Who said Arizona was in the Sunbelt, a place where retirees and snowbirds could while away the winter months in warm comfort? Whoever they were, they lied!
It’s been a cold, wet, windy weekend here at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson and I’m freezing! I think if I started driving right now and kept the pedal to the metal I could be in the Florida Keys by Wednesday night. And believe me, I’m tempted!
I’ve spent the last two days holed up inside writing. I got a couple of stories done for the next issue of the Gypsy Journal, posted a Bad Nick blog that got people fired up, and did some work on my next Big Lake mystery. Miss Terry made me some more chocolate chip cookies and I think I can hold out until the weather clears. But cabin fever is really setting in. I’ll be glad to get out and breathe some fresh air.
Terry was busy setting her loom up for a new weaving project, this one is going to be a scarf for one of our granddaughters. She’s got two more to go after this one. I know some little girls who are going to be warm this Christmas!
Apparently I wasn’t the only person stuck inside, because I got an unusually large number of e-mails yesterday, and even after deleting all of the forwards without opening them, I still had quite a few to answer. Besides people asking for my opinion on solar panels (an expensive supplement to a generator at best), about trying to make a living on the road with a multi-level marketing scheme they wanted me to get involved in (no thanks), and one from a couple who say they can’t live comfortably in their paid off RV with a $3,700 monthly income (I sure could), there was one that really made me sad because it’s a story I’ve heard many times over the years. It was from a lady who had been a student at two Life on Wheels sessions, telling me that she and her husband had postponed their plan to go fulltiming three times due to family problems, and now that all of that had been resolved, they were just about ready to hit the road when he had a massive stroke and now they will never get to live their dream. I am so glad that Terry and I took the plunge in our mid-40s, even though a lot of folks thought we were crazy. It wasn’t always easy, but neither of us would trade one minute of it for anything in the world.
At our last Gypsy Journal rally in Yuma, Judy Howard gave me a copy of her book COAST TO COAST WITH A CAT AND A GHOST and I started to read it, but for some reason I never got around to finishing it. I guess the rally was going on and it got put aside. The other day I downloaded it to my Kindle and just finished it. What a wonderful story! Do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy today.
Speaking of books, and I always seem to be, this is your last chance to enter this week’s Free Drawing for an audiobook of Big Lake, the first book in my Big Lake mystery series. All you have to do is click this Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section below. Only one entry per person per drawing please! The winner will be chosen at random this evening.
Thought For The Day – If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a worldwide shortage of fishing poles.