Nick Russell

Apr 222019
 

Years ago there was an episode on the old Happy Days television sitcom where clean-cut boy next door Richie Cunningham was challenged to a fight by some hoodlum. Richie sought advice from Arthur Fonzarelli (the Fonz) about how to handle the situation, and the advice he got was not to show any fear or nervousness, to look the other guy in the eyes, and talk tough. Fonzie assured him that was all it would take to make his challenger back down.



At the appointed time they met in an alley and Richie followed the advice he had been given. The only problem was, it didn’t work. His opponent was not the least bit intimidated or unnerved. Richie asked for a moment, then went back to Fonzie, who was watching, and asked what he was doing wrong. That’s when Fonzie told him, “Oh, I forgot. For this to work, at least once in your life you actually have to have hit somebody.” I don’t remember how the whole thing worked out, but I do remember Richie telling him that was a big thing to forget to tell him about.

I bring this up because in the blog last week where I talked about getting my taxes done, I said that my accountant tells me that being an author and blogger gives me some advantage, because pretty much anything we do could fall under the heading of research or purchases to further my writing activities.

For example, when we took our trip to Arizona in February, I stopped at bookstores and other places along the way to drop off sample copies of my books and to gather stories for future blog post and ideas that I might include in my books. If I buy a new camera or we have dinner in a restaurant while we are away from home, it’s a business expense.

Ever since then I have received emails from people wanting to know how they can start a blog or start working on a book and write off all of their travel expenses. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. There are a gazillion blogs out there by RVers and other people that are a hobby or a travelogue, but not a business. For the IRS to accept deductions like that you actually have to do something to generate an income from your blogging or writing.

Merely writing in your blog that you went to Gatlinburg does not mean you can write the trip off. Just because you travel in an RV and have a blog does not mean you can write off the cost of the RV. Now, if you have ads on your blog that generate income, that’s another story. But you can’t throw a few affiliate links in your blog and maybe make ten or fifteen bucks a month and expect the IRS to consider you a business and allow you to write off $30,000 in expenses.

In the years we were fulltiming we ran into several people who had seen a website or gone to a seminar on how to write off all of their travels and believed it was true. They always got a rude awakening come tax time.

While it is true that a good accountant like mine can ferret out every possible legal deduction, somebody who just writes things off hoping you will not get caught is doing you a great disservice. The IRS is wise to schemes like that and it could cost you a lot of money and a lot of headaches if you get caught.



That’s not to say you shouldn’t pursue turning your blog or your writing into an income source. If you can, more power to you. But until you can generate enough income to satisfy the tax people that you are a serious business, don’t take any chances.

On the other hand, if you are fortunate enough to be in that position, find yourself a good accountant who really understands tax laws as they apply to artists and authors and knows how to advise you to get the most out of your expenses. If you can’t find somebody like that, let me know and I will refer you to mine.

Congratulations Ellen Clark, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Midnight Moonrising by Kristie Haigwood. We had 23 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon!

Thought For The Day – A long marriage is two people trying to dance a duet and two solos at the same time.

Apr 212019
 

I have been a gun guy and a history buff for all my life, and over the years I have owned more guns than I can count. My first gun was an old Stevens Favorite trapdoor single shot .22 rifle I got when I was about eight years old. I got my first handgun, a worn out old single-action .45 Colt revolver when I was about twelve years old. It was a very different world back then. And yes, I even own a couple of those nasty AR-15s that people in the media call assault rifles. But don’t worry, I just checked and they are still locked in my safe and have not assaulted anybody.



Since I got that first gun I have seen and fired literally thousands of different kinds of firearms in my time, from tiny .22 derringers to machineguns. Once, during my time as a firearms instructor at the US Military Academy at West Point, a buddy of mine and I wrangled an assignment to catalog all of the guns in the Army Museum.

That was probably the most fun I ever had in the Army. I got to play with a couple of handguns and a Thompson submachine gun owned by General Patton, a Walther .32 semiauto pistol that belonged to Adolf Hitler, a Colt .380 semiauto pistol that belonged to General Eisenhower during World War II, and even an old Colt single action cap and ball revolver carried by George Armstrong Custer during the Civil War.

We disassembled and inspected each gun, test fired it if it was safe to shoot, wrote an inventory number in yellow paint stick on the butt or grip, and an index card for each weapon. A few years ago Terry and I toured the Army Museum and some of the guns still have the catalog numbers I wrote on. I wrote about that in a blog post titled A Day At West Point.

So, it’s not often I see something firearms related that I have never seen or heard of. But recently I came across a unique bit of gun related history I never knew about before; Sweetheart Grips.



During World War II GIs, would use plexiglass from aircraft canopies to make grips for their .45 semiauto pistols and put their girlfriends’ pictures in them. I guess it was kind of like the Infantry’s version of the nose art on airplanes. How cool is that? In close to 50 years of hanging out at gun shops and gun shows, why have I never seen any of these? I found some reproductions on Amazon, but I would love to find an original set. You can learn more about Sweetheart Grips at this link.

Speaking of sweethearts, my cousin Beverly is a real sweetie, and for her birthday yesterday Terry had our dear friend Nancy Kissack make her this absolutely beautiful purple quilt, Beverly’s favorite color. Yeah, that Miss Terry and Nancy are sweeties, too!

Terry also made her a coconut cake for her birthday. Can you tell Beverly enjoyed her special day?

Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of Midnight Moonrising by Kristie Haigwood. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) 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 – I’m not saying your perfume is too strong. I’m just saying the canary was alive before you got here.

Apr 202019
 

I have been saying happy birthday to different women in my family all week here in the blog, and I told you that there were more to come. And sure enough, there are! Today we celebrate not just one birthday, but two of them.



My cousins Bernie (above) and Beverly (below) share the same birthday, although not the same birth year. These are two very special ladies in my life and I love them both very much. Happy birthday, girls.

Well, the big storm that we were expecting yesterday hit all around us, with everything from high winds and heavy rain to lightning strikes, and I believe a tornado also touched down somewhere in Central Florida. But as seems to happen more often than not, most of it missed us. We got a couple of brief downpours that didn’t last very long, some thunder and lightning, and some wind. But nothing to cause us any concern. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve braced for a big storm and seen it split and go north and south and miss us completely. I’m not complaining, mind you. That’s just fine with me.

I had hoped that by now I might have several chapters done in my next Big Lake book, but between running back and forth to doctors’ appointments for us and Beverly, spending time at the hospital with a friend, and dealing with a nasty cold, I haven’t gotten any writing done except for the daily blog. I hope to remedy that this weekend and get some real work done.

Speaking of our colds, several people have contacted me to say that they hope Terry and I are feeling better. I think I’m on the upswing from mine, but Terry is a day or so behind me and still feeling pretty nasty. I sure hope she gets better soon!

But even being sick doesn’t slow Miss Terry down one bit. In spite of how she felt, yesterday she still managed to make a delicious meal of homemade shredded beef tacos and refried beans. I swear, that girl is like the Energizer Bunny; no matter what happens she keeps going, and going, and going. And today she plans to make Beverly a coconut cake for her birthday! Honest to God, I don’t know where she gets her energy.



Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Midnight Moonrising by Kristie Haigwood. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) 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.

Thought For The Day – Never in the history of calming down has anybody ever calmed down by being told to calm down.

Stormy Weather

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 192019
 

The big storms that have been sweeping across the country causing problems for people from Texas to the Midwest are supposed to be here sometime this afternoon or evening, and the weatherman is predicting straight-line winds of up to 68 miles per hour, heavy rain, and the possibility of tornadoes.



We have a couple of appointments during the day, and I need to stop at the hospital to see a friend, but hopefully we can get home before it gets too bad. They say it’s a fast-moving system, so I guess all we can do is hunker down and wait it out.

In our years as fulltime RVers we kept a careful watch on the weather, but even so, sometimes you’re going to get hammered. We had close calls with tornados two or three times over the years, but never took a direct hit,

Years ago, when my son was not much more than a toddler, we lived in Minnesota when a bad tornado hit. His mom was at work, and Travis and I were outside when the sirens went off and I could see the funnel cloud coming at us. We had a big old farmhouse, and I scooped him up and we went into the basement. Those people you see on the news all the time are right, tornadoes really do sound like freight trains going past. When it was gone, we went back outside and I was amazed by what I saw. The house on one side of us was completely demolished, and the garage of the neighbor on the other side had been lifted off its foundation and moved several feet and set back down. But the coloring book and crayons my son was playing with before the tornado hit were still right there on the picnic table and even opened to the same page he was coloring on. A couple of miles away, my brother-in-law’s boat had been lifted out of the lake behind his house and was sitting in his front yard, and the house across the street from him didn’t exist anymore.

That’s not the only experience Travis has had with tornadoes. He and his wife Geli live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which was devastated by a horrendous tornado back in 2011. Even today you can see abandoned homes that were destroyed by the terrible storm system that came through there.

Geli was on her way home from work when the tornado hit, and with roads blocked by debris, cell towers down, and power out throughout the area it was several hours before they could find each other.  Travis still has a hard time dealing with it when there are tornado warnings.

Miss Terry was born in Kansas and lived there a couple of times as a girl while her family followed her father around the country to different Air Force bases where he was stationed. She remembers going outside of her school once and seeing seven funnel clouds hanging in the air. Knowing what happened to Dorothy and that obnoxious little dog of hers from the movie, I’m just glad Terry made it out okay. But I wonder what kind of long-term effect it had on her psyche. After all, she did grow up to marry a munchkin!



Speaking of Kansas and the rest of Tornado Alley, the weather is not the only thing that you have to worry about there. As the sign says, apparently they have a very strange way of making visitors feel welcome.

Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Midnight Moonrising by Kristie Haigwood. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) 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.

Thought For The Day – True love is spending one day getting married and the rest of your life feeling glad you did.

Happy Birthday Destiny

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 182019
 

If it seems like all I am doing lately is wishing women happy birthday, it’s because a lot of ladies who are very important to me all have birthdays in the space of seven days. Sunday was daughter-in-law Geli’s birthday, Monday it was daughter Tiffany’s, and today is Destiny’s, our youngest granddaughter. And there are more to come!

Of Tiffany’s two girls, I think Destiny takes after me the most, and her mom is never sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. She loves books, she can easily entertain herself, and she loves cuddling. Especially with her fat old grandpa. Obviously, this picture was taken a while ago, because since then Destiney has grown into a beautiful young lady and I’m a little less fat, but even older. Happy birthday Destiny. We love you.

In other news, Terry and I seem to be holding our own with our colds. I’m past the point where I just want to lie down and die, now I just want to lie down and sleep for about two weeks. We all know that women handle being sick much better than men do, and Miss Terry is definitely more stoic than I am. I have no problem whining and sniveling, but If I ask her how she’s feeling she says just fine. But she’s still got a very sore throat and is coughing.



Several people have asked me for information about the MCI bus that Terry and I converted and lived in for over eight years. At one time I had the story of the bus conversion project on the blog as a sidebar, but somewhere in the process of moving the website to new servers and things like that it got lost and I didn’t have a backup. I wish I could help you more, but it’s been many years ago and I don’t remember all the details of everything we did in the conversion process. I have several old hard drives that I salvaged when we upgraded computers over the years, and one of these days when I have time I will check them out and see if I can find any of the bus conversion info on them.

The one piece of advice I would give anybody thinking about converting a bus is to go with a newer four-stroke instead of the older two-stroke Detroit diesels like we had in ours. They are bulletproof and will run forever, but it’s getting harder and harder to find mechanics that will work on them, or even know how to.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Midnight Moonrising by Kristie Haigwood. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) 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.

Thought For The Day – I don’t like to think before I speak because I like to be just as surprised as everyone else by what comes out of my mouth.

Apr 172019
 

I think that while a lot of people don’t care for bugs in general, most of us like butterflies. And how can you not? I mean, they’re butterflies, right? They are colorful, graceful, and beautiful.

Butterflies are a class of insects called Lepidoptera, which means “scaled wings.” Many people confuse butterflies with moths, and though they are quite similar, there are basic differences between the two species. One of the easiest ways to determine between the two is when you see them. Most butterflies fly during the day, while moths usually fly at night. Because they attract mates through their coloring, butterflies are often more colorful than moths. Moths also have a thicker coding of scales than butterflies, which makes them look furry. And moths are more abundant than butterflies. While there are close to 250,000 species of moths, there are only about 20,000 different kinds of butterflies.



The largest known butterflies are the Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing, with a wingspan of up to one foot. They are found in the rain forest in northern Papua, New Guinea. At the other end of the scale is the Pigmy Blue butterfly, which are found in the United States and are just over a half inch across the wingspan.

Much like bees, butterflies play an important role in plant pollination. They sip nectar from flowers through their proboscis much like a person would with a straw. In the process, they pick up pollen on their legs, which is deposited on other plants as they continue to feed. In addition to nectar from plants, some butterfly species also feed on rotting fruit, carrion, and even animal excrement. They are also a source of food for larger animals including birds, spiders, lizards, and other insects.

In the wild, most butterflies have a lifespan from seven to ten days, assuming they are not eaten by predators. In captivity, they have been known to live for two to three weeks. Because they are very sensitive to changes in their environment, butterflies are good indicators of when Mother Nature is out of balance, either through natural changes or man-made problems. Scientists use them to study things like loss of habitat, climate change, and the impact of pesticides.

A good place to see some amazing butterflies and learn about them is at the Florida Museum’s Butterfly Rainforest, located just off of Interstate 75 in Gainesville. This amazing 6,400-square-foot screened living exhibit features hundreds of free-flying butterflies and birds from around the world, along with other animals including turtles and fish, all in a lush landscape of tropical trees and colorful flowering plants. The rainforest’s walking paths take visitors through a beautiful landscape of plants, flowers, and waterfalls. The exhibit features around 50 different species of butterflies and moths, with approximately 1,000 flying around at any given time.

As visitors explore the exhibit, skilled staff are on hand to answer questions and point out things about the different species of butterflies and their life cycles.

The butterflies in the exhibit come from butterfly firms around the world, and the plants and butterflies in the exhibit are changed on a regular basis. The butterflies in the exhibit typically live two to five weeks.

Located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, at 3215 Hull Road, the facility is handicapped accessible. A limited number of courtesy manual wheelchairs are available for free on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visitors can request a wheelchair at the Visitor Services Desk at the front entrance. The Florida Museum of Natural History allows the use of trained service animals by individuals with disabilities. Comfort animals, emotional support animals and pets are not permitted in the museum.

Operating hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 -5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.



Parking could be difficult for large vehicles, so you are advised to leave your RV at a local campground when you visit. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for Florida residents and college students, $12 for seniors, and $7 for ages 3-17. Open year-round, the museum is one of the country’s top five natural history museums. For more information, call 352-846-2000.

*Note – Some photos courtesy of the Florida Museum.

Thought For The Day – My wife and I both have bad colds. The difference is, she’s in the kitchen washing dishes and I’m in my recliner dying.

Apr 162019
 

As I have mentioned a couple of times, a friend of mine was in the hospital for several days and I stopped in to visit him every day. He is feeing much better and was released Sunday evening. And Sunday night, after bringing him home, I came down with a nasty cold that’s really kicking my butt. That will teach me to hang out in a place full of sick people! And last night Miss Terry started showing the same symptoms.



That being said, I didn’t do much yesterday except go to the post office to mail off my income tax return along with a check with more zeroes on it than were at Pearl Harbor, and to the bank to move some money around to make sure the check clears. I have been told that bouncing a check to Uncle Sam is considered a big no no.

Back at home, I spent most of the rest of the day moaning and sniveling. And sneezing and coughing. Must not forget that, because I was doing it in abundance. It’s been a couple of years since I have had a cold and now I remember why I try to avoid them. No fun at all.

I guess the only bright spot for the day was that I got my first review for Sweet Tea And Jesus, 5 stars and this comment: “O. M. G. There were some strange turns in this story that were TOTALLY unexpected. The story line get pretty raw in some places, but that just makes it more true to character. Nick: how did this story hide in your brain for so long?!? ” An author always appreciates reviews. They help other readers decide on the books they choose. And I especially appreciate nice reviews like this!



I’m sorry, my head is too fuzzy to write more so that’s about all I have for you today. But before I go, I wanted to share this sign that reader Phil Presnell sent me.

Thought For The Day – Some days I wish I had the wisdom of a 90 year old, the body of a 20 year old, and the energy of a 3 year old.

Another Birthday

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 152019
 

Yesterday I wished our daughter-in-law Geli happy birthday, and today it’s my daughter Tiffany’s turn. I don’t know where the years went, because it seems like only last week that I was strapping my brand-new daughter into a car seat in the back of my brand-new Lincoln Town Car to take her home from the hospital. And now she’s got teenage daughters of her own! Where does the time go?



Happy birthday, Tiffany. I love you very much and I am so very proud to be your father.

There was a gun show down in Titusville that I would have liked to have gone to yesterday, but there was just too much going on here and no way I could get away. There will be another one next month at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, and l will try to make that one.

After my morning routine of answering emails and approving entries in the current free drawing, followed by breakfast, I went to my accountant’s house to pick up our income tax forms. We spent some time going over them with her, talking about ways to find and use the many deductions she is able to ferret out from our annual expenses. Being an author and  blogger gives me some advantage, because pretty much anything we do could fall under the heading of research or purchases to further my writing activities. At first glance I thought I was going to have to sell a kidney, but by the time she got done the amount had dropped considerably. Her services are not cheap, but she’s never lost a case when the IRS contests any of her clients’ deductions.



Back at home I spent several hours figuring out the formatting problem with my author’s newsletter, and once I did, I finished putting it together and mailed it out to my subscribers. This one announces the publishing of my new book, Sweet Tea And Jesus, which is enjoying a lot of sales as well as page reads by people who subscribe to Kindle Unlimited.

With that out of the way, I went to the hospital to pick up a friend of ours who was being released after several days and played cab driver to get him home. At one time in my misspent youth I worked as a cab driver for a while, and he was a lot better than some of the fares I picked up. I could tell you some stories about that. Or maybe I’ll write a book about it instead.

Speaking of writing books, I will be starting on my next one, Big Lake Ninja, this week. I have missed the people in that quirky little mountain town and I’m looking forward to getting back there and checking in on them.

Congratulations Sheila Ann Legett, winner of our drawing for a Kindle Fire 7 tablet with Alexa, a 7 inch display, and 8 GB of memory. We had 316 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon!

Thought For The Day – I grew up living from paycheck to paycheck, but through hard work and perseverance I now live direct deposit to direct deposit.

 

Apr 142019
 

Even after 21 years together, Miss Terry still amazes me. There is absolutely nothing she cannot do when she sets her mind to it. If you need a cake baked, something put together or taken apart, a room painted, or a delicious meal of homemade Mexican food that tastes so good you can almost hear the mariachis singing, she’s your go to girl. Well, actually she’s my go to girl, and I’m damn proud of her.



And as it turns out, she’s a plumber, too! The shower head in our guest bathroom needed to be replaced, so yesterday while I was working on my author’s newsletter Terry tackled the project and had it done in no time at all. The dual showerheads in our master bathroom were mounted too high for short little people like us, causing us to stand on our tiptoes to change the settings or to remove the handheld wand from its holder. Fat clumsy guys like me shouldn’t be standing on their toes in wet shower stalls. So once Terry was done with the upstairs bathroom, she installed an extension arm for the heads in our shower, lowering them down to where they will be much easier for us to use. Yeah, I know, I’m a very lucky man.

I had hoped to have sent out my author’s newsletter yesterday, but I ran into some problems formatting it, so I hope to finish it today and get it sent out. If you would like to be on the mailing list, send me an email at editor@GypsyJournal.net. There is no cost and I never share your information with anyone else.

Besides finishing the newsletter, I have to go by our accountant’s place today and pick up our taxes. It’s nice to know that some congressmen will be able to afford a golfing outing on my tax dollars. I do what I can to make their lives easier.



And before I close, I want to wish happy birthday to a very special lady, our beautiful daughter-in-law, Geli. People always tell me that I won the lottery when I found Miss Terry, and there’s no doubt about that in my mind. But I’ll tell you something. My son Travis won the lottery when he found Geli, too. Not only is she beautiful, intelligent, and a hard worker, she came into his life when he was in a dark place and brought him out to the light. That is something that all of us will forever be grateful for. Happy birthday, Geli, we love you.

Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for a Kindle Fire 7 tablet with Alexa, a 7 inch display, and 8 GB of memory. If I could enter the contest myself, I would! To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) 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 – If you are over 40 it’s time to leave those young girls alone and get you a woman who understands the warning signs of a stroke.

Road Trip!

 Posted by at 1:03 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 132019
 

I bought my Mustang EcoBoost in late November, and as I said then, it’s strictly a toy, not my daily driver. As of yesterday morning it still only had 450 miles on the odometer. So I decided it was time for a road trip!



My friend Holli Marie Spaulding is in the process of opening up a bookstore/coffee shop in a strip shopping center in Green Cove Springs, about 110 miles north of us. Holli belongs to an online authors group that I am in, and though we had never met in person we have been online friends for quite some time. Several of the authors from our group are donating copies of their books to Holli so she will have a very good inventory when opening day comes on May 1.

On our trip to Arizona back in February, we stopped in Texas to visit with Billy Kring, author of the excellent Hunter Kinkade series about a Border Patrol officer who works the same West Texas region that Billy himself worked when he was with the Border Patrol. When we saw him in February, he gave me a box of books to take to Holli. Later on another good buddy of mine, Donna McNichol, who writes the popular Klondike mystery series about a small town in Pennsylvania, also gave me a box of her books for Holli. We loaded them along with two more boxes of books into the back into the Mustang yesterday morning and hit the road, headed north.

It was about a two-hour drive, and when we got to Holli’s shop, Present Tense, it was nice to finally meet in person. Of course I had to get a picture, because any time a pretty girl is willing to stand next to me without a can of Mace in her hand I want to record it for posterity.

Holli and her significant other, Shane, were very friendly and went out of their way to make us feel welcome. After checking out all the work going on in the store and offering her a couple of suggestions on ways to display her inventory, we went down the road a mile or two to a place called Smokehouse Barbecue. It wasn’t big and it wasn’t fancy, but the food was delicious and the portions were very generous. We had a good time eating and visiting, and I promised Holli that once the store is open we will come back again.

After lunch we parted company, them to return to the store to continue working, while Terry and I checked out an antique shop a few miles away that Holli recommended. We didn’t see anything there that demanded we take it home with us, so after browsing for a while we were back on the road.

I really like driving the Mustang because it’s fast and sporty. It’s also as comfortable as Terry’s Chrysler Pacifica, if not more so. There was quite a bit of traffic headed back south, but we managed to thread our way through it all and got back home after a stop at Walmart to pick up a couple of things and at the hospital to see a friend of ours. By the time I pulled the Mustang into the garage the odometer was at 667 miles, and I’m still on my second tank of gas since I bought the car. I can definitely see some more road trips in it in the future.



Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? So far more than 230 blog readers have. That doesn’t surprise me, because this week’s prize is a Kindle Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa, a 7? display, and 8 GB of memory. If I could enter the contest myself, I would! To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) 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.

Thought For The Day – I’ve reached the age where my train of thought often leaves the station without me.