Off To See The Family

 Posted by at 12:17 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 182011

Today we are off to Pinellas Park to spend the day with my Florida kinfolk, my late brother Jack’s sons and daughter, and their families. I reconnected with this branch of my family last year, and it was wonderful to get to know them again after so many years. One of the great things about the fulltime RV lifestyle is having the opportunity to touch base with family and friends you have not seen in years.

It’s about 85 miles to my nephew Steve’s house, and everybody is expected to show up about noon, so we’ll be up and on the road long before our usual time. But it’s well worth it to get to see everybody again.

Somebody e-mailed me yesterday to ask what I thought of the Dragon Dictate speech recognition software I recently purchased. I can’t tell you, because I haven’t installed it yet. The software has a learning curve, and you have to teach it to recognize your voice. I’ve been busy concentrating on getting my new book finished, and have not taken the time to try it out yet. Once I do, I’ll share my thoughts about it.

We didn’t do much yesterday. In fact, the only time I poked my head out the door of our motorhome was to take the trash down to the dumpster, a few sites down from us. I answered a bunch of e-mails in the morning, and worked on the new book the rest of the day. Meanwhile, Miss Terry was busy with paperwork, baking oatmeal chocolate chip pecan cookie bars, and making a batch of fudge to take with us today. For dinner, she broiled pork loin steaks, and served them with orzo pasta. Delicious! It sure is nice being married to the world’s best cook! 🙂

An RV park is kind of like a small town if you stay around long enough, and the Orlando Thousand Trails preserve is a place where we enjoy hanging out. Except for the yappy mutts behind us, who have not quieted down much since the rangers promised me they were going to talk to their owner, this is a pretty quiet campground, even though it has over 500 RV sites and is really crowded this time of year. Every evening we hear the fireworks from Disney World off in the distance, but that’s about it. We’re far enough back off the highway that we don’t hear any traffic noise or sirens.

But about 8:30 or 9 last night, we heard a lot of honking and noise off in the distance, and wondered what the heck was going on. It got closer and closer, eventually coming down our street. The Thousand Trails was having a golf cart Christmas parade, and there was a procession of decorated golf carts going by, with everybody calling out “Merry Christmas!” That was kind of cool.

Before I close, I want to wish my dear friend Orv Hazelton happy birthday. We’ve known Orv and his lovely wife Nancy a long time, and they have always been wonderful to us. We look forward to seeing them again at our Arizona Gypsy Journal Rally in March. Until then, happy birthday, Orv! I hope you have a great day!

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  One Response to “Off To See The Family”

  1. You haven’t installed your new software yet? You’re going to give us geeks a bad name:-)

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