Happy New Year!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 012015
 

Well, another year is here – 365 opportunities to smile, to love, to hope, to dream, to make amazing discoveries, and to live. I hope you do something great with the days ahead. There’s much more to life than ballgames and reality shows on the boob tube. How did you spend New Years Eve? At […]

Winding Down

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 282014
 

The year is winding down and I still don’t know where the heck it went. It seems like it was just January a couple of weeks ago, and here we are with Christmas behind us and we’re closing in fast on New Years’ Eve. The same with our time here at the Orlando Thousand Trails […]

Dec 212014
 

No I wasn’t at Disney World, but I had the words to that old song running through my head yesterday. While we were having lunch with Don and Sharon Del Rosario the other day, we had a conversation about the small world encounters we all have from time to time. You know the ones I’m […]

Back At It

 Posted by at 12:01 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 172014
 

After a month away from it between being sick, replacing the refrigerator, and then putting the new issue of the Gypsy Journal together, I finally got back to my new book yesterday and managed to knock out close to 2,500 words. Things are moving right along and it feels good to be back in Big […]

Dec 162014
 

Did I ever tell you that I’m married to the most beautiful, talented, and wonderful woman in the world? Yes, I’m a very lucky man. But I’m not the only lucky person around. Look at this beautiful shawl that Miss Terry just finished. This wasn’t as complicated as some of the patterns Terry has created, […]

Seat Heat

 Posted by at 12:13 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 132014
 

We were here at the Orlando Thousand Trails preserve a few yeas ago when we bought our Ford Explorer. It came with every option available the year it was built, and driving back to the campground I was playing with all the buttons and gizmos to see what they did. After I while I realized […]

Samsung’s First Trip

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 122014
 

With our month at Pleasant Lake RV Resort in Bradenton finished, yesterday it was time to hit the road. We were up by 7:30 and puttered around the motorhome for a little bit before getting things ready to go. Whenever we’re going to be traveling, Terry puts the passenger and driver’s seats in the proper […]

Anchors Aweigh

 Posted by at 12:16 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 102014
 

With our new Samsung refrigerator installed, the final step was to anchor it so it would not move while we are on the road. An RV is subjected to earthquake forces every time you drive it, and the last thing you want is something as big as a refrigerator moving around, or the doors opening […]

Dec 092014
 

We had so many things we had hoped to do while we were here at Pleasant Lake RV Resort in Bradenton. We wanted to visit the Ringling Museum in Sarasota. We wanted to go to Myakka State Park for the airboat tour. We wanted to go to the beach and fly our kites. We wanted […]

Not Fun At All

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 022014
 

We were hoping that our Norcold refrigerator would struggle along for just a couple more days, but when we woke up yesterday morning the thermometer inside the refrigerator said it was 62 degrees, and Terry could smell ammonia. So much for that idea. So we spent the day emptying out the Norcold and hauling food […]

Holidays On The Road

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 162014
 

We are almost halfway through our fifteenth year of fulltime RVing which means that we have spent a lot of holidays on the road. Most of them really aren’t family events, except for the two coming up, Thanksgiving and Christmas. But for many RVers, they can be challenging. Of course it’s easy if your family […]

Too Windy To Play

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 022014
 

The weatherman was predicting colder temperatures and high winds yesterday and he sure didn’t lie! The wind started blowing hard in the wee hours of the morning and it never stopped all day long. Sustained winds were between 20 – 25 miles per hour, with gusts to 40, and I don’t think it got over […]

Plans And Strands

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 142014
 

Yesterday was a busy day for us though we never left the motorhome. Which was fine because it was a rainy day and not really good for playing tourist anyway. I worked on book projects most of the day and well into the evening. The first order of business was uploading Big Lake Scandal, my […]

Ruts And Graves

 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 072014
 

There is an old saying that the only difference between a rut and a grave is the length and depth. I think sometimes RVers need to remember that. Like all people, many of us tend to go the same places by the same routes year after year and lose sight of the very reason we […]

Looking Back At 2013

 Posted by at 2:22 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 312013
 

Where did the year go? They say that as we get older time goes faster, and I think that must be true, because it seems like 2013 flew past in a blur. Or maybe that was just because we have been so busy having fun exploring this great land of ours. We started the year […]

Rocking And Rolling

 Posted by at 3:03 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 292013
 

The wind was averaging 40 – 45 miles per hour yesterday here in the White Mountains of Arizona, and at midday two gusts were recorded at 60 miles per hour. We’re parked next to my daughter’s house and the back half of the Winnebago is sheltered by the building but we’re still feeling the effects. […]

TV Good, Internet Bad

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 092013
 

We were up bright and early yesterday morning because Dish Network was supposed to send a tech out to figure out why the reception on our bedroom TV was so fuzzy. We knew he would arrive sometime between 8 a.m. and noon, so we were up well before then to be ready for his arrival. […]

The Gang’s All Here

 Posted by at 12:11 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 292013
 

Well, okay not the whole gang, but a lot of our pals are here at the Orlando Thousand Trails preserve or are headed this way. Yesterday afternoon Jim and Chris Guld from Geeks on Tour arrived, and they came by to visit for a while during the evening. I always enjoy picking their brains, because […]

Moving Day

 Posted by at 1:05 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 232013
 

We moved around a lot when I was a kid and during my time in the Army, and later as a civilian I lived in a lot of places. I always hated moving. Not going someplace new and meeting new people all the time; that was exciting. But I dreaded the hassle of packing everything […]

Jan 202013
 

Well, I whined, sniveled, wheedled, cajoled and even begged, but Greg White was being stubborn and wouldn’t come to Florida to fix our Splendide washer/dryer combo. So yesterday it was time to pull the unit out of its cabinet and to try to figure out why it was leaking. RV manufacturers don’t make it easy […]