October Q&A

 Posted by at 12:13 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 062019
 

I’m back with more questions from blog readers about RVing, what’s happening in our lives since we hung up the keys, and all kinds of other things. While I try to answer all questions individually, I also share some here occasionally. Q. You said your daughter is flying in to visit you. As I recall […]

Feb 062018
 

In a recent conversation with somebody who was asking me for suggestions on places to spend the winter in his RV, I told him about some of the places in Florida we like. His immediate response was, “Oh, hell no! I don’t want to get eaten by an alligator!” I assured him that probably wasn’t […]

Warm Is Nice

 Posted by at 12:39 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 222018
 

After all the cold weather we had last week, it sure was nice to see temperatures warming back up into the upper 60s yesterday. We are supposed to see mid to upper 70s starting today. Warm is nice. I started out yesterday going through my e-mail, and I really have to say that there are […]

Thelma Gets Me

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 172017
 

We have had a cold snap here in central Florida. Wednesday the high was only 59° and it got down to 39° overnight, and yesterday it warmed all the way up to a high of 60° and overnight it dropped down to 40°. Now, compared to what the folks in the Midwest and New England […]

Shivering And Shaking

 Posted by at 12:34 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 092017
 

People who have not spent much time here during the winter may think that Florida is warm year-round, but that’s not necessarily so! We had a cold front come through this weekend, dropping temperatures down into the low 50s during the daytime into the 30s at night, with a lot of wind accompanying it. Of […]

10 Q&A

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 152016
 

I get a lot of questions from Gypsy Journal subscribers and blog readers, and while I try to answer all of them individually, occasionally I like to share some with the folks here, usually because they are ones I receive more than once from different people. Q. Now that you and Terry have bought a […]

More Snowbird Options

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 022016
 

Based upon the comments I got both here in the blog and by email in response to yesterday’s blog, You Must Plan Ahead, it’s obvious that there is a lot of interest in being able to spend the winter in places like Arizona and Florida, and also obvious that there are a lot of people […]

You Must Plan Ahead

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 012016
 

Apparently some folks don’t understand my twisted sense of humor. So just to clear the air, no, I did not change my car’s horn to gunshots as I said in yesterday’s thought for the day. Four different people posted blog comments or sent me e-mails to say that was scary or dangerous and I might […]

Nov 272016
 

When we first started spending our winters in Florida, even before we bought our house, people kept telling us about how bad this region was for hurricanes and asking us if we weren’t afraid of getting caught in one. No, not at all. In our 17+ years of fulltime RVing we dealt with tornadoes, wildfires, […]

I Have Found Me A Home

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 182016
 

The title of this blog is also the title of my favorite Jimmy Buffett song, which he wrote after his first visit to Key West, Florida. If you have never listened to it before, check it out at this YouTube link. Miss Terry and I can relate to that song today. As most of you […]

It Got Here Eventually

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 272016
 

When we had dinner with Charles and Chris Yust Friday evening we had discussed going to New Smyrna Beach yesterday. They have not been there, and there were three or four properties that we wanted to look at. So we were up early yesterday morning but the weather didn’t look too good. I messaged a […]

A Cooling Trend

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 192016
 

It’s been in the mid-80s here in central Florida for the last couple of weeks, which the weatherman has been calling unseasonably warm. But a cold front is supposed to be coming in this weekend and they are predicting temperatures to fall into the mid-to-upper 70s by the first of the week. That will be […]

Close, But No Cigar

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 052016
 

As I’ve said here previously, we are looking for a place to buy to use as a winter nesting spot, and maybe a fulltime home if and when we ever have to hang up the keys due to health issues or something like that. We have certain criteria that we will not compromise on, and […]

Dec 032015
 

We lived in Arizona many years before we started fulltiming, and though a lot of people love it, especially in the wintertime, we’d much rather be in Florida. I’ll take beaches and mosquitoes over desert and scorpions any day of the week. Some people like the low humidity here in the desert, but with that […]

Gypsy Journal FAQs

 Posted by at 12:57 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 252015
 

Five years ago I wrote a blog on frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Gypsy Journal. We get some questions over and over about how we produce the paper, and why we do things the way we do. So I thought I’d update it and give it another shot. Here are some of our most […]

$3,600

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 032015
 

I got an e-mail yesterday that brought a tear to my eye, though it’s a story we have heard over and over. The woman who wrote it said that she and her husband planned to start fulltiming three years ago when they both turned 62, but somebody convinced them that they really needed to continue […]

A Soggy Day

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 262014
 

It started raining hard in the wee hours of the morning yesterday and never stopped for more than a few minutes all day long. Many areas in central Florida were under flood watches, there were a few tornado warnings, and many areas got as much as seven inches of rain! Yes, SEVEN inches! That’s a […]

Nov 202014
 

It was so cold here on Florida’s west coast yesterday that I saw a teenager with his pants pulled all the way up! I think our high was only about 62, and yes, I know that compared to the rest of the country, that’s a heat wave. But I’m not in the rest of the […]

Good News, Bad News

 Posted by at 12:44 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 192014
 

Well, the good news is that I felt a lot better yesterday. So good that I managed to spend several hours working on my new Big Lake book. By the time I knocked off last night I’d written about 1,500 words. The bad news is that Terry is coughing and has a sore throat and […]

A Stay At Home Day

 Posted by at 12:53 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 092014
 

Playing tourist is fun on vacation, but when you do it every day it’s hard work. We’ve been on the go since we got to Titusville and even before that, and we were getting tired. So yesterday we had a stay at home day. But that didn’t mean it was a do nothing day; we […]