Merry Christmas!

 Posted by at 5:20 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 252009

Merry Christmas! I appreciate you taking time from your holiday to read my blog today. If I could, may I also ask you to take a moment or two to remember the men and women who are serving in uniform, both here in the United States and abroad, to guarantee our freedom to live and worship as we choose, and all of those who have served in the past?

The bad weather we had hoped to avoid as we drove across southern Louisiana on Wednesday caught up with us in the early morning hours yesterday here in Lake Charles. We got lightning, wind, rain, and even some hail. We were very grateful we were parked safely off the highway.

Mark Didelot is another one of those guys I admire so much, because he can do anything, from replacing the starter on a diesel motorhome to reformatting a computer’s hard drive.

Of course, just because I admire somebody doesn’t mean I won’t exploit him every chance I get. When I casually mentioned yesterday that I couldn’t figure out how to install the fancy digital converter box we got a while back so that the two TVs in our motorhome would pick up local channels from our Winegard batwing antenna, Mark said that was easy, and immediately began taking things apart in the cabinets above the dashboard. I love it when a plan comes together!

TV out 2 webFor the next two or three hours he, with Miss Terry’s help, took out the TV, wired in an extension AC outlet, hooked up the digital converter box, and got the batwing antenna connected properly, and then put the entire thing back together. I did what I do best to contribute to the project, by sitting down and staying out of the way. As this picture shows, it is a mess of wires up there, and while it all looked like so much spaghetti to me, it was child’s play to Mark. Thanks buddy, I appreciate your help!

Mark and Sue lived inLake Charles before they became fulltime RVers and have family here, but since they didn’t have any plans for Christmas Eve, the four of us went to the buffet at the L’Auberge du Lac Casino. It was beyond wonderful! They had about ten different kinds of shrimp, two or three kinds of crab, prime rib, turkey, and a half dozen more entrees, along with all kinds of sides, and a desert bar that I gained three pounds just walking past! 

Today we plan to drive about 225 miles to the Thousand Trails preserve in Columbus, Texas. We’ll stay there until the new issue of the Gypsy Journal is ready to pick up and we get it mailed out.

Wherever you are, I hope you are having a very, very Merry Christmas!

Thought For The Day – Don’t miss out on a blessing, just because it isn’t packaged the way you expected.

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  20 Responses to “Merry Christmas!”

  1. Merry Christmas, Nick & Terry. Be careful driving today.

  2. Merry Christmas! Glad you are safe. Hope you miss this storm. You should be far enough south. But sounds like you might get the winds and they are horrible.

  3. Hi Nick and Terry

    We just got hit by the same storm today, but we hope it will calm down tomorrow for the holiday. We are safely parked at the St Bernard State Park, not so far from New Orleans.

    Enjoy your holiday,
    Merry Christmas and Happy new year

    Motty & Patti

  4. You got to have St Nick the night before Christmas ! LOL! Your storm is coming our way in Savannah. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Safe Travels!

  5. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to both you and Terry.
    Pat and Jim

  6. And we wish you safe driving on Christmas! Shouldn’t be too much traffic. When you get done being in Texas, remember us in Benson, exit 304 off I-10 in Arizona!

  7. Hi Nick and Terry,

    You weren’t that far away from us when you were in Lake Charles. We live an hour northeast of there in Oberlin. We’re glad you made it safely through the storm. There sure was a lot of wind, kept me awake most of the night. We are still remodeling our house and trying to get our son and his family in so we can try fulltiming for a year. We have been living in our 5th wheel in our yard since Aug. while working on the house. We did take a trip in Sept. to the Smokies and Illinois for the Hitchhiker International Rally. We are still hoping someday to attend one of your rallies, but something always comes up to cancel our plans. Hope to see you again down the road soon. We met you in Livingston at Octoberfest a few years ago and again in Sedalia at Escapade this year when we went by your booth and bought a CD. Keep up your blog; we enjoy reading it every morning and also reading the Gypsy Journal when it arrives.

  8. Merry Christmas and a Happy, Blessed New Year to both you and Terry. Keep heading West and the weather will improve. Not very warm (36 here in AJ this morning) but at least it’s not raining or snowing. Maybe we can get together when your here.

    Bob and Judy

  9. Merry Christmas Nick and Miss Terry. Thanks for getting your Gypsy Journal to me in time for Christmas. Lenny was very surprised and happy. He’s already enjoying it. God Bless you on your travels. Hope to see you somewhere on the road. Janis

  10. I’ve been enjoying your blog ever since I found it. I’m glad to see that you seem to be making you journey through the bad weathers safely. It’s a balmy 28 degrees here, a big difference from 9 degrees yesterday. 🙂
    Happy Holidays to the both of you.

  11. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    Thanks for the reminder to remember our service men and women. this year is a good one in our family our son is in the USA for Christmas and we will travel to northern TN to see him and family next week.
    We are still set to close on our house sale Monday. Man I have got to get busy on the MCI. Anne sure wants water working by then.

  12. Merry Christmas, buddy. Hugs to Terry.

  13. Merry Christmas Nick and Terry and safe uneventful travel.

  14. Merry Christmas. We wouldn’t miss a day of your blog. Safe travels.

  15. Merry Christmas to you and Terry from Peter and I. Temp this morning in Quartzsite 26.4 degrees. But clear and sun now coming up and I am on this side of the ground not the other side. All in all a great day. Going to Christmas lunch with Phil and Ann and several other couples. Good fellowship and great food. Have a wonderful trip West. Love ya, Connie B.

  16. Nick and Terry,

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday. Drive safely. I will be spending the day playing with Legos with River and working on Ravens new knitting machine with her since she has decided she now can make a hat for everyone in the family. I’m sure she’ll have one waiting for you and Terry (to protect her beautiful hair) when you both come back this way. Much love and warm wishes to both of you.

  17. Nick and Terry,

    Have a terrific Christmas and be careful with the traffic. If your travels this summer bring you anywhere near the Pacific Northcoast, let us know. We live near the coast and always have room for another RV and in the summer we’re on our boat in the San Juans and would love to take you for a ride. See you in Yuma.

  18. Holiday Greetings from Cool, CA where the temps are in the mid-50s and sunny today. (Wasn’t that way last week when we had 11″ of snow. ;-)). We packed the clothes into the motorhome yesterday and after a quick trip to see the grandkids this weekend, we’ll be hitting the road Monday for SoCal and Arizona through mid-April. Hope to see you again at the GJ Rallies in Yuma and, hopefully, in Elkhart next fall when we head for the East Coast. Merry Christmas to all the Blog readers, too.
    Judy and Luke Rinehimer

  19. Merry Christmas! We, your faithful blog readers, appreciate your taking the time to post on Christmas Day. Safe travels!

  20. Merry Christmas to you both.

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