My new book, Big Lake Tragedy, has been through two proofreaders now, with one more to go. So it won’t be long now, folks! I don’t know about you, but I’m getting excited.
Since we have been pretty much confined to the house while I was working on the new book, we decided to take a day off yesterday. So we drove to Deland, a nice little town about 25 miles west of us. Deland is the home of Stetson University and the downtown area has a lot of neat little shops, boutiques, and restaurants. Among them were half a dozen antique shops we wanted to visit.
We know we’re getting old because every time we go into an antique shop, one or the other of us, and often both of us, will say, “I remember those from when I was a kid!” Or even worse, “I had one of those when I first got married!” Yeah, we’re old farts.
We were not looking for anything specific, mostly just killing time and enjoying having a day together. But in one shop I spotted these two weaving shuttles. Miss Terry is always on the lookout for things like that, so I showed them to her. They were beautiful, and priced right, too, so they came home with us.
These things are big, about 16 inches long, and heavy. They don’t have the pirns in them right now, which are the spools (also called weaver’s bobbins) that hold the yarn, but here’s a picture of another one of Terry’s shuttles with a pirn in it to give you an idea.
To be honest, most of the antique shops there didn’t do much for us, but we did find one called River City Antique Mall that was really cool. There were three floors of goodies to admire, including two or three things that I thought would look good in my office. But I was a good boy and resisted.
It was hot in Deland, 93°, and on the streets and sidewalks it seemed even worse. So when we left there, we drove back to New Smyrna Beach to see what it was like on the beach. There’s usually a nice breeze coming off the water, which makes it a lot more tolerable. And of course, the girls in their skimpy bikinis help to take my mind off the heat.
I spent a little over an hour trying to see what I could find with my Garrett AT Pro metal detector. I’d like to say that I came home with a pocket full of diamond rings and gold doubloons but the truth is, I wasn’t even doing very good on junk. I found a few pull tabs and bottle caps, but that was about it.
Well, except for this beauty. It’s a token from the Grand Prix Race-O-Rama Arcade in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. From a quick Google search, I was able to learn that the arcade opened in the mid-1970s and lasted about twenty years, going through three or four owners over the years. In its heyday it boasted a 1 1/2 mile go-kart track with 100 karts. The token shows some wear but, overall it’s in good shape. I was happy to find it.
While my new book won’t be out for a couple of days yet, the good news is that two of my author friends have free books on Amazon today. If you like reading great romance novels, download a copy of Mona Ingram’s A Forever Kind of Love. And if your taste runs more toward mysteries, George Wier’s The Lone Star Express, book 13 in his excellent Bill Travis mystery series, is free today only. Such a deal!
Several blog readers have asked where they can find pictures and information on the 2002 Winnebago Ultimate Advantage motorhome we are selling. I have set up a page for it, with lots of info and photos. You can access it here at this Motorhome For Sale link.
Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of Crazy Days In Big Lake, book 3 in my Big Lake mystery series. 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 this evening.
Thought For The Day – You don’t drown falling into a river, you drown staying in it.