A Rude Awakening!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 082015
 

There’s nothing like waking up to a cold drop of water hitting you in the face. And then another. At first I thought Miss Terry had woken up early and was drooling over me, but no such luck. It’s been raining since Tuesday evening and we had a leak in the slide right above our […]

Why?

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 042015
 

I heard from somebody yesterday who was headed south in the middle of the bad storms that are chewing up the Carolinas. He said it was raining so hard that he could not see his friend’s motorhome, less than 100 feet ahead of him, but they were making good time in spite of the downpour. […]

Four Pages To Go

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 032015
 

I have spent most of the last week working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and only have four pages to go before I send it off to the printer Sunday. I was hoping to get it wrapped up yesterday, but something went haywire with the layout about 9:30 PM and I worked […]

Where Do You Live?

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 142015
 

I teach a 90 minute class at RV rallies on choosing a home base for fulltimers, and one thing I stress is that you have to cut ALL ties to your former state and establish new ones in your new state. This is important because more and more states are clamping down on residents who […]

Aug 232015
 

Terry and I want to thank everybody for their comments and e-mail input about the switch to an all digital Gypsy Journal. As expected, we had a few subscribers who were not happy with the decision, but after seeing our sample of the latest issue, several print subscribers said to switch them to digital now […]

The Time Has Come

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 222015
 

After months of discussion, exploring possible alternatives, debate, and heartache, we have come to the difficult decision to phase out the printed edition of the Gypsy Journal. As we have shared with our readers in the last few months, rising printing, and especially mailing, costs have reached the point that we are making less than […]

It’s Alive!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 202015
 

Not every day can be all fun and games. As much as we love kites and kite flying, we didn’t go to the kite festival yesterday. We had some other things on our agenda. Cleo Collette has been a Gypsy Journal subscriber for almost as long as we’ve been in business. She was a fulltime […]

Aug 122015
 

Yesterday was a day for meeting new friends we had previously only known online. That’s always a lot of fun. As I wrote in yesterday’s blog, we were meeting Nina Fussing and her husband Paul Novell of Wheeling it blog fame at The Lost Roo, here in Long Beach for lunch. They are a fun […]

Cold, Wet, And Nasty

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 092015
 

That about describes yesterday here at the Long Beach Thousand Trails preserve. We woke up to gray skies that never cleared up all day long, and while it didn’t rain hard, there was a heavy mist most of the day. It reminded me of the old saying that was popular when I lived here many […]

No Flying For Us

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 082015
 

You can sure tell it’s the weekend. The campground is full, dogs are barking everywhere, kids are running about, and I think I smelled a smoky fire, even though they are banned statewide because of dry conditions. Rules? No way, they can’t be for us! We would have loved to be out on the beach […]

Friendly Florence

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 262015
 

Yesterday we got the last of the new issue of the Gypsy Journal in the mail. It’s always good to get that chore behind us. And to get the load off of our hard working Ford Explorer. It can be a challenge to find enough stamps in the correct denominations, and quite often no post […]

Not A Clue

 Posted by at 12:12 am  Nick's Blog
May 092015
 

Before we started fulltiming I was into classic cars and had several. One was a beautiful customized 1958 Chevy pickup that had won trophies in a lot of car shows. I wanted to put new tires on it and took it to Big O and they told me it would be about three hours. So […]

Apr 132015
 

We haven’t stepped outside the motorhome for the last two days but we’ve sure been busy! I’ve been studying the calendar and making reservations for our summer travels. We usually don’t like to be tied up to a schedule if we can avoid it, but since we plan to be on the Oregon and Washington […]

A Milestone

 Posted by at 1:29 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 042015
 

I hit a milestone yesterday, 500 reviews of the original Big Lake book on Amazon, and it’s still going strong with a four star rating. Thank you to everybody who has read the book, posted reviews, and told their friends about it. You all have helped make my dreams come true. I’ve spent the last […]

Back To Tucson VA

 Posted by at 1:29 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 302015
 

We have to be up and out the door early today to make a 110 mile run back to the Tucson VA hospital for a couple more medical appointments this afternoon. Nothing serious, just routine stuff they didn’t have time to do when we were there a couple of weeks ago. It’s a lot quicker […]

Mar 082015
 

Yesterday was vendor set up day for the Escapade so we were up early (for us). Many of the vendors sell lots of different products and have elaborate booths but we’re pretty simple by comparison. A few books, a few bundles of sample issues of the Gypsy Journal, our sign, and we’re good to go. […]

Running Our Legs Off

 Posted by at 1:16 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 042015
 

Or our wheels, at least. We’ve been going pretty much non-stop since we got to Tucson, getting all of our annual medical appointments taken care of. Monday was Terry’s turn, and yesterday was mine. We arrived at the VA hospital a little after 9 a.m. and I didn’t have to wait long before they took […]

We Did It Again

 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 042015
 

Yesterday was another dreary, rainy day here at the Colorado River Thousand Trails preserve in Columbus, Texas. We didn’t want to leave our cozy bed and had to force ourselves to get up sometime after 10 a.m. So much for our commitment to getting up earlier in the day. When we finally did get in […]

We’re In Texas!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 292015
 

There’s an old saying that goes “the sun has rose, the sun has set, and we ain’t out of Texas yet.” But what the heck, we’re not in a big hurry to leave the Lone Star state so, it doesn’t matter. When we left West Monroe, Louisiana Tuesday morning we had an easy run west […]

Jan 092015
 

How cold was it Wednesday night? So cold that I saw one dog pushing another to get it started and the local politicians had their hands in their own pockets. It was down to 21 degrees overnight and still darned cold all day yesterday. I took advantage of the cold weather to stay at my […]