his wife can afford to begin fulltiming. But he is being urged to wait five years so the monthly payout will be larger. He also added that he has had two heart attacks, and though he isn’t currently having any problems, he isn’t sure what things will be like down the line. My advice to him was to take the money and run. None of us are promised tomorrow and I’ve known far too many people who waited to live their dreams and never lived long enough to follow them. That’s why we hit the road in our mid-40s. We’re not retired, and probably never will be, but we’re sure enjoying every day of our lives!
Thought For The Day – Nobody is responsible for your happiness but you.