Apr 102011

Damn, it’s cold! It was cold when I went to bed Friday night, it was cold all day Saturday, it was cold all night long, and it’s still cold this morning! Enough already!

My buddies Al Hesselbart from the RV Museum in Elkhart, Indiana and Rocky Frees up in Muskegon, Michigan have delighted in writing to tell me about the 80 degree temperatures they are enjoying. Thanks guys, I appreciate your support. It’s nice to know you’ve got my back.

The mountains around us have a nice dusting of snow, and all day yesterday we had a mixture of rain, sleet, and snow here at the Thousand Trails campground. It was a good day to stay inside, and that’s just what we did. I have been feeling pretty puny lately, and yesterday morning I slept until after noon. I never even heard Miss Terry get up and start her day. But it helped a lot, and while I still don’t feel very good, at least I have more energy than I have in days.

I worked on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and got several pages done, and we watched a couple of old movies on TV as the wind rocked our motorhome and the rain pounded on the roof. We really appreciated how our Teepee Creepers slippers kept our feet toasty warm!  At one point, Terry looked outside and saw a great blue heron flying past, just a few feet off the ground. If I had wings, I’d be headed as far south as they’d carry me!

Miss Terry was busy baking, and I’m not sure which I appreciated more, the delicious asiago cheese bagels and apple crisp she made, or the heat the baking process added to our rig! Yeah, you’re right, it was the goodies!


This is the peak period for the Verde Valley Thousand Trails preserve, so we have to stay out 28 days under our contract, and as I wrote yesterday, we can’t go to Show Low to see my daughter yet. So I called Resorts of Distinction (ROD) and booked us for a week at the Western Horizons campground, which is just a couple of miles east. Under our ROD membership, we can stay at any affiliated campground for seven days, twice a year, for no cost except our annual dues. We don’t use ROD a lot, but it’s a good deal that has come in handy for us.

About 5 p.m. we finally ventured outside to go to dinner with Greg and Jan at La Fonda, an excellent small Mexican restaurant that we first tried a few days ago. I was impressed that our waitress not only remembered us, she remembered what each of us had ordered last time, right down to our drinks! Now that’s a professional! You can bet she got a good tip!

Back at the campground, we drove past this Airstream trailer with a slideout. I’ve always been a fan of these classic looking travel trailers, and a few years ago, we toured the Airstream factory in Jackson Center, Ohio with our friends Ron and Brenda Speidel. Ron is an Airstream fan too, and Miss Terry and Brenda had to keep a close eye on us so we didn’t sign any papers to order one while we were there! 🙂

Airstream with slide

Greg and Jan brought over some delicious French vanilla ice cream to go with Terry’s apple crisp, and I don’t think you could buy a better desert in the entire state of Arizona. We spent an hour or so talking about favorite books and movies from our respective childhoods. All four of us were hooked on books at an early age, and none of us could even begin to remember how many books we’ve read in our lives. Jan and I were delighted to learn that one of the favorite books for both of us was Robb White’s The Lion’s Paw. The book was just re-released, and I was tempted to order a copy for my granddaughters, but at $29.95 a copy, I think I’ll just keep an eye open at the used bookstores we frequent. I’m curious, what was your favorite book when you were growing up?

After Greg and Jan left, I wrote my blog, and also made a post to my self-publishing blog, then turned the computer over to Bad Nick so he could post a new Bad Nick Blog titled What’s In A Name?. Check it out and leave a comment.

Thought For The Day – Enjoy where you are right now in your life, because the past is gone, and the future is uncertain.

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  17 Responses to “Put Another Log On The Fire”

  1. I got hooked on the Tarzan series….I had copies of all the episodes.

  2. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Next: Swiss Family Robinson

  3. Walter Farley’s series about horses, Nancy Drew, The Bobbsey Twins.

  4. Nancy Drew mystries and the Bobbsey (sp) Twins for me too….

  5. My favorite was Anne Frank and then the Nancy Drew mysteries.

  6. The Tarzan series was my favorit, although I would read anything I could get my grabby little hands on. I’m still that way 🙂

  7. The first novel I read at about 13 was Battle Cry by Leon Uris. My mom wondered if it was too adult for me. It was.


  8. I hope Miss Terry will be sharing her apple crisp and cheese bagel recipes. They both look awesome!

  9. The Adventures of Tom Swift and the Hardy Boys.

  10. Growing up my parents owned a neighborhood grocery store that sold comic books. Give me an Archie or MAD Magazine and I was happy for hours.

  11. I haven’t seen a MAD magazine in years. Do they still publish it? I loved Spy Vs Spy!

  12. Great thread Nick. I grew up reading the classics like Tom Sawyer, Robinson Cruse, Treasure Island, and the Three Musketeers.

  13. Black Beauty was my favorite books a s a little girl. I still love horses!

  14. The book I enjoyed most was Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon (aka William Trogdon). Great story of a man travelling aimlessly in a converted cargo van and the people and places visted along the journey. He rates his cafes by how many calendars are on the walls. A must read!

  15. anything by Arthur Conan Doyle or Jack London or Mark twain

  16. My favorite book growing up was one that a great-aunt had given my dad when he was a boy (it was inscribed to “Master Tommy”). “Nobody’s Buddy” by John A. Moroso is the story of an orphan boy and his dog who travel with the circus. I cannot tell you how many times I read it.

    I wanted to run away to the circus, too. Maybe that is why I became a full-time RVer!

  17. The Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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